RICHMOND, Va. – With six of her 17 wins on the year coming against ranked opponents, sophomore Yukako Noi earned the top ranking by any Atlantic 10 player in the latest ITA rankings.
That top ranking earned Noi a spot in the 2014 NCAA Singles Championship, which runs from May 21-26 at Dan Magill Tennix Complex in Athens, Georgia.
Noi finished the year with 17-9 mark overall and 9-4 this spring. Six of those wins came against ranked competition. Her best win came at the end of the fall season when she dropped Virginia's Stephanie Nauta in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. Nauta is now the 53rd-ranked player in the country.
From February 1st on, the Gojo, Japan native went 8-1 overall. In her three singles matches at the Atlantic 10 Championship, Noi was en route to straight set victories when the clinching point was decided in each of VCU's three wins.
Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 completed singles matches, with six matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Full brackets will be announced later this month.