MEDFORD – Juniors Mina Karamercan and Otilia Popa of the Tufts University women's tennis team have been selected to compete in the singles and doubles competition of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships May 24-26 at Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California.
For these individual championships, the national committee selected seven singles players and three doubles teams from each of the four regions. Additional at large selections were made so that the individual championships consist of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The selections were based on win-lost record, strength of schedule, and eligibility and availability of student-athletes.
Karamercan is making her third straight appearance at the national singles and doubles meet. She qualified in doubles with teammate Lauren Louks for the 2016 championship. Last season, she played in the NCAA singles tournament. This will be Popa's first appearance at the NCAA individual championships.
The singles bracket opens play on Thursday, May 24 with Karamercan facing Grace Deering from Wash U. Karamercan and Popa will play in the doubles bracket later in the day on Thursday against Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and Bridget Harding from Emory, who are the third seed.
As a doubles team Karamercan and Popa have a 14-4 record this year heading into the NCAA Regional to be hosted by Tufts this weekend (May 11-13). They have six victories over other doubles duos who were also selected by the NCAA – two versus Avery Wagman and Anya Ivenitsky from Amherst and one each against Tess Trinka and Izzy Essi from Bowdoin, Lindsay Brown and Nicole Tan from Claremont-Mudd-Scipps, Skylar Schossberger and Katy Hughes of Middlebury and Elysa Kohrs and Libby Rickeman from MIT.
In singles action for 2017-18, Karamercan had wins against fellow NCAA qualifiers Camille Smukler from Amherst, Brown of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Heather Boehm from Middlebury, Rickeman of MIT and Victoria Yu from Wesleyan.
Karamercan and Popa both recently received New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) post-season honors. They were first team as a doubles pair and Karamercan made the first team in singles.
The NCAA singles and doubles competitions will be hosted by the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.