Four Illini Selected for NCAA Championships
May 4, 2006
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships on Thursday and four members of the Illinois tennis program appeared on the list. Ryler DeHeart and Kevin Anderson were selected to the singles field, while the tandem of DeHeart and Pramod Dabir and the nation's fourth-ranked team of Anderson and Ryan Rowe were selected to the doubles field.
DeHeart is making his second consecutive appearance in both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. The Tampa, Fla., native was named an All-American last year after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the singles draw and automatically earned All-America status this season by way of being seeded in the top 16. DeHeart will be seeded 9-16 when the draw is announced. Last season DeHeart reached the Sweet 16 of the Doubles Championship with GD Jones, but will try to build on that finish with fellow senior Dabir this year. Dabir and DeHeart are ranked No. 19 in the latest ITA poll and own a 10-0 record.
Anderson earned an at-large bid into the singles draw and will try to repeat as All-American after reaching the Sweet 16 last year in College Station, Texas. Anderson and fellow sophomore Ryan Rowe are ranked No. 4 by the ITA, earned the subsequent No. 4 seed, and were both automatically named All-Americans. The duo is 16-1 in doubles and defeated the No. 1 seed team of Scott Green and Ross Wilson in the Big Ten championship match as well as downing last year's NCAA doubles champions, Antonio Ruiz and John Isner of Georgia at the ITA National Indoor team championships.
"The All-American honor is a testament to the good season Ryan and I have had," Anderson said. "But my first and foremost goal is to win the NCAA team title. The guys are all extremely excited and motivated to go down to Louisville, take care of business, and head to Stanford."
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 24-29 at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, California, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 20-23).