Top-ranked collegiate tennis players from 2006, Arthur Ashe Award winners to be honored this weekend in New York
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Star Team, which includes the nation's top-ranked players from this past season, will be treated by the ITA and United States Tennis Association (USTA) to a weekend in New York, highlighted by activities this Saturday at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
The ITA All-Stars will be presented their awards during a luncheon on Saturday, August 26th in the USTA President's Suite during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day presented by Hess. Select team members will also participate in an on court exhibition during the pre-show inside Ashe Stadium. Later in the day the USTA will provide the ITA All-Stars will a behind-the-scenes tour of the US Open facilities as well as a private reception at the ESPN Zone in the heart of New York City that evening.
This 23rd edition of the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team includes the nation's top-ranked men's and women's tennis players from the season-ending Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA levels, as well as champions from the 2005 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and 2006 NCAA Championships.
This year's women's all-stars are: Melissa Applebaum of Miami (Fla.) Emily Applegate of Washington & Lee (Va.), Suzi Babos of California, Alice Barnes of Stanford, Audra Cohen of Miami (Fla.). Luisa Cowper of Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) Cristelle Grier of Northwestern, Jelena Pandzic of Fresno Pacific, Alexis Prousis of Northwestern, Marta Simic of Broward Comm. College (Fla.) Diana Srebrovic of Florida and Anne Yelsey of Stanford.
The men's all-stars are: Kevin Anderson of Illinois, Andre Begemann of Pepperdine, Will Boe-Wiegaard of Bates (Maine), Luigi D' Agord of Miami (Fla.), Scott Doerner of Pepperdine, Scott Green of Ohio State, Mislav Hizak of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) John Isner of Georgia, Damian Johnson of Temple College (Texas), Benjamin Kohlloeffel of UCLA, Mattias Oddone of Drury (Mo.), Ryan Rowe of Illinois and Ross Wilson of Ohio State.
This year's recipients of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award - Megan Moulton-Levy of William & Mary and Jonathan Stokke of Duke - will also be honored. This award, which dates back to 1984, goes to players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. Moulton-Levy and Stokke will also be recognized on August 27 with the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest winners during a luncheon at the NTC hosted by Mayor David Dinkins.
The ITA has selected its All-Star Team since 1984. Past honorees include current pros: James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, Jill Craybas, Justin Gimelstob, Paul Goldstein, Laura Granville, Kevin Kim and Lisa Raymond.
Presented by Hess and produced by the USTA, Arthur Ashe Kids' Day honors tennis legend Arthur Ashe and continues his mission of using tennis as a means to instill in kids the values of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence.
This year's ITA Collegiate All-Star Team's travel to and from New York was made possible through a generous donation from the White family of Delaware. The gift is in memory of J. Reese White, Jr., and his love and passion for the game of tennis.