INDIANAPOLIS – Columbia’s Victor Pham has qualified for the NCAA Singles Tournament, while Jack Lin and William Matheson have qualified for the NCAA Doubles tournament. Both the NCAA Singles and Doubles take place May 23-28 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, upon the conclusion of the NCAA Team Tournament, hosted by Wake Forest.
Pham is the automatic qualifier out of the Ivy League as the top ranked singles player in the conference. Combining the spring with the fall season, the junior went 24-8 overall, and rose as high as No. 7 in the singles rankings. The Saratoga, California, native battled back from injury to play in the final five Ivy League matches, helping the Lions to their fifth consecutive Ivy League title. Columbia’s top singles player came in at No. 23 in the ITA singles poll on April 24, and will compete in the field of 64 singles players.
Lin and Matheson are the automatic qualifiers as well on the doubles side, and are slated to compete among the 32 doubles pairs at Wake Forest. The No. 44 ranked pair combined to go 20-6 overall in 2017-18, including a 14-4 mark in the spring after qualifying for the ITA Fall National Championship in the fall.
If anyone were to drop out in the singles or doubles tournament, Jackie Tang will be ready as the fifth alternate on the singles side, as well as an alternate with Pham in doubles. Tang posted an 11-4 mark this spring after going 12-6 in the fall as the No. 2 singles player, and came in at No. 53 in the latest singles rankings. Pham and Tang went 14-9 overall this year in doubles, and were ranked as high as No. 7 throughout the season.
No. 16 Columbia will be back in action on Friday, May 11 at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center, when it hosts the regional round of the NCAA Team Tournament. The Lions are slated to play Monmouth in the opening round at 1 p.m. on Friday, after the 10 a.m. match between Virginia and VCU. The following day, the winners will meet at noon.