Kessler, Briggs & Zein selected for NCAA Individual Championships
Kessler will compete in singles competitions while Briggs and Zein will team up to play doubles.
The singles and doubles competition will take place May 23-28 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Champaign, Ill., following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs May 20-22. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will serve as host.
Currently the No. 12 player in the nation, Kessler earned an at-large selection and will be seeded between ninth and sixteenth. Briggs and Zein also won an overall bid in doubles competition.
Kessler, on track to be named the 2022 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, has been dominant this season. In addition to earning First Team All-SEC honors, Kessler had the best singles record for UF at 19-7 (17-5 in doubles; 12-1 in SEC), earning 13 straight singles wins in the February 12 to April. . 8, with 13 team-best ranked wins. She also had two top 10 singles wins.
On the doubles side, Briggs and Zein are currently ranked No. 15 and have gone 15-8 on the season, including a 6-5 record in doubles matches. Against ranked opponents, the duo are 3-3, with the highest win against No. 11 Zaar/Flores of Pepperdine, 6-4.
All matches will be best of three sets. Commercial-free scoring and a seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six games – all will be used for all games. In doubles, a 10-point tiebreaker will be played instead of a third set.
Automatic Division I singles championship qualification is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for Eligible/Registered Singles Players. For conferences with more than one singles player among the ITA’s top 125 eligible/registered singles players, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete automatically qualifies from those conferences. . All singles players must have a minimum of 13 started singles matches, with six matches in the spring, in order to be selected as automatic qualifiers or as an overall selection.
Automatic qualification to the Division I Doubles Championship is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/registered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team among the ITA’s top 60 eligible/registered doubles teams, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team automatically qualifies for those conferences. . All doubles teams must have started a minimum of 10 doubles matches, with a minimum of four matches in the spring, in order to be selected as automatic qualifier or general selection.