Tan to Open NCAA Championship Bid
May 20, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU women’s tennis junior Stefanie Tan will open the 2014 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship beginning on Wednesday, May 21 with a match against No. 57 Caroline Doyle of Stanford at 1:30 p.m., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
The No. 41 Tan is looking to repeat her run to the Sweet 16 from just a year ago and become only the second two-time All-American in Horned Frog history. The Singapore native is the 11th student-athlete and the 16th overall selection to the singles portion of the NCAA Championships. Tan’s selection also marks the third year in a row and 10th time out of the last 11 years that a TCU player has been selected to the singles or doubles bracket.
A two-time All-Big 12 Singles team selection, this season Tan was ranked as high as No. 30 in the ITA singles poll and finished the regular season with a 31-8 record. Tan faced 18 ranked opponents at No. 1 singles and posted 11 wins over those opponents. Tan recorded a 16-4 record on court one in dual matches and finished off the season going 7-1. Tan lost only two conference matches and was runner up for the No. 1 singles title in the Big 12.
Tan began the season by advancing to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Texas Regional for the second year in a row. After her loss on Oct. 20, Tan won 11 straight matches from Nov. 8 to March 1. All seven of the junior’s losses this season came to opponents ranked in the ITA top 125.
Doyle is coming off helping Stanford reach the Final Four in the team portion at the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in the last five years, before falling to No. 7 North Carolina on Monday. Doyle is one of six singles players competing in the bracket for the Cardinal and owns a team-best 32-5 overall record. The freshman went 19-2 in dual matches, 13-3 in tournament matches and 8-1 in Pac-12 play. Doyle played the majority of her season at No. 6 singles and was victorious over five ranked opponents.
If Tan should win, she will face the winner of Alanna Wolff of Princeton and No. 2 Robin Anderson of UCLA on Thursday.
A live stream of the match can be found at NCAA.com, with final results and a recap available on GoFrogs.com following the completion of the competition.
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