USC senior Maria Sanchez has been selected to Team USA's roster for the 2011 World University Games. Sanchez, the preseason's No. 3 ranked women singles player in the nation, will accompany eight other student-athletes to represent the United States at the Summer Games in Shenzhen, China, from Aug. 12-23, 2011.
After recently capturing the ITA/USTA National Indoor Intercollegiate Singles title, Sanchez has a busy 2010-11 stretch ahead with the Women of Troy. In the past two summers, Sanchez has been selected to compete with the USTA Summer Collegiate Team following her sophomore and juniors seasons at USC, so Sanchez is no stranger to summer travel. But this summer's trip to China with Team USA will be an even bigger adventure for the Trojan, who is USC's top gun on the courts for 2010-11.
The World University Games is an international sporting and cultural festival, which is staged every two years in a different city and ranks second in importance only to the Olympic Games. There will be over 9,000 student-athletes from 174 different countries competing in the 2011 World University Games.
The tennis tournament will consist of two men's and women's singles, one men's and women's doubles team and one mixed doubles team. Our country receives points for every round we advance in a division with more points being emphasized on the deeper rounds. At the conclusion of the tournament, the country with the highest point totals wins the gold medal. Second and third place will receive the silver and bronze medals, respectively.