RICHMOND, Va. – After finishing up his degree at VCU in a few weeks, senior Alexis Heugas of the VCU men's tennis team will stay busy after earning a berth in both the NCAA singles and doubles championship this week.
Heugas will play in the singles championship and then team up with Nick Jones in the doubles championship. Play will run from May 21-26 at Dan Magill Tennix Complex in Athens, Georgia.
The Jurancon, France native finished the year with 20 singles victories, including 12 at the top spot in VCU's lineup this spring. Five of his 20 victories came over ranked opponents to help him finish the spring ranked #75 in the latest ITA rankings. Two of his best victories came against NC State's Austin Powell (#51) and Mississippi State's Florian Lakat (#61).
In doubles action, Heugas and Jones finished the spring ranked #42 in the country, sporting a 13-3 mark this year. That includes wins over 17th-ranked Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp of Mississippi State and 46th-ranked Amerigo Contini and Andreas Bjerrehus of Virginia Tech.
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.
Automatic qualification into the Division I doubles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams must have a minimum of 10 completed doubles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Full brackets will be announced later this month.