ITA Announces 2012 Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year

2012 POY



ITA Announces 2012 Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year
Top men's and women's doubles duos also honored


SKILLMAN, N.J. - Stanford's Nicole Gibbs and USC's Steve Johnson have been named the 2012 Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year, the ITA announced today. Additionally, Gibbs and doubles partner Mallory Burdette were named the Campbell/ITA National Women's Doubles Team of the Year, while Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola of Ohio State were honored on the men's side.

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 will be recognized at the 2012 International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 14 in Newport, R.I. during the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

Stanford's Nicole Gibbs closed out the 2011-12 season in impressive fashion, winning her final 17 singles matches to finish with an overall singles record of 41-5 in her sophomore campaign. She put together a solid fall season that included claiming the 2011 USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Singles Championship. Gibbs picked up her level of play for the post-season in the spring, capturing the 2012 Pac-12 Singles Championship en route to be named the 2012 Pac-12 Women's Player of the Year. In the NCAA Women's Singles Championship, Gibbs defeated Florida's Allie Will, the player ranked No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings heading into the NCAA Championships, in the semifinals. She outlasted teammate and doubles partner Burdette in the finals 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to win the 2012 NCAA Women's Singles crown. Gibbs earned ITA All-America honors for both singles and doubles, making her a four-time ITA All-American.

Steve Johnson capped off a stellar four-year career at USC fittingly: taking home the 2012 NCAA Men's Singles Championship. Johnson heads into the pro ranks as one of the most decorated players in college tennis history, helping his team to four consecutive NCAA Men's Team Championships to go along with is back-to-back NCAA Men's Singles Championships. He ended his career on a 72-match singles winning streak, including a perfect 37-0 in his senior season. Johnson was named the 2012 Pac-12 Men's Player of the Year, his second season to be chosen for that award. He was also selected as the 2012 ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year honoree. Johnson finishes his career as a seven-time ITA All-American after earning both singles and doubles honors this season. He was also named the Campbell/ITA Men's Player of the Year last season, becoming just the third men's player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.

Stanford has now produced the last three NCAA Women's Doubles Champions, as Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs were able to defeat Georgia's Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson 6-2, 6-4 in the final to give the Cardinals its 15th collegiate doubles title in program history. Burdette also claimed the NCAA Women's Doubles title last season when she teamed up with Hilary Barte to do so. Burdette and Gibbs finished the year with a solid record of 35-5, including 18-2 in dual action. The duo played a total of 22 matches against ranked tandems this season, compiling an impressive 18 wins against just four losses. Burdette and Gibbs also started out the season on a positive note, taking home the 2011 ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Doubles title in the fall.

Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola were simply a dominating force in collegiate men's doubles this season. The duo accomplished something no other tandem had been able to pull off in previous years, claiming the three major collegiate championships in the same season - the ITA Men's All-American Championship, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, and the NCAA Championship. The pair spent the entire spring atop the Campbell/ITA Division I Men's Doubles Rankings following the two major titles in the fall. Buchanan and Rola finished off the triple crown in Athens, Ga. with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Texas Tech's Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar in the NCAA Doubles Championship match. The tandem went 36-4 on the season overall, with half of those victories coming against ranked competition.


Past ITA National Players of the Year:

Men

Women

2012

Steve Johnson, USC

2012

Nicole Gibbs, Stanford

2011

Steve Johnson, USC

2011

Jana Juricova, California

2010

Robert Farah, USC

2010

Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech

2009

Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Ok. State

2009

Mallory Cecil, Duke

2008

Somdev Devvarman, Virginia

2008

Amanda McDowell, Ga. 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, USC

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, USC

1986

Caroline Kuhlman, USC

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, USC

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

2012

Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola, Ohio State

2011

John-Patrick Smith/Boris Conkic, Tennessee

2010

Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha, Duke

2009

Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee

2008

Robert Farah/Kaes Van't Hof, USC

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

2012

Mallory Burdette/Nicole Gibbs, Stanford

2011

Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette, Stanford

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

About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association

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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