May 4, 2011
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech women’s tennis student-athlete Jillian O’Neill has earned an at-large selection to the 2011 NCAA Division I Singles Championship to be held May 25-30 at the Taube Tennis Center on the Stanford University campus in Stanford, Calif.
Junior Viet Ha Ngo was named an alternate selection to the field of 64.
“We have several players that I feel are very worthy of selection into this year’s NCAA Tournament, and I am very happy for Jillian,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “Jillian has made steady improvement and has a lot more room to grow which bodes well for her future. I believe next year we will have a much larger number of players selected for the tournament. It will just come down to doing the work the right way.”
O’Neill earned All-ACC honors this season after posting a 21-14 singles record this season and owns a 7-4 record playing from the top spot of the Yellow Jackets’ order. In the ACC Tournament, O’Neill downed North Carolina’s 11th-ranked Zoe De Bruycker, 6-2, 6-4, and has climbed to 32nd in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings.
Ngo is 22-15 this year and is currently ranked 65th and was selected as the fifth alternate for this year’s national tournament. Ngo has played the No. 3 position since mid-March and owns a 5-3 record for Georgia Tech. Alternates are chosen to replace players who withdraw from the field of 64.
“We need to focus on everyone being prepared for the team competition which begins May 14th. That will also help Jillian and Viet Ha to be prepared for the individual competition,” Shelton said.
The Yellow Jackets will begin the team championship on May 14 against Jacksonville State in a noon match at the Bill Moore Tennis Center on the Georgia Tech campus.
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