Three Washington University Women’s Tennis Players to Compete in 2012 NCAA Division III Individual Championships
St. Louis, Mo., May 9, 2012 – No. 11-ranked Washington University in St. Louis will be represented by one singles player and one doubles team at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Individual Championships, which are scheduled for May 24-26 at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.
Senior Natalie Tingir was one of 32 individuals selected to compete in the singles championship. Junior Kate Klein and Corinne Rauck will be among the 16 duos vying for the doubles title. Klein competed in the 2010 NCAA Championships in singles, while Tingir and Rauck will be making their first appearances at the Individual Championships.
Tingir, the No. 4-ranked singles player in the Central Region, earned first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors at No. 1 singles for the Bears. She posted a 15-9 record at No. 1 singles this season, including winning 11 of her last 13 matches. Tingir became the 19th player in school history to earn 100 career wins with her come-from-behind three-set victory against No. 4 Carnegie Mellon University in the third-place match at the UAA Championship.
Klein and Rauck enter the postseason with a 9-6 doubles record this season. The duo has won four of their last five matches, including a 2-1 record at the UAA Championship that earned them second-team all-UAA recognition. Klein and Rauck are the fifth-ranked doubles team in the Central Region.
Washington U. (15-7) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship, and will have a first-round bye as the second seed in the region that will be hosted by No. 2 University of Chicago on Friday-Sunday, May 11-13. The Bears begin NCAA Regional play with a 10 a.m. match on Saturday against the winner of the first-round match between No. 21 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Wisconsin Lutheran College.