INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- For the second straight year, Saint Mary's women's tennis player Jenny Jullien will represent the Gaels at the NCAA Singles Championship as one of 64 players invited to the final tournament of the season.
Jullien, who recently earned West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors for the second straight year, will travel to Athens, Georgia as a seeded player in this year's tournament. She will play as one of the 9-16 seeds, which are not numbered individually, and was the WCC's automatic entrant into this year's tournament.
Play begins on May 21 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex with the University of Georgia hosting this year's tournament. The team competition wraps up on May 20, with both men's and women's individual championships taking place until May 26.
For Jullien, the invitation was well deserved after another historic season of tennis in Moraga. She heads her final tournament as a Gael with a 19-2 spring record, a mark that includes a 7-2 record against ranked competition. Jullien was ranked No. 9 in the nation in last week's ITA rankings and the Gaels' No. 1 player has slotted anywhere between No. 7 and 13 in the country all spring.
The strong spring showing backed up a tremendous fall for Jullien. She got her season started in earnest by reaching the finals of the ITA Northwest Regional, then added a strong showing at the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Tournament in New York. The fall success earned Jullien her No. 7 preseason spring ranking, the highest ranking ever given to a Saint Mary's women's tennis player.
Last year, Jullien joined former Gael standout Alex Poorta as the only SMC women's tennis players ever to play in the NCAA Singles Tournament. Jullien and Poorta are also the only SMC tennis players ever to earn WCC Player of the Year honors.
Jullien also comes into the NCAA Tournament on a roll, having gone 3-0 at the recently completed WCC Championships in San Diego. At the tournament, she defeated her longtime rival, Pepperdine's Lorraine Guillermo, in addition to beating players from San Francisco and BYU.