TEMPE, Ariz. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its 2016 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The ITA Collegiate All-Star Team honors the top student-athletes of the 2015-16 season from all five divisions of college tennis. The student-athletes will be recognized, along with the National Players of the Year and the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners, at the 2016 Oracle/ITA Arthur Ashe/All-Star Weekend, Aug. 25-27 in New York, New York.
The ITA Collegiate All-Star Team features the nation’s top-ranked men’s and women’s players from the year-end Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, in addition to winners of the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and 2016 NCAA Division I Championships.
The ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners were announced back in May, and they can be viewed on the ITA Awards page here.
2016 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team
Mackenzie McDonald, Jr., UCLA*
McDonald won the 12th NCAA Singles Championship in UCLA history, defeating Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard 6-3, 6-3 in the 2016 final. McDonald became the first player in 15 years to win the NCAA Division I singles and doubles championship in the same season, teaming up with Martin Redlicki to claim the doubles title over Texas A&M’s Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow. The junior concluded the season as the nation’s top-ranked player and a 22-1 record. He was additionally recognized as the 2016 ITA Men’s National Player of the Year.
Dominik Koepfer, Sr., Tulane
Koepfer won the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in November, 6-1, 7-5 over Cal’s Andre Goransson. In addition to the NIIC win, the senior advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 Oracle/ITA Masters and the final of the 2015 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championship. Koepfer held the No. 1 national ranking for most of the 2016 season and concluded the year No. 4 and with an overall record of 32-5.
Mikael Torpegaard, So., Ohio State
Runner-up at the 2016 NCAA Championship, Torpegaard finished his sophomore season with a 34-5 record, including 19 wins over players ranked in the Top 50. Torpegaard earned the No. 1 seed at the NCAA Championship and was the nation’s No. 1-ranked player for three weeks. He ended the 2016 season at No. 2.
Mackenzie McDonald (Jr.)/Martin Redlicki (So.), UCLA
Redlicki and McDonald’s 6-4, 6-1 victory over Texas A&M Rinderknech and Withrow allowed the Bruins to claim NCAA national singles and doubles championships in the same season for the first time in 45 years, when Jimmy Connors won the 1971 singles title and Jeff Borowiak and Haroon Rahim earned the doubles crown. McDonald and Redlicki ended the 2016 campaign as the nation’s top-ranked team and a record of 18-6.
Hugo Dojas (Sr.)/Felipe Soares (Sr.), Texas Tech
The duo of Dojas and Soares survived a trio of three-set matches on their way to securing the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship. The Red Raider team knocked off the No. 1-seeded team of Virginia’s Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger (7-6 (5), 6-4) in the second round and in the final, defeated the No. 2-seeded team of Brett Clark and Robert Kelly of North Carolina (7-6 (3), 4-6, 1-0 (6)). Ranked No. 1 earlier in the 2016 season, Dojas and Soares concluded the year No. 12.
Arthur Rinderknech (So.)/Jackson Withrow (Sr.), Texas A&M
Rinderknech and Withrow became the second doubles team from Texas A&M to reach the doubles final at the NCAA Championship, following the path of Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo, who won the title in 2011. Rinderknech and Withrow dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to UCLA’s Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki in the final. The Aggie duo finished the season with a 16-6 record and No. 5 national ranking.
Danielle Collins, Sr., Virginia*
Collins asserted herself early in the 2015-16 season, winning back-to-back ITA National Championships, the 2015 Oracle/ITA Masters and 2015 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship. She concluded her senior campaign by claiming her second NCAA Championship in three years (2014), topping top-seeded North Carolina’s Hayley Carter in the final 6-2, 6-3, in a matchup of the tournament’s No. 1 and 2 seeds. Collins’ victory over Carter allowed the Virginia season to leap over the North Carolina junior in the year-end national rankings. Collins was additionally named the 2016 ITA Women’s National Player of the Year.
