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May 3, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Ten Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes - including three of the top five national seeds - will be among the 64 competitors in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships, to be held May 23-28 at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
ACC Freshman of the Year Mitchell Frank of Virginia earned the ACC's automatic qualifying spot and will be seeded No. 2 in the NCAA singles field. ACC Player of the Year Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia earned the No. 4 seed and Duke's Henrique Cunha is seeded fifth. Virginia, the six-time ACC champion, placed two players among the top four national seeds for the second straight year.
Also selected to the field were Duke's Chris Mengel, Georgia Tech's Kevin King and Juan Spir, North Carolina's Jose Hernandez, NC State's Jaime Pulgar, Virginia's Alex Domijan and Virginia Tech's Luka Somen. In addition, Clemson's Yannick Maden was chosen as the fourth singles alternate.
Five ACC tandems are among the 32-team doubles field, led by automatic qualifier and third-seeded King and Spir of Georgia Tech. Virginia's Jenkins and ACC Championship MVP Drew Courtney drew a 5-8 seed as a doubles team. Courtney teamed with Michael Shabaz to win the 2010 NCAA doubles title. Duke's Mengel and Cunha, Maryland's Maros Horny and John Collins, and North Carolina's Hernandez and Joey Burkhardt were also chosen as at-large team selections, and Duke's Cunha and Fred Saba were picked as the second doubles team alternates.
The individual singles and doubles championships will be held at Georgia following the NCAA Team Championships, which are set to conclude on May 22.
The ACC will also be well-represented in the NCAA men's team competition, which gets under way on May 11. Third-seeded Virginia, No. 8-seeded Duke, No. 15-seeded North Carolina, Florida State, NC State and Virginia Tech all earned spots in the field. Below is a complete list of ACC student-athletes who will be competing in the NCAA Division I singles and doubles championship tournaments (numbers indicate national seeding).
Mitchell Frank, Virginia (No. 2; Automatic qualifier)
Jarmere Jenkins, Virginia (No. 4)
Henrique Cuha, Duke (No. 5)
Chris Mengel, Duke
Kevin King, Georgia Tech
Juan Spir, Georgia Tech
Jose Hernandez, North Carolina
Jaime Pulgar, NC State
Alex Domijan, Virginia
Luka Somen, Virginia Tech
Singles alternate: 4. Yannick Maden, Clemson
Kevin King-Juan Spir, Georgia Tech (Automatic qualifier; No. 3)
Drew Courtney-Jarmere Jenkins Virginia (No. 5-8)
Chris Mengel-Henrique Cunha, Duke
Maros Horny-John Collins, Maryland
Joey Burkhardt-Jose Hernandez, North Carolina
Doubles alternate: 2. Henrique Cunha-Fred Saba, Duke