SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Morgan Mays and Simon Freund, the No. 35 doubles team in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, will play the third-seeded tandem of Alfredo Perez and Johannes Ingildsen of the University of Florida in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship at Athens, Ga., on Thursday.
"When you get to this point there are no easy matches, so we're excited with our draw," Mays said. "Simon (Freund) joked that we're 2-0 against top-10 teams this year, so we know how we have to play. We've just got to worry about our side of the court and focus on what we're doing."
In the fall, Mays and Freund won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southwest Region title and then advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA/USTA National Indoor Tournament in New York. Their two victories at that tournament included a 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8) win over Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash of Oklahoma State, currently the No. 7 team in the country and a top-eight seed in the NCAA Tourney.
During the dual match season, Mays and Freund, which were ranked as high as No. 6 during the season, recorded a 6-3 win over Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu of UCLA, the No. 2 seed at the NCAA Championship. They will enter the postseason with an overall record of 19-6, including 13-6 in dual matches.
The UCSB duo helped lead the program to its third consecutive Big West Championship and NCAA Tournament bid. It is the first Gaucho doubles team to advance to the NCAA Championships since David Decret and Laszlo Markovits did so in 1992.
In Perez, a sophomore, and Ingildsen, a freshman, Mays and Freund will have a very tough task. While seeded third, the Gator doubles team is actually ranked No. 2 by the ITA. They have gone 21-10 in their first season playing together. They helped to lead Florida to the third round of the NCAA Team Tournament.