Francesca Di Lorenzo, Fr., Ohio State
Di Lorenzo accomplished a lot in her first year at Ohio State. She set the program record for wins in a single season (37), became the program’s first No. 1-ranked player and also earned the program’s first individual national championship, taking home the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, defeating Clemson’s Joana Eidukonyte in the final 6-3, 6-1. Di Lorenzo finished the year No. 4 in the Oracle/ITA National Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
Hayley Carter, Jr., North Carolina
Carter became the first women’s player since Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs in 2012 to be ranked No. 1 in singles and doubles at the same time. Carter entered the 2016 NCAA Championship as the top-seeded player in the singles tournament and advanced all the way to the final, before falling to Collins. Carter and Collins were scheduled to meet in the final of the 2015 Oracle/ITA Masters, but due to injury, Carter was unable to compete in the match. In addition to her excellence on the court, Carter was named to the 2016 Academic All-America Division I Women’s At-Large First Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Brooke Austin (So.)/Kourtney Keegan (Jr.), Florida
Austin and Keegan became the first players from Florida in 15 years to win an NCAA Individual Championship, as the duo picked up the 2016 NCAA Doubles Championship with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Cal’s Manasse and Starr. Austin and Keegan, who ended the year No. 2 in the national rankings, were 33-7 in 2015-16, with an 18-6 record against ranked opponents.
Hayley Carter (Jr.)/Whitney Kay (Sr.), North Carolina
Ranked No. 1 for a majority of the 2016 season, Carter and Kay were the No. 1 seed in the 2016 NCAA Championship and advanced to the semifinal round before falling to Cal’s Megan Manasse and Denise Starr. Earlier in the season, Carter and Kay picked up a national championship, winning the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, defeating Kentucky’s Aldila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi in the final. Carter and Kay finished the season with a 36-7 record. In two seasons together, the duo won 59 of their 70 matches.
Aldila Sutjiadi (Jr.)/Mami Adachi (So.), Kentucky
Sutjiadi and Adachi finished runner-up at both the 2015 Oracle/ITA Masters and the 2015 National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship. The Kentucky duo advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 NCAA Championship, the first time since 2003 and sixth time in program history that has occurred. Sutjiadi and Adachi were a perfect 11-0 versus SEC competition in 2015-16, and concluded the season No. 1 in the national rankings.
Thibaud Berland, Sr., Hawai´i Pacific
Berland capped off his collegiate career in style, guiding the Sharks to the Division II National Championship and amassing a perfect 18-0 record, with 14 of those wins coming against ranked opponents. The Co-PacWest Player of the Year was the No. 1-ranked player in Division II for the entire 2016 spring season.
Alberto Barroso-Campos (Fr.)/Alex Theiler (Sr.), Saint Leo
Barroso-Campos and Theiler went 27-2 and finished the 2016 season on a nine-match winning streak in guiding Saint Leo to a runner-up finish at the 2016 NCAA Championship. They took over the No. 1 national ranking in April and concluded the season in the top spot.
Dallas Zhang, Jr., BYU-Hawaii
For the second consecutive year, Zhang finished the year as the No. 1-ranked singles player in Division II. She helped guide BYU-Hawaii to a runner-up finish at the 2016 NCAA Championship, dropping its only match of the season (25-1) to Armstrong State in the final. Zhang was 19-0 this season and has won 35 matches in a row.
Dallas Zhang (Jr.)/Summer Wen (Jr.), BYU-Hawaii
In leading the Seasiders to a runner-up finish at the 2016 NCAA Championship, Zhang and Wen did not a drop a match in their 2016 campaign, posting a record of 22-0. The duo finished the season as the top-ranked team in the Oracle/ITA NCAA Division II Women’s National Doubles Rankings.
Skyler Butts, Sr., Claremont-Mudd Scripps
Butts, who finished as national runner-up at the 2015 NCAA Championship, returned to the NCAA final in 2016, and this time he emerged as national champion, defeating Kalamazoo’s Branden Metzler 6-2, 6-7 (0), 6-2 in the final on Metzler’s home court. Butts is the sixth singles national champion in CMS history, and second straight, as Warren Wood defeated Butts for the 2015 crown.
