RICHMOND, Va. - Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado earned the Atlantic 10's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship. She is the first VCU player to earn a bid to the singles tournament since Cindy Chala in 2015.

The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 20-25 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, after the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 16-19.

Diaz-Delgado is currently ranked 77th by the ITA with an 8.53 average. She is also the only A-10 singles player ranked in the top 125. Delgado has played the No. 1 singles for VCU for the entire spring and boasts a record of 19-1 in dual matches.

Diaz-Delgado has earned Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week honors three times this season and won each of her singles matches on the way to VCU capturing its sixth A-10 Championship in the past seven years.

Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championship is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players.  All singles players had to have a minimum of 13 started singles matches, with six matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.