| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

St. John’s freshman Jessica Livianu becomes the first player in program history to be selected to compete in the NCAA Division I Women’s Singles Championship, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.

 “We are thrilled to have Jessica represent St. John's University at the 2017 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships,” Head Coach Lauren Leo told RedStormSports.com. “It's a great accomplishment, and we are looking forward to seeing her compete!”

Livianu is ranked 62nd in the most recent Oracle/ITA National Singles Rankings and received an automatic qualification from the BIG EAST conference to this year’s championship tournament, which will be held May 24-29 in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

According to the NCAA, automatic qualification into the Division I singles championship is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible players. For conferences with more than one singles player, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences.

Livianu beat out the other eligible BIG EAST player, 109th ranked Yulia Shupenia of DePaul, for the qualifying spot. The Brooklyn native compiled a record of 40-2 this spring, going 18-2 in singles and 22-0 in doubles play.

The NCAA Singles Championship bracket will be announced May 23, one day prior to the start of play.