Nichols and Smith Selected For NCAA Doubles Championship
May 2, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS – TCU doubles tandem Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith earned an automatic bid into the doubles portion of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, it was announced Wednesday.
Automatic qualification into the Division I doubles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams must have a minimum of 10 completed doubles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
The 49th-ranked duo in the country, Nichols and Smith are the highest-ranked tandem in the Mountain West. This season, the Frog pair has posted a 19-6 overall record, including an 11-3 mark during the spring season.
With their selection, TCU has advanced a doubles team to the NCAA Championships in seven of the last eight years.
Nichols and Smith climbed as high as No. 31 in the ITA doubles rankings this spring. Along the way this spring, they knocked off the nation’s Nos. 33 and 45-ranked duos. In the fall, Nichols and Smith claimed the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships.
The 32-team draw will be announced at a later date. Play in the NCAA doubles championship begins May 23 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. As opposed to the pro set matches played during the dual season, all matches at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships are best-of-three tiebreak sets.