Men's Tennis

    Praibis Ready For NCAA Field Of 64

    Go Hoosiers! Jakub Praibis will compete in his second straight NCAA Singles Championship, May 25-28.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Jakub Praibis will compete in his second straight NCAA Singles Championship, May 25-28.
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 23, 2005

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Jakub Praibis will make his second straight trip to the NCAA Singles Championship, May 25-28, on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. The Litomerice, Czech Republic, product was slated as the second alternate, but moved into the main draw, announced the NCAA on May 17. His first-round opponent has yet to be determined, and the draw will be announced on Tuesday, May 24, at 2 p.m.

    Praibis News & Notes

    - The senior was named to the All-Big Ten first team for the second consecutive season on April 28. He was one of six unanimous selections on the team and became just the eighth all-time Hoosier to garner the league honor twice.

    - Praibis closed the year with a 22-10 overall record and an 8-2 mark in Big Ten play. The senior had a dual slate of 18-6 that included a winning streak of seven matches.

    - During the season, Praibis faced eight players that either earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Singles Championship or were chosen as alternates. He was 3-5 in those contests.

    NCAA Singles Schedule

    Tuesday, May 24
    2 p.m. - Draw/Brackets Released

    Wednesday, May 25
    10 a.m. - Round of 64

    Thursday, May 26
    10 a.m. - Round of 32

    Friday, May 27
    12 p.m. - Round of 16

    Saturday, May 28
    12 p.m. - Quarterfinals

    Sunday, May 29
    12 p.m. - Semifinals

    Monday, May 30
    12 p.m. - Finals

    At Last Year's Championship

    Jakub Praibis advanced to the round of 32 at last year's NCAA Singles Championship held in Tulsa, Okla.

    He topped then-No. 59 Calle Hansen of Pepperdine in a close first round match by the score 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.

    Praibis dropped a 6-4, 7-6 decision to then-No. 3 Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State in the second round of the championship.

    Back-to-Back Big Ten Accolades

    Jakub Praibis earned his second straight All-Big Ten accolade on April 29.

    Praibis, one of six unanimous selections to the all-league team, closed the regular season with an 18-6 dual record and an 8-2 ledger in Big Ten play. The Litomerice, Czech Republic, product earned his highest national ITA 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 during the spring.

    Ranked Players Beware

    Senior Jakub Praibis defeated his sixth ranked opponent of the spring when he bested Ohio State's Joey Atas, 53rd in the nation, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, on April 9.

    The fifth ranked prey of the dual season was then-No. 14 Kevin Anderson of Illinois. Anderson, who entered the match with an unblemished mark of 13-0, was downed in a three-set thriller, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

    Earlier in the season Praibis downed then-No. 77 Stephen Bass of then-No. 34 Notre Dame, 6-4, 7-5, on Jan. 22, and then-No. 68 Andreas Siljestrom of then-No. 54 Middle Tennessee State, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5, on Feb. 5. He also got the best of then-No. 82 Conor Taylor of 57 N.C. State, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, on Feb. 13 and then-No. 124 Damar Johnson of Louisville, 6-3, 6-1, on Feb. 18.

    Praibis has now beaten 13 ranked opponents for his career. He vanquished a pair last year and five as a sophomore.




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