2011 All-Star Team/Ashe Winners

Amy Zhang joins former NYC Mayor David Dinkins and ITA Executive Director David Benjamin 
Before Hurricane Irene hit, award winner Amy Zhang of Rutgers joined former New York City
Mayor David Dinkins and ITA Executive Director David Benjamin on local radio station WLIB.

**Click here to listen to David Benjamin and
Amy Zhang on Dialogue with Dinkins
**

Hurricane Irene Forces Cancelation of ITA Luncheon
Seven Award Winners Stay in NYC for 2011 US Open

SKILLMAN, N.J. - Because of the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene, all events scheduled at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27th were canceled.

That included the annual luncheon recognizing two of the most talented groups of college tennis players: the ITA All-Star Team and the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award Winners.

“It was with great regret that we had to cancel our 2011 ITA Awards Luncheon, hosted by the USTA in the President’s Dining Room during Arthur Ashe Kids Day,” said ITA Executive Director David A. Benjamin. “This was the first time that this very special awards ceremony has not taken place since its inauguration in 1984, when Arthur Ashe personally presented our ITA student-athlete honorees with their awards.

“We would like to once again thank USTA President Jon Vegosen for his willingness to host our awards luncheon and help present these awards, along with former Mayor David Dinkins, and also congratulate our 2011 ITA All-Star Team and ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Winners.”

The 28th ITA All-Star Team includes the nation's top-ranked men's and women's players from the year-end Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, as well as winners of the 2010 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and 2011 NCAA Division I Championships.

Among the 23 players scheduled to be honored Saturday were Steve Johnson of USC and Jana Juricova of the University of California, the Campbell/ITA National Players of the Year.

MEN

WOMEN

Division I Singles

Division I Singles

Steve Johnson, Southern California
No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking
NCAA Champion

Jana Juricova, California

No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking

NCAA Champion 

Rhyne Williams, Tennessee

USTA/ITA National Indoor Champion

Maria Sanchez, Southern California

USTA/ITA National Indoor Champion

 

Michael Shabaz, Virginia

No. 2 Campbell/ITA Ranking

Hilary Barte, Stanford

No. 2 Campbell/ITA Ranking

 

Division I Doubles

Division I Doubles

Boris Conkic/John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee 
No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking

 

Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette, Stanford

No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking
NCAA Champions

Jeff Dadamo/Austin Krajicek, Texas A&M

USTA/ITA National Indoor Champions
NCAA Champions

Sofie Oyen/Allie Will, Florida

USTA/ITA National Indoor Champions

 

 

Drew Courtney/Michael Shabaz, Virginia

No. 3 Campbell/ITA Ranking

Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova

No. 2 Campbell/ITA Ranking

 

Division II

Division II

Edualdo Bonet, Armstrong Atlantic
No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking

  

Annie Hwang, BYU-Hawaii

No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking

Division III

Division III

Chris Goodwin, Emory
No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking

 

Kristin Lim, CMS

No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking

 

NAIA

NAIA

Xavier Smith, Fresno Pacific
No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking

 

Ana Veselinovic, Auburn-Montgomery

No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking

 

Junior/Community College

Junior/Community College

Alex Sarkissian, Glendale
No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking

 

Sun Wen, Tyler

No. 1 Campbell/ITA Ranking


Each year, the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award is given to one outstanding male player and one outstanding female player from each division of college tennis. Recipients have exhibited excellent sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

The 2011 honorees are:

MEN

WOMEN

Division I: Vahid Mirzadeh, Florida State

Division I: Amy Zhang, Rutgers

Division II: Agnel Gladwin-Peter, BYU-Hawaii

Division II: Cheryl Martin, Bentley

Division III: Michael Rardon, DePauw

Division III: Kristin Cobb, Denison

NAIA: Bartos Micher, Union

NAIA: Danielle Calbeck, Biola

JuCo: Cade Sherman, Jones County CC

JuCo: Gabriela Rodriguez, Pima CC

Though the luncheon was called off, seven of the award winners braved the storm and remained in New York City to compete in the main draw of the US Open.

As the NCAA Division I singles champion, Johnson received a men's singles wild card and men’s doubles wild card alongside countryman Denis Kudla. The 2011 NCAA Division I doubles champions Jeff Dadamo/Austin Krajicek of Texas A&M and Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette of Stanford also earned doubles wild cards.

ITA All-Stars Rhyne Williams of Tennessee and Michael Shabaz of Virginia round out a college-filled men’s doubles draw. The ex-Volunteer Williams will team with 2005 US Open singles semifinalist Robby Ginepri, while the Cavalier grad Shabaz is partnering former Florida Gator Ryan Sweeting.


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