CHARLESTON, S.C. - College of Charleston's top doubles tandem of junior Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.) and senior Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) made CofC men's tennis history as the pair earned an automatic qualification into the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Doubles Championship on Wednesday night.
Parker and Trintignac, who are currently ranked No. 65 in the latest Campbell's/ITA Collegiate Doubles Rankings released on April 24, become the first men's tennis players in program history to reach the individual national tournament in either singles or doubles.
They put together a strong NCAA resume this season with 17-2 overall record at the No. 1 position for the Cougars including an 8-2 league mark which earned them All-Southern Conference First Team honors. Parker and Trintignac also hit a milestone moment this season as they became the first CofC duo to make an appearance in the national rankings since Sagi Zakin and Henrico DuPlessis in 2002.
During the regular season, the duo defeated top doubles teams hailing from nationally-ranked schools in Clemson, Georgia State and South Carolina highlighted by an 8-3 win over No. 64-ranked Chip Cox and Nick Jones of South Carolina on March 18 in Columbia, S.C.
They will be among the 32-team doubles field that will compete on May 23-28 at host University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex following the conclusion of the team championship which runs from May 18-22 in Athens, Ga.
All matches shall be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.
Automatic qualification into the NCAA Division I doubles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams must have a minimum of 10 completed doubles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.