PHILADELPHIA - Earning the automatic selection for the Ivy League, Connie Hsu has been selected to play in the NCAA Division I Singles Championship. Hsu was one of 15 players nationwide to earn automatic bids into the tournament based on conference play. The NCAA Singles Championship will begin on May 25 at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center. Individual draws for the tournament have not yet been released.
During her freshman campaign at Penn, Hsu has compiled 43 victories between the fall and spring. She was a perfect 20-0 during the spring campaign, including a 7-0 victory in the Ivy League. This perfect mark inside the Ivies earned her both Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year honors.
Ranked as high as 12th in singles nationwide this spring, Hsu is currently ranked 29th heading into the NCAA Championships. Hsu's only two defeats this season have come in three-set matches this past fall. The Quaker's freshman only losses came to nationally-ranked Michaela Kissell of Marshall and current No. 8 Denise Mureson of Michigan in a third-set tiebreak. That loss to Mureson from Michigan came after Hsu advanced to the Round of 16 in the fall during the Indoor Championships.
In her 43 wins this season, Hsu has only had to go to a third set twice. Both of her three set victories came during the fall season. All 20 of her wins this spring have come in straight sets.
Hsu also captured the William & Mary Invitational Flight "A," Cissie Leary Invitational, and ITA Northeast Regional singles championships during the fall season. She is also currently ranked as the top singles player in the Northeast Region.
Hsu is the first women's tennis player to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championships since the 2003 season when Alice Pirsu capped off her junior season with her second All-American honor after advancing to the quarterfinals.