ITA Collegiate All-Star Team, presented by The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy,
to be honored at historic West Side Tennis Club August 27
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Star Team, presented by The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, will be honored on August 27 at the historic West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.
Highlighting tomorrow's ceremonies will be the 2004 ITA National Players of the Year Benedikt Dorsch of Baylor and Amber Liu of Stanford. This year's ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, presented by Montblanc, recipients Lee Taylor Walker of Memphis and Courtney Nagle of Oregon will also be honored.
This 21st edition of the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team includes the nation's top-ranked men's and women's tennis players at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA levels, as well as champions from the 2003 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and 2004 NCAA Championships.
This year's men's all-stars are: Ivan Angulo of the College of Santa Fe, Richard Barker of Rice, William Barker of Rice, Benjamin Becker of Baylor, KC Corkery of Stanford, Dorsch of Baylor, Jan Krejci of BYU-Hawaii, Alex Ortega of Laredo, Matt Seeberger of UC-Santa Cruz, Ludovic Walter of Duke, Sam Warburg of Stanford, Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State and Jason Zimmerman of Duke. The women's all-stars are: Lauren Barnikow of Stanford, Daniela Bercek of UCLA, Erin Burdette of Stanford, Agata Cioroch of Georgia, Lauren Fisher of UCLA, Idalina Franca of Independence, Alexis Gordon of Florida, Cristelle Grier of Northwestern, Zsofia Golopencza of Armstrong Atlantic State, Mary Ellen Gordon of Emory, Karine Ionesco of Broward, Liu of Stanford, Jessica Rush of Northwestern and Larikah Russell of Southern Nazarene.
ITA National Players of the Year Liu and Dorsch led Stanford and Baylor to the NCAA women's and men's team titles last May, respectively. Both also finished at No. 1 in the ITA national singles rankings. Liu will be making her third appearance in the U.S. Open next week.
The purpose of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award is to honor Ashe and the vision he embodied of the importance of education, sportsmanship and leadership. This year's recipients Nagle and Walker excelled on and off the court. Nagle, an ITA All-American in 2003 as a junior, was active in programs for area children in Eugene, Oregon. Walker, who became the first Memphis player to achieve a national singles ranking in 25 years, aided in a medical and dental mission trip to Honduras last summer. He was also active in re-establishing a Fellowship for Christian Athletes chapter on the Memphis campus and served a six-month internship at the St. Jude's Children's Hospital earlier this year. On Sunday Nagle and Walker will take part in a ceremony at the USTA National Tennis Center that will also recognize this year's winners of the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest
The ITA Collegiate All-Star Team is being treated by the ITA and The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy to a weekend in New York, highlighted Friday's activities at the historic West Side Tennis Club, site of the U.S. Open until 1977. Following a breakfast at West Side, the ITA All-Stars will participate in doubles play with guests from 9-11 a.m. Starting at noon the ITA All-Stars will then be honored at a special luncheon and presented their awards. Nick Bollettieri will be on hand for the awards ceremony. The legendary Bollettieri founded his world famous tennis academy in 1978 and has coached many of the top players including Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Tommy Haas and Jim Courier.
Tennis Week magazine is the event's media sponsor.
The ITA has selected an All-Star Team since 1984. Recent players honored include: Bea Bielik, James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, Laura Granville, Marissa Irvin, Alex Kim, Jeff Morrison and Brian Vahaly.