With a national ranking of No. 36, Elon University senior Cameron Silverman will open play in the NCAA Singles Championship at 4 p.m. tomorrow, May 21, against the University of Florida's Florent Diep at the University of Georgia.

The two met at the ITA Men's All-American Championship in October, with Silverman winning 7-6, 7-5.

Silverman, who led Elon to an unbeaten record in Southern Conference play and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, went 17-5 on the season and was named SoCon Player of the Year.

"There's no memory like this year, winning the conference tournament," Silverman said. "Especially as a senior, going out winning the conference tournament is amazing with a great group of guys."

He last competed May 10 when Elon fell 4-1 to the University of Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament. Silverman's match went unfinished.

"I'm more disappointed in myself. I'm not disappointed in the team at all," Silverman said after the match against Tennessee. "I played a very tough opponent. I'm just a little disappointed I wasn't able to step up. I think all the momentum maybe could have changed if I could have got something going. I can't be disappointed in the guys."

Diep is a native of Paris and is ranked No. 51 in the country. He began the year at No. 5 singles before working his way to No. 1 and leading Florida to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The winner of their match will take on the winner of the match between the University of Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez Llamas and Virginia Tech's Amerigo Contini on Thursday.


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