2011 Master'U BNP Paribas
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The six Americans competing at the Master’U BNP Paribas won’t play any mixed doubles matches or any events on red clay during the 2012 spring season – or any season for that matter.

Yet, with the collegiate world championship on the line Sunday, Daniel Nguyen of USC and Jacqueline Cako of Arizona State completed a clay-court comeback for the Americans with a 6-4, 6-1 win over the French team of Dorian Descloix and Nathalie Piquion.

Through four singles matches on Sunday, host France led the United States 3-1, highlighted by a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory for Clemson’s Nelly Ciolkowski over Florida’s Lauren Embree.

Only a third-set tiebreak win by Wil Spencer of Georgia prevented the Americans from being swept away before doubles play even began.

As it turned out, Spencer sparked a change in the momentum that saw Team USA earn straight-set wins in women’s, men’s and mixed doubles.

First, Embree avenged her singles loss by teaming with Beatrice Capra to beat Ciolkowski and Anais van Cauter 7-5, 6-0. Then, Nguyen and Jarmere Jenkins dismissed Descloix and Jules Marie 6-3, 6-3 in men’s doubles.

Nguyen stayed on court to partner Cako to a dramatic 4-3 decision and the Americans' second Master’U BNP Paribas title in the last three years.

On the week, Cako and Spencer proved to be the most valuable players for Team USA. Neither the Arizona State sophomore, nor the Georgia senior, lost a match in Rouen. Cako went 2-0 in women’s singles and 3-0 in mixed doubles, while Spencer finished 3-0 in men’s singles and 1-0 in men’s doubles.

The women’s doubles pairing of Embree and Capra also yielded great results for the Americans. The Florida junior and Duke freshman swept all three of their women’s doubles matches together.

Sunday marked the third straight meeting between the U.S. and France for the Master’U BNP Paribas title. The Americans defeated the French for the 2009 championship, before falling to them last year.

The sixth annual Master’U BNP Paribas united collegiate tennis players from around the world. The eight-team competition featured six student-athletes and two head coaches from ITA member schools who represented the United States against their peers.

Here's a closer look at the event:

Who : Teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain and the USA
What: International College Team Competition
Where: Rouen, France
When: December 8-11, 2011
Format: Best-of-7 Matches (2 MS, 2 WS, 1 MD, 1 WD, 1 XD)

Match Info:
Draw , Day 1 Results , Day 2 Results
Official Sites: Master-U-BNPParibas.com, Facebook
Team USA Blog: Beatrice Capra, Mark Guilbeau and Greg Patton
Team USA Press Release: USTA.com
ITA Archives: 2010, 2009

ITA Players at Master'U BNP Paribas

Jacqueline Cako

Arizona State University sophomore

Noteworthy: 2011 ITA All-American in singles

Fall Highlights
: Riviera/ITA All-American Singles Finalist

CapraMasterU Beatrice Capra

Duke University freshman

Noteworthy: Reached third round at the 2010 US Open

Fall Highlights
: Riviera/ITA All-American Singles Quarterfinalist, USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Doubles Finalist, USTA/ITA National Indoor Singles Consolation Winner

EmbreeMasterU Lauren Embree

University of Florida junior

: 2010 and 2011 ITA All-American in singles

Fall Highlights: Riviera/ITA All-American Doubles Consolation Winner, USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Singles Finalist

JenkinsJarmere Jenkins

University of Virginia junior

: Won at least 30 singles and 30 doubles matches in 2010 and 2011

Fall Highlights
: USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Singles Finalist

NguyenDaniel Nguyen

University of Southern California senior

Noteworthy: Helped lead USC to the last three NCAA national team titles

Fall Highlights
: ITA All-American Singles Semifinalist

SpencerWil Spencer

University of Georgia senior

: 2011 ITA All-American in singles

Fall Highlights: ITA All-American Singles Finalist, USTA/ITA National Indoor Singles Consolation Winner

CiolkowskiMasterUNelly Ciolkowski

Clemson University junior

: Also represented France at the 2011 Universiade in Shenzhen, China

Fall Highlights
: USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Singles Finalist

ITA Coaches at Master'U BNP Paribas

GuilbeauMasterUMark Guilbeau

University of Virginia
Women’s Head Coach

Career Record
: 239-152

: Has led his team to the NCAA tournament 14 times in 15 years as head coach

PattonMasterUGreg Patton

Boise State University Men's Head Coach

Career Record: 685-321

: Coached Pete Sampras and Jim Courier on the U.S. junior national team


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