May 20, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
NCAA Singles and Doubles action gets underway in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex beginning Wednesday with the singles round of 64 where the Crimson Tide will be represented by Daniil Proskura
. Alabama is also in the field of 32 doubles teams vying for a national championship as Proskura and Becker O'Shaughnessey
earned a 5-8 seed.
Proskura is slated to face Hunter Harrington of Clemson at 8 a.m. CT on Wednesday, while Thursday's doubles match against California's Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton will take place not before Noon CT.
Proskura has had his best season to date, ranking as high as No. 12 in singles. He won back-to-back SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards and was recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team. Proskura, playing the entire dual-match season at No. 1 for Alabama, has won his last five matches bringing his season total to 19-6.
Together, Proskura and O'Shaughnessey have ranked as high as No. 7 nationally and earned ITA Doubles All-America status with their top-eight seeding in the NCAA tournament. The duo beat the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams in the nation in consecutive weeks and also head into tournament play having won their last five matches.
Harrington, Clemson's No. 1 singles player, is currently ranked 48th and holds an overall record of 24-12 this season. He enters the NCAA Singles Championship having won his previous four matches.
Bayane and Melton, ranked 28th, have played at both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles for Cal this season where they hold a 13-4 record in dual matches.
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