INDIANAPOLIS --- No. 2 North Carolina placed a program-high four selections in the NCAA Division I Singles Championships, the Women's Tennis Subcommittee announced Wednesday. The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 17-21.
Gina Suarez-Malaguti leads the way for the Tar Heels as the No. 7 overall seed in the event. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., senior earned the automatic bid from the Atlantic Coast Conference as the league's player of the year. By virtue of her top-8 seed, Suarez-Malaguti will earn ITA All-America honors for the first time in her career.
Joining Suarez-Malaguti in the singles field are fellow senior Zoe De Bruycker, sophomore Caroline Price and freshman Whitney Kay. De Bruycker is appearing in the singles event for the third time in her career. As a sophmore in 2011, De Bruycker advanced to the round of 16 to earn All-America honors.
Price has had a breakout sophomore campaign and will enter the postseason with a dual match record of 20-2. Kay has been equally impressive in her first season of college tennis, posting an 18-3 mark in duals. She is the first Carolina freshman to earn a bid to the NCAA singles event since Sanaz Marand and Katrina Tsang were at-large selections in 2007.
The draws for both singles and doubles will not be announced until just before the start of the tournaments. All matches will be standard best-of-three sets with 12-point tiebreaks at 6-all.