Fields Named for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Nation's Best to Play Nov. 3-6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
With the conclusion of the USTA/ITA Division I Regional Championships, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced the full list of players competing at the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 3-6 at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
The men's singles field features all of the Top 10 players in the nation, including No. 1 Alex Domijan, a wild card selection who will be competing in his first event of the 2011-12 season. Joining Domijan in the draw are Cavalier teammates Jarmere Jenkins and Mitchell Frank, an undefeated freshman who beat five seniors en route to the ITA All-American title earlier this month.
Virginia is one of eight schools with more than one player in the men's singles event. Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pepperdine and reigning national champion USC all have two men vying for the title. With Trojans' No. 1 Steve Johnson taking the fall semester off, senior Daniel Nguyen and sophomore Ray Sarmiento will be representing the cardinal and gold.
Though Riviera/ITA All-American finalists Allie Will (Florida) and Jacqueline Cako (Arizona State) declined their invitations, 2011 NCAA singles champion Jana Juricova (California) headlines the women's singles field. She is joined by 2010 NCAA singles champion Chelsey Gullickson (Georgia), who swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Oct. 24.
Five freshmen are also scheduled to compete in the women's singles draw: Riviera/ITA All-American semifinalist Robin Anderson (UCLA), Riviera/ITA All-American quarterfinalist Beatrice Capra (Duke), USTA/ITA Midwest Regional champion Emina Bektas (Michigan), USTA/ITA Southwest Regional champion Sabrina Santamaria (USC) and wild card selection Zoe Scandalis (USC).
Six of the Top 10 teams in the country will compete in men's doubles, including the top-ranked duo of Kevin King and Juan Spir (Georgia Tech). They will be challenged by ITA All-American consolation champions Nick Andrews and Christoffer Konigsfeldt (California) and ITA All-American main draw champions Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola (Ohio State), who defeated King and Spir in a three-set final Oct. 9 in Tulsa, Okla.
In women's doubles, Clemson's Josipa Bek and Keri Wong seek one more win than they had last year in Flushing, when the Tigers fell in the final. Now ranked No. 1 in the nation, Bek and Wong won their second straight USTA/ITA Carolina Regional title Oct. 24. Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews (Notre Dame), Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs (Stanford), and Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather (Florida) appear most likely to challenge the Tigers.
As the only tournament on the ITA calendar to showcase elite players from every level of college tennis, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships serves as the culmination of the fall season. Hosted by Columbia University, this prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.
Gaining automatic entry into the tournament are champions from the USTA/ITA Division I Regional Championships held across the country in October, winners of the USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl, and the consolation champions, doubles finalists and singles quarterfinalists from the ITA Men’s and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships.
In many cases, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships has served as a springboard to success for players at the US Open, which is also played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. At the 2011 US Open alone, 1992 National Indoor singles champion Lisa Raymond (Florida) won the women’s doubles title, 2006 National Indoor doubles champion John Isner (Georgia) reached the singles quarterfinals, and 2007 National Indoor doubles champions Somdev Devvarman and Treat Conrad Huey (Virginia) reunited to win two rounds in doubles.
You can follow live scores from the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at ITAtennis.com and access real-time updates on the ITA’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the USTA College Tennis Facebook and Twitter sites. Tweets during the event will include: #NationalIndoor. There will also be an exclusive live chat throughout the tournament at USTA.com.