Courtney Collins Selected to Play in NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
May 1, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Courtney Collins was one of 64 players selected to participate in the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships, which is set to take place at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex and the Atkins Tennis Center, May 22-27, in Urbana, Ill.
Collins, who will be making her second-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships, received an at-large bid after a 15-9 record this season and a national ranking of No. 46. She was sidelined most of the fall to recover from shoulder surgery before making her senior debut in November in doubles play. Collins and teammate Kelly Gray took down pairs from Florida, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State to win the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic.
"I'm so proud of Courtney for what she has overcome mentally and physically this past year," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "Last year, she had an incredible year and returning to the court this past January so many people had high expectations for her, especially herself. I'm proud of the way she was able to have perspective and focus on the things she could control. I want her to enjoy every moment of the championship, and know that she is capable of winning the national championship and finishing her career No. 1 in the country."
Collins has defeated two of the top-16 seeded players in the country this season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 10th-seeded Julia Elbaba of Virginia and a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 15 Petra Niedermayerova of Kansas State. Collins also defeated the Ivy League's automatic qualifier, Nicole Bartnik of Columbia, 6-3, 6-2.
"It feels great to be going back to the NCAA Championships," Collins said. "I was so excited when Lee told me, and I am just so blessed to have been given this opportunity again. All the hard work and trying to get back and play has helped me tremendously."
In 2012, Collins became the first Memphis tennis player to be selected to the NCAA Championships. She reached as high as No. 27 in the nation to earn an automatic bid into the championships by being the highest ranked individual in Conference USA. At the NCAA Championships, Collins faced No. 4 seed Robin Anderson of UCLA, falling 6-3, 6-0 in the first round.
Collins has reached as high as No. 23 in the rankings this spring, and has been in the top 50 since late February. She will learn her first round opponent in the coming weeks. Check back on GoTigersGo.com at a later date for more information on the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships.