Barthelmass and Rao Selected to NCAA Championship
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Johns Hopkins seniors Mikey Barthelmass and Ashnaa Rao have been selected for the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship it was announced Wednesday night. Rao will participate in the singles championship and she will partner with Barthelmass for the doubles championship.
The individual championships consist of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The national committee selected seven singles players and three doubles teams from each of the four regions. The committee then selected the remaining four singles players and four doubles teams from a national at-large pool. The draw for the individual championships will be done by the committee and will be released on the last day of the team championship.
The NCAA Team Championship will take place May 22-24 and the individual championships May 25-27, both at The Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, TN. The University of the South and the Chattanooga Sports Commission will host the championships.
Rao has been selected for the NCAA Singles Championship for the second straight year and is just the third player in program history to do so. She and Barthelmass are making their first appearance at the NCAA Doubles Championship. They are just the third doubles pair to make the championship and first since 2012. Rao is also just the third player to be selected to the singles and doubles championship in the same season.
Rao is ranked seventh in the nation and fourth in the Atlantic South. She finished second at ITA Southeast Regional and then fifth in the ITA Oracle Cup last fall. Rao, a two-time All-American in singles, enters the NCAA Tournament with a 13-6 record. She is tied for sixth in program history with 50 career singles wins. Rao also ranks 19th in career doubles wins (36) and ninth in total wins (86).
Rao and Barthelmass won the ITA Southeast Doubles title and finished as the runner-up at the ITA Oracle Cup last October. The pair, which earned All-America honors with the regional win, are ranked second nationally and third in the Atlantic South. Rao and Barthelmass are 14-5 this season and went 2-0 in the Centennial Conference Tournament. Barthelmass ranks 12th in school history with 42 career doubles wins.