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No. 117 Kijametovic Draws No. 53 Corwin in First Round of NCAA Tournament

May 22, 2018
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. – No. 117 Aziz Kijametovic of the Old Dominion men’s tennis team drew No. 53 Felix Corwin of Minnesota in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships. The two will square-off tomorrow, Wednesday, May 23 at 12:00 p.m. EST at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C. The complete bracket is attached. 

NCAA Tournament Central Page (live video and live stats links included) courtesy of Wake Forest.

Kijametovic automatically qualified 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships, as he was the highest ranked player in Conference USA.

The singles competition will be conducted May 23-28. Wake Forest University will serve as host.

“Aziz really deserves this,” said ODU head coach Dominik Mueller. “He came up from a wrist injury over the summer and worked tremendously hard to be where he is at. Having a positive record against ranked players during the regular season is an impressive accomplishment. In my books, he is one of the most improved players in all of college tennis.”

The subcommittee has selected the 64 singles players that will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships.

All matches shall be the best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a 7-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six-games-all will be used for all matches.

Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 completed singles matches, with six matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.

Aziz Kijametovic (Player of the Year, All-Conference USA Singles First Team)
Kijametovic is currently ranked No. 117 in the ITA for singles, which makes him the only Conference USA player to be currently ranked in the national rankings. In addition, he has been ranked with two different doubles partners throughout the season. He has compiled a 21-9 season singles record, 13-6 in dual matches, 6-3 versus teams currently ranked in the Top 50 and 3-3 against ranked opponents. His body of work for this season also includes one Conference USA Athlete of the Month honor in the fall and three C-USA Athlete of the Week honors during the spring campaign.

 

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