Junior Maria Sorbello is the No. 1 alternate, but needs some good fortune to make the field
May 25, 2010
By Donnie Conley, Media Relations Student Assistant
ATHENS, Ga. - Fresh off being named ITA National Senior Player of the Year on Tuesday, Caitlin Whoriskey will participate in the 2010 NCAA Singles Championships, beginning on Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Though the individual honor was a nice achievement, Whoriskey feels as though she has some unfinished business in her career.
"When I was getting the award, they listed off some of my accomplishments and it made me realize everything I had done," Whoriskey said. "It was nice to look back, but there's still more work to be done."
That work will get underway at 10 a.m. Wednesday as she will face No. 51-ranked Nazari Urbina of Texas A&M. A freshman from Veracruz, Mexico, Urbina went 32-5 this season, playing primarily from the No. 2 singles spot.
Urbina helped lead the Aggies to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell in the first round to South Florida.
Whoriskey and Urbina haven't ever matched up before. In fact, they have only two common opponents this season: Baylor's Lenka Broosova and Notre Dame's Kristy Frilling. Whoriskey lost all three matches against that duo, while Urbina lost to Broosova and split sets with Frilling, but the match was called and went unfinished.
The East Sandwich, Mass. native says that her lack of familiarity with her opponent doesn't affect her preparation.
"For matches (when you haven't faced your opponent before), you have to focus on what you want to do," Whoriskey said. "Things like getting a good first-serve percentage and working the points to your advantage. By the time the match goes on, you develop a game plan based on what your opponent does."
For Whoriskey, this match represents a chance at redemption. Each of the previous two years, she earned a bid to the NCAA Singles Championships only to falter in the opening round.
Last year, she was defeated by Reka Zsilinszka of Duke, 6-3, 6-2, in her opening match.
"The past few years, I haven't made it out of the first round," Whoriskey said. "Ever since I set foot on campus, my goal was to be an All-American in singles and I've already accomplished that by my ranking. I just want to go out there, play my game and have fun."
The winner of this match will take on the winner of a first round contest between Georgia's Nadja Gilchrist and Nadine Falhoum of Old Dominion.
Junior Maria Sorbello is the first alternate for the field, but will need an athlete to withdraw before 10 a.m. Wednesday to compete.
Live video of Whoriskey's match will be available at NCAA.com.
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