Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year Recognized at the 2010 International Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

 Campbell-POY-2010

Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year Recognized
at the 2010 International Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
 


Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year, Georgia Tech's Irina Falconi and Robert Farah of USC, were recognized at the 2010 International Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 10 in Newport, R.I. during the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, July 5-11

The Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year awards are given to one male and one female singles player who has had the most outstanding year in college tennis. The collegiate players were again recognized at the 2010 International Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 10 in Newport, R.I. during the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, July 5-11.



Photos taken by Larry Rosman & ITA Staff

In addition to the ITA College Players of the Year awards, the Campbell Soup Company also serves as the title sponsor for the ITA College Tennis Rankings.

"Campbell Soup Company is pleased to play a role in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association," said Jerry S. Buckley, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Campbell Soup Company. "College tennis players represent the best of college athletics and help promote tennis to young people across the country. Campbell has long been committed to encouraging young people to lead a healthy lifestyle, including getting an appropriate amount of exercise."

Falconi, a sophomore from Jupiter, Florida was ranked No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings throughout the entire spring season after winning the 2009 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships singles title and finishing Runner-Up at the 2009 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. After finishing the season with a 40-3 record and registering a program-best .930 winning percentage, she adds another piece of hardware to the numerous other awards she has received this year including the ACC Player of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP and is a finalist for the 2010 Honda Sports Award. Falconi closed out the dual-match portion of the schedule with a 26-1 mark, which surpassed the previous record of 25 wins set by 2007 ITA National Player of the Year, Amanda McDowell. She led her team to the 2010 ACC Championship title with a 4-0 record, including a match-clinching victory in the championship match against then No. 1 North Carolina and was also a key memberof the championship winning U.S. team at the Master'U BNP Paribas international collegiate team championships.

"I feel very honored to receive this award. It is definitely a great accomplishment," said Falconi. "There are a lot of players worthy but knowing I received it makes me feel very confident on what I achieved this year and I look forward to what the future holds."

Farah, a senior from Cali, Columbia, has been USC's team captain the past three seasons, that includes back-to-back NCAA team titles. He is the only player in the history of the Pac-10 to win Player of the Year twice and Doubles Player of the Year three times. He is an NCAA Champion in doubles (2008) and helped clinch his team's most recent title with a straight set victory over top-ranked John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee. The ITA Senior Player of the Year was on a 19-match singles win streak before retiring due to injury against top-seeded Henrique Cunha of Duke in the NCAA Quarterfinal Singles. Farah completed his senior season at USC with a 38-6 overall singles record, to go along with a career singles record of 125-35.

"It is very exciting for me to have had such a wonderful senior year and finish the year as the No. 1 collegiate player," said Farah. "The ITA and the NCAA have done so much for me. The last four years playing college tennis were the best years of my life."

Past ITA National Players of the Year:

Men

 

 

Women

 

2010

Robert Farah, Southern California

 

2010

Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech

2009

Oleksandr Nedovyesov, OklahomaSt.

 

2009

Mallory Cecil, Duke

2008

Somdev Devvarman, Virginia

 

2008

Amanda McDowell, Georgia Tech

2007

Somdev Devvarman, Virginia

 

2007

Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.)

2006

Benjamin Kohlloeffel, UCLA

 

2006

Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.)

2005

Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor

 

2005

Megan Bradley, Miami (Fla.)

2004

Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor

 

2004

Amber Liu, Stanford

2003

Amer Delic, Illinois

 

2003

Amber Liu, Stanford

2002

Matias Boeker, Georgia

 

2002

Bea Bielik, Wake Forest

2001

Matias Boeker, Georgia

 

2001

Laura Granville, Stanford

2000

Alex Kim, Stanford

 

2000

Laura Granville, Stanford

1999

James Blake, Harvard

 

1999

Zuzana Lesenarova, San Diego

1998

Bob Bryan, Stanford

 

1998

Vanessa Webb, Duke

1997

Thomas Dupre, Mississippi State

 

1997

Lilia Osterloh, Stanford

1996

Cecil Mamiit, Southern California

 

1996

Jill Craybas, Florida

1995

Sargis Sargsian, Arizona State

 

1995

Keri Phebus, UCLA

1994

Mark Merklein, Florida

 

1994

Angela Lettiere, Georgia

1993

Chris Woodruff, Tennessee

 

1993

Lisa Raymond, Florida

1992

Alex O'Brien, Stanford

 

1992

Lisa Raymond, Florida

1991

Al Parker, Georgia

 

1991

Sandra Birch, Stanford

1990

Steve Bryan, Texas

 

1990

Debbie Graham, Stanford

1989

MaliVai Washington, Michigan

 

1989

Tami Whitlinger, Stanford

1988

Robbie Weiss, Pepperdine

 

1988

Halle Cioffi, Florida

1987

Richey Reneberg, SMU

 

1987

Patty Fendick, Stanford

1986

Rick Leach, Southern California

 

1986

Caroline Kuhlman, Southern California

1985

Mikael Pernfors, Georgia

 

1985

Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas)

1984

Paul Annacone, Tennessee

 

1984

Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas)

1983

Greg Holmes, Utah

 

1983

Beth Herr, Southern California

1982

Marcel Freeman, UCLA

 

1982

Vicki Nelson, Rollins

1981

Tim Mayotte, Stanford

 

 

 

1980

Peter Rennert, Stanford

 


Past ITA National Doubles Teams of the Year:

Men

 

2010

Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha, Duke

2009

Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee

2008

Robert Farah/Kaes Van't Hof, Southern California

2007

Luis Flores/John Isner, Georgia

2006

Kevin Anderson/Ryan Rowe, Illinois

2005

John Isner/Antonio Ruiz, Georgia

2004

Richard Barker/William Barker, Rice

2003

Richard Barker/William Barker, Rice

2002

Andrew Colombo/Marc Kovacs, Auburn

2001

Matias Boeker/Travis Parrott, Georgia

2000

Geoff Abrams/Alex Kim, Stanford


Women

 

2010

Natalie Pluskota/Caitlin Whoriskey, Tennessee

2009

Renata Kucerkova/Anastasia Petukhova, Fresno State

2008

Riza Zalameda/Tracy Lin, UCLA

2007

Sara Anundsen/Jenna Long, North Carolina

2006

Alice Barnes/Anne Yelsey, Stanford

2005

Alice Barnes/Erin Burdette, Stanford

2004

Lauren Barnikow/Erin Burdette, Stanford

2003

Christina Fusano/Raquel Kops-Jones, California

2002

Lauren Kalvaria/Gabriela Lastra, Stanford

2001

Whitney Laiho/Jessica Lehnhoff, Florida

2000

Claire Curran/Amy Jensen, California



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As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA web site is www.itatennis.com.

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