HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women’s tennis senior co-captain Kristina Mathis is set to compete in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Tennis Division I Singles Championship, which will take place at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from May 23-28.
Mathis – who was ranked No. 109 in the ITA National Rankings that came out on May 3 – will kick off the tournament on Wednesday with her Round of 64 match against No. 38 Erin Larner of Northwestern at 8 a.m.
This year’s unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year and first-team All-Ivy selection for singles, Mathis was one of 15 players to automatically qualify for the championship and will represent the Ivy League as the conference’s only singles qualifier. She went 6-1 at No. 1 singles in league play and during Dartmouth's spring break trip in March, she defeated Pepperdine's top player, No. 27 Luisa Stefani. On the national tournament stage, Mathis won the consolation singles title at the 2017 ITA/Oracle Masters last fall, defeating Denver's No. 62 Julia O'Loughlin in the semifinal.
She is just the second Big Green individual to qualify for the singles championship after Taylor Ng ’17 automatically qualified in 2015.
This is the second time that Mathis has represented Dartmouth at an NCAA championship event after she and Ng became the first Big Green duo to be selected to compete in the doubles championship back in 2016. The pair, which was one of 11 doubles teams to automatically qualify, fell to their opponents from Arizona State in the Round of 32. Mathis also helped lead Dartmouth to NCAA team championship appearances in 2015 and 2017.
An athrolopology major and a Russian minor from Leesburg, Virginia, Mathis plans to attend medical school after graduation. She did research last summer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and co-authored a medical paper with researchers from DHMC and the Geisel School of Medicine that was recently published in the Journal of Surgical Research.