2014 ITA All-Tournament Team Announced for ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship
Duke senior Hanna Mar voted Most Outstanding Player
SKILLMAN, NJ (Feb. 14) - Duke's Hanna Mar, a senior who went 3-0 in the third singles spot and clinched the championship for the Blue Devils, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship, hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
Hanna Mar clinched two matches for the champion Blue Devils
Mar helped Duke win its second indoor championship, as she clinched the final point for her team against UCLA, coming back from a set down to defeat Bruin Jennifer Brady, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 10-3. Mar, currently ranked No. 42 in the ITA Women's Singles Rankings also clinched her team's 4-2 upset of defending champion North Carolina. On the heels of their win, Duke moved up to the top spot in the ITA Division I Women's Team Rankings.
The Blue Devil's first match against Michigan's Brooke Bolender did not finish but she was able to best her next three opponents, all in match tiebreaks. In the quarterfinal against rival North Carolina, Mar came back from a set down to beat Whitney Kay 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 to clinch the 4-2 win for Duke. In the semifinals, it would again take a match tiebreak for Mar to get past Lynn Chi of Cal, which she did 6-3, 3-6, 10-4.
In the final, her comeback win against Brady, a freshman currently ranked No. 22, was an intense battle that took over 2 ½ hours. Mar got down a set after falling behind 1-4 to the hard-hitting Bruin. Brady broke at 4-4 in the second set after a marathon game to serve for the match at 5-4, but Mar fought back and broke and the set eventually went to a tiebreak, which Mar won, 7-3, to force a match tiebreak. The Blue Devil jumped to a 3-0 lead and never looked back, building her lead to 9-2 and winning the match on her second match point for a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 10-3 victory and the final point Duke needed to win the title.
Mar is joined on the ITA All-Tournament Team by the following singles players and doubles pairs:
2014 ITA All-Tournament Team - Singles
1. Beatrice Capra- Duke
2. Hayley Carter- UNC
3. Hanna Mar- Duke
4. Zsofi Susanyi- Cal
5. Klara Fabikova- Cal
6. Kaitlin Ray- UCLA
2014 ITA All-Tournament Team - Doubles
1. Robin Anderson/Jennifer Brady- UCLA
2. Kyle McPhillips/Catherine Harrison- UCLA
3. Marianne Jodoin/Annie Mulholland- Duke
This is the seventh annual ITA National Women's Team Indoor All-Tournament Team. Voters include the head coaches from the 16 participating teams. Georgia Tech's Kirsten Flower was named the first ever Most Outstanding Player of the event in 2008. Georgia's Chelsey Gullickson earned the award in 2009, with Northwestern's Maria Mosolova receiving the honor in 2010. Stanford senior Hilary Barte was chosen as the Most Outstanding player in 2011, UCLA rookie Robin Anderson was the 2012 selection. Whitney Kay of the University of North Carolina took the honor in 2013.
About the ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship
The ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship is held annually each February and has been held since 1988. The tournament features 16 participating teams: the 15 schools who won both of their matches during the 2014 ITA Kick-Off Weekend and the host site school. The tournament is held over four days, and begins on Friday with first round play, followed by quarterfinals on Saturday, semifinals on Sunday and the final on Monday.