May 22, 2018
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men’s tennis junior Aswin Lizen (Douglas, Isle of Man) will compete in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship, being held May 23-28 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Lizen was an at-large selection to the 64-player singles field and will open up the tournament by taking on Alabama’s Mazen Osama on Wednesday, May 23, at 11:30 a.m. The winner of the match will face either Trevor Johnson of TCU or Daniel Valent of Vanderbilt in the second round on Thursday, May 24.
Lizen had the highest win tally for the Cavaliers this season, posting a 30-6 record in singles. Ranked as high as No. 10 in singles this spring, Lizen went 12-1 in singles in the fall and opened the spring winning his first eight singles matches to start the year, 20-1. In the fall, Lizen was the ITA Atlantic Regional Singles champion and advanced to the Round of 16 at the Oracle ITA Fall National Championships. He was 18-5 this spring in singles, including posting a 9-3 record in conference matches. This is his first appearance in the singles tournament.
Osama, a 9-16 seed, is currently ranked No. 10 in singles with a 15-7 record and 9-6 mark against nationally-ranked opponents. The junior was named the ITA Southern Region Player to Watch earlier this week, his second time winning the honor.
Virginia men’s tennis players have won four NCAA singles titles. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski was last year’s champion, following Ryan Shane (2015) and two-time champion Somdev Devvarman (2007-08). Sophomore Carl SÃƒÂ¶derlund (Stockholm, Sweden) was also selected to play in the championship, but has withdrawn from the tournament.