LMU freshmen Veronica Miroshnichenko and Eva Marie Voracek were awarded at-large bids to the 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships in an announcement released on Wednesday. The duo were later granted the Oracle Wild Card selection for doubles, and will compete in both singles and doubles.
The selection to the Fall National Championship is the first for LMU since Pavla Mesterova competed in the 2007 ITA National Indoor Championships.
The 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, which serves as the concluding event to the fall portion of the college tennis schedule, is the only intercollegiate event to feature competitors from all five divisions competing for a national championship.
Through a combination of on-court competition and at-large berths and wild cards, there are several ways for student-athletes to qualify for the 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, which will be held November 1-5, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California, and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.
To be considered for an at-large selection in singles, a player must have reached the quarterfinals of the Oracle ITA Masters, the Round of 16 of the All-American Championships or the quarterfinals of an ITA Regional Championship Presented by Oracle. At-large singles selections will be based on each players' ITA/UTR Rankings Average. This average is a combination of a players' ITA preseason national ranking, Universal Tennis Rating and ITA mid-season unpublished ranking.
Of the 10 at-large doubles selections, six will be made by the National Tournament Committee from the pool of regional finalists who submitted for consideration. The remaining four selections will be made by the National Tournament Committee from the remaining pool of regional finalists, All-American quarterfinalists and regional semifinalists who submitted for consideration.
Miroshnichenko recently completed a run to the semifinals at the 2017 ITA Southwest Regional last weekend, while Voracek, who made it the quarterfinal round last weekend, reached the round of 16 at the 2017 Oracle ITA Masters tournament and the qualifying rounds at the Riviera ITA/All-American Championships earlier this year.
As a doubles pair, the duo reached the qualifying rounds at the 2017 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. They then advanced to the semifinal round from the ITA Southwest Regional hosted by San Diego and San Diego State last weekend.
ITA At-Large Singles Selections (22 spots):
1) Ena Shibahara, UCLA
2) Karla Popovic, California
3) Jessie Aney, North Carolina
4) Sara Daavettila, North Carolina
5) Estela Perez-Somarriba, Univ. of Miami (FL)
6) Brooke Austin, Univ. of Florida
7) Kaitlyn McCarthy, Duke
8) Felicity Maltby, Texas Tech
9) Leolia Jeanjean, Univ. of Arkansas
10) Marie Leduc, Clemson
11) Olivia Hauger, California
12) Marta Gonzalez, Univ. of Georgia
13) Alexa Graham, North Carolina
14) Paige Hourigan, Georgia Tech
15) Veronica Miroshnichenko, Loyola Marymount
16) Maria Kononova, Univ. of North Texas
17) Anna Bright, California
18) Ayan Broomfield, UCLA
19) Celia Ruiz, East Carolina
20) Aleksandra Zenovka, TCU
21) Eva Marie Voracek, Loyola Marymount
22) Kelly Chen, Duke
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