CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –Senior Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Maine) has been selected to compete in the 2019 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship and will team up with freshman Sofia Munera (Pereira, Colombia) in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship, it was announced with the release of the brackets by the NCAA on Tuesday (April 30).
Kelley is one of 64 players selected to compete in the singles bracket, while she and Munera are one of 32 doubles tandems selected to compete in the doubles bracket. The 2019 NCAA Women’s Singles and Doubles Championships will be held May 20-25 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, following the conclusion of the NCAA Women’s Team Championships.
It is the first time Kelley has been selected to compete in the singles championship and third time she has been selected to compete in the doubles championship. Kelley is currently ranked No. 22 in the latest Oracle/ITA Women’s Singles Rankings after achieving a career-high ranking of No. 20 earlier this season. An All-ACC first team selection, Kelley went 10-4 in the ACC at the top of the lineup for the Cavaliers and is 24-12 on the season.
In doubles action, Kelley and Munera are ranked No. 18 in the latest Oracle/ITA Women’s Doubles Rankings. The duo won the ITA Atlantic Regional in the fall and claimed the consolation bracket at the ITA National Fall Championships. The Cavalier tandem is 13-3 on the year.
All matches shall be the best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six-games-all will be used for all matches. In doubles, a 10-point match tiebreaker will be played in lieu of a third set.
Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championship is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 started singles matches, with six matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Automatic qualification into the Division I doubles championship is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams must have started a minimum of 10 doubles matches, with a minimum of four matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.