Praibis Into NCAA Main Singles Draw
May 17, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's tennis player Jakub Praibis has moved from the second alternate into the main draw of the 64-player NCAA Singles Championship on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., May 23-28.
"We are very happy that Jakub is into the main draw of the NCAA Singles Championship," Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger said. "He deserves to be among the best players in the country. He is a quality player and has the ability to make an impact on the tournament."
He earns a berth in the Championship for the second straight season. Last year, he advanced to the round of 32 before dropping a close affair to Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State, 6-4, 7-6.
The back-to-back All-Big Ten first-teamer closed the season with a 22-10 record and an 8-2 ledger in Big Ten play. The Litomerice, Czech Republic, product earned his highest national Intercollegiate Tennis Assocation standing of 39th overall on March 22.
The top singles player for the Cream and Crimson was twice honored as the Big Ten Player of the Week (Feb. 3 and March 11). The senior downed six ranked opponents this spring and has rolled over 13 for his career.
"He played in every match for us this season," Hydinger said. "He played at the No. 1 singles spot and didn't duck playing anyone. It's not the easiest way to make it into the tournament. Everyone was gunning for him at every match."
Praibis will take part in the single elimination tournament featuring 64 of the top singles player in the nation. The draw for the 64-player field will be announced on Saturday, May 21.
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