Petra Melounova eyes NCAA tournament

Petra Melounova eyes NCAA tournament

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rainbow Wahine junior Petra Melounova has had a historic season that will conclude at the NCAA Division I singles Tennis Championships in Orlando, Florida.

The Czech Republic native has qualified to compete in the NCAA championship tournament for a program-record third-straight season.

Wahine tennis head coach Jun Hernandez believes the season she is having is the best of her career and isn’t surprised by his star pupil.

“She’s making history,” Hernandez said. “She is the first player to make the tournament three straight years and her skill-set is so high she could win the whole thing.”

Melounova was the highest-ranked player in the Big West and earned an automatic bid into the championship tournament.

As a freshman, Melounova became the first UH player to ever earn a win in the NCAA Tournament, and carries the experience of her previous NCAA matches into next week.

“I know what to expect,” Melounova said. “I know it’s going to be a lot of pressure but I think I’m getting more comfortable.”

The junior rallied off 13 wins during the regular season and has high aspirations for the tournament and so does coach Hernandez.

“She’s capable of winning the whole tournament," Hernandez said. “She has the kind of game that you need to do well.”

The women’s singles tournament starts on May 20. and can be watch on ncaa.com/live

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