Sam Geier (Sr.)/Tristan Kaye (Jr.), Kenyon
Geier and Kaye became the first doubles team from Kenyon to win a national championship, defeating Middlebury 7-6 (3), 6-1 in the Division III final. The victory at the NCAA Championship propelled the duo to the nation’s year-end No. 1 doubles ranking.
Eudice Chong, So., Wesleyan
Chong defended her NCAA Division III Championship singles title, defeating Juli Raventos of Williams in the final 6-2, 7-5. Chong recorded a 30-2 record in 2015-16, with both losses coming at the hands of Raventos. They are the only two losses she’s sustained in her first two years of college tennis. Chong began and concluded the season as the nation’s No. 1-ranked singles player.
Juli Raventos (So.)/Linda Shin (Jr.), Williams
Raventos and Shin repeated as NCAA doubles champions, with the duo earning a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Caroline Ward and Katie Kuosman of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. In the last two seasons, Raventos and Shin have amassed a 65-7 record and they finished the 2016 season ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Kevin Konfederak, So., Georgia Gwinnett
Konfederak guided Georgia Gwinnett to its third straight NAIA National Championship, as the Grizzlies scored a 5-2 win over Xavier (LA) in the final. Georgia Gwinnett won a program-record 26 matches in 2016 and finished the year undefeated. Konfederak received the Ward-Ballinger Outstanding Player Award for going undefeated in No. 1 singles and doubles play throughout the national tournament. He was the only player to be ranked No. 1 nationally during the 2015-16 season.
Jordan Cox (Jr.)/Kevin Konfederak (So.), Georgia Gwinnett
Cox and Konfederak held the nation’s No. 1 ranking all season. Their only two losses came to Division I North Carolina’s Brett Clark and Robert Kelly (ranked No. 4 nationally at the time) in the quarterfinals of the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship (6-7 (7), 6-3, 1-0 (8)) and to Division II’s No. 4-ranked team of Alexander Meyer and Thibaud Berland of Hawai´i Pacific (8-4). Cox and Konfederak won the NAIA 2015 National Small College Championship and also claimed the Super Bowl doubles title to earn a spot in the 2015 NIIC.
Valeria Podda, Jr., Georgia Gwinnett
Podda spent the entire 2015-16 season as the nation’s No. 1-ranked singles player. The junior won the NAIA singles title at the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championship. Podda helped guide the Grizzlies to the 2016 NAIA National Championship, and she was honored with the Marvin P. Richmond Outstanding Player Award for going undefeated in singles and doubles play throughout the national tournament.
Valeria Podda (Jr.)/Sophie Feller (Fr.), Georgia Gwinnett
Podda and Feller didn’t come together as a team until February, but they quickly established themselves as one of the best teams in NAIA and by the end of the season, had earned the national No. 1 ranking. Podda and Feller went undefeated against NAIA competition, only losing to NCAA Division III national champions Juli Raventos and Linda Shin of Williams College, and from Division II, West Alabama’s Amina Mukhametshina and Georgina Morrall.
Guy Iradukunda, So., Seminole State College
Iradukunda, who’s headed to Florida State University, guided Seminole State College to a runner-up finish at the NJCAA national tournament. Individually, he won the national singles and doubles championships and was the division’s top-ranked singles player. He was named the 2016 ITA Sophomore Player of the Year.
Ismael Mzai (So.)/Guy Iradukunda (So.), Seminole State College
Mzai and Iradukunda won the 2016 NJCAA national doubles championship and won the JUCO doubles title at the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championship. The Seminole State College duo opened and closed the 2015-16 season as the nation’s No. 1-ranked doubles team.
Gabrielle Andrews, Fr., Tyler Junior College
Andrews, in her first year at Tyler Junior College, spent the entire 2015-16 season ranked in the Top 3, and finished the year in the No. 1 position. Andrews reached the final of the JUCO singles draw at the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championship, and had just four recorded losses on the year.
Macarena Olivares (So.)/Megane Bianco (So.), ASA Miami
Olivares and Bianco guided ASA Miami to the NJCAA national championship in 2016. After losing in the JUCO doubles final at the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championship, the duo dropped just two more matches the remainder of the season.
* = 2016 ITA National Player of the Year