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2015 ITA CPOY June 17
ITA Announces 2015 ITA Division I National College Players of the Year

Men's and women's doubles teams also honored

 

SKILLMAN, NJ (June 17) - UCLA's Robin Anderson and Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez Llamas have been named the 2015 ITA National College Players of the Year, the ITA announced today. Additionally, Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano of Baylor were named the ITA National Men's Doubles Team of the Year, and Alabama's Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen received ITA National Women's Doubles Team of the Year honors for the second year in a row.

 

The ITA College Player of the Year Awards are given to the male and female singles and doubles players who have had the most outstanding year in Division I college tennis. Anderson and Alvarez Llamas will be honored on Saturday, July 18 in Newport, RI at a special Awards Luncheon during the Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, immediately prior to the 2015 International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.

 

Anderson, a graduating senior at UCLA, posted a 27-3 singles record this season and was champion of the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in the fall. Ranked No. 2 in the Oracle/ITA Preseason Rankings, Anderson ultimately finished the year ranked No. 1, and also previously achieved the No. 1 doubles ranking during her junior season. Anderson compiled seven ITA All-American honors (four singles, three doubles) over her four seasons with the Bruins, during which she was also champion of the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Singles and Doubles Championships, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Singles Championship, and was MVP of UCLA's 2014 NCAA Championship team. The team captain registered over 200 combined win during her collegiate career, finishing with a singles record of 127-15 and a 100-39 mark in doubles. Anderson leaves UCLA as one of the most accomplished college tennis players of all time. 

Alvarez Llamas, a junior at Oklahoma, finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Oracle/ITA Division I National Men's Singles Rankings. He began his successful season in the fall by winning a second consecutive USTA/ITA Central Regional Singles Championship, and he later advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship. In the spring, Alvarez Llamas strung together 23 straight dual-match victories in singles while helping his team carry the No. 1 overall ranking for much of the season. He also contributed two points to Oklahoma's 4-2 win over USC in the 2015 ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship, the program's first ever National Championship title. Alvarez Llamas finished the season 39-6 in singles and earned the No. 8 doubles ranking with partner Dane Webb.

 

In women's doubles, Alabama's Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen accomplished the year-end No. 1 ranking for the second straight season together. The tenacious Tide duo also won their second consecutive NCAA Doubles Championship in May, becoming the first duo to repeat as NCAA doubles champion since 1999 and just the third repeat winners in 34 seasons. Ranked No. 1 in the fall preseason rankings, Routliffe and Jansen regained the top ranking in mid-April and held it for the final four editions this season. The sophomore-junior pairing has a two-year record together of 57-8.

 

Baylor's Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano finished the season as the top-ranked men's doubles team in the county. Lenz, a junior, and Galeano, a senior, had not competed together as a doubles team prior to the dual match season this spring. The Baylor twosome got into a groove quickly in February, when they rattled off 19 consecutive victories during an unbeaten streak that lasted nearly three full months. Lenz and Galeano finished their season with a 26-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Semifinals. Their 14-2 record against ranked opponents included a victory over the 2014 ITA National College Doubles Players of the Year in Tennessee's Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis, who finished No. 3 in the rankings this year.

 

Past ITA National Players of the Year


Men

 

 

Women

2014

Marcos Giron, UCLA

 

2014

Jamie Loeb, North Carolina

2013

Jarmere Jenkins, Virginia

 

2013

Lauren Embree, Florida

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

 

 

Women

2014

Hunter Reese/Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee

 

2014

Maya Jansen/Erin Routliffe, Alabama

2013

Henrique Cunha/Raphael Hemmeler, Duke

 

2013

Sabrina Santamaria/Kaitlyn Christian, USC

2012

Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola, Ohio State

 

2012

Mallory Burdette/Nicole Gibbs, Stanford

2011

John-Patrick Smith/Boris Conkic, Tennessee

 

2011

Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette, Stanford

2010

Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha, Duke

 

2010

Natalie Pluskota/Caitlin Whoriskey, Tennessee

2009

Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee

 

2009

Renata Kucerkova/Anastasia Petukhova, Fresno State

2008

Robert Farah/Kaes Van't Hof, USC

 

2008

Riza Zalameda/Tracy Lin, UCLA

2007

Luis Flores/John Isner, Georgia

 

2007

Sara Anundsen/Jenna Long, North Carolina

2006

Kevin Anderson/Ryan Rowe, Illinois

 

2006

Alice Barnes/Anne Yelsey, Stanford

2005

John Isner/Antonio Ruiz, Georgia

 

2005

Alice Barnes/Erin Burdette, Stanford

2004

Richard Barker/William Barker, Rice

 

2004

Lauren Barnikow/Erin Burdette, Stanford

2003

Richard Barker/William Barker, Rice

 

2003

Christina Fusano/Raquel Kops-Jones, California

2002

Andrew Colombo/Marc Kovacs, Auburn

 

2002

Lauren Kalvaria/Gabriela Lastra, Stanford

2001

Matias Boeker/Travis Parrott, Georgia

 

2001

Whitney Laiho/Jessica Lehnhoff, Florida

2000

Geoff Abrams/Alex Kim, Stanford

 

2000

Claire Curran/Amy Jensen, California


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