Campbell/ITA Players of the Year Honored in Newport

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CAMPBELL/ITA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR HONORED IN NEWPORT

July 13, 2012

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SKILLMAN, N.J. – Stanford junior Nicole Gibbs and USC senior Steve Johnson will be honored as the 2012 Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year as part of induction weekend at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I.

ITA Executive Director David A Benjamin, along with presenter Stan Smith, President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and Anthony Sanzio, Vice President of Global Communications for Campbell Soup, will recognize this year’s recipients Saturday at an awards luncheon held in Horseshoe Piazza immediately prior to the ITHF Inductions on stadium court.  The 2012 Class includes Jennifer Capriati, Guga Kuerten, Manuel Orantes, Randy Snow and Mike Davies.

The Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year award is given to the women’s and men’s singles player who has had the most outstanding year in college tennis and finishes No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA National Rankings.

Gibbs made her professional debut this week at the WTA Bank of the West Classic on Stanford’s campus.  Earning a wild card entry, she won in straight sets in the opening round before succumbing to Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on Wednesday.  

Gibbs earned ITA All-America honors for both singles and doubles, making her a four-time ITA All-American.  She owns a career record of 87-11.  Gibbs closed out the 2011-12 collegiate season in impressive fashion, winning her final 17 singles matches to finish with an overall singles record of 41-5 in her sophomore campaign.  The Santa Monica, Calif., product put together a solid fall season that included claiming the 2011 USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Singles Championship. Gibbs picked up her level of play for the post-season in the spring, capturing the 2012 Pac-12 Singles Championship en route to be named the 2012 Pac-12 Women's Player of the Year. In the NCAA Women's Singles Championship, Gibbs defeated Florida's Allie Will, the player ranked No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings heading into the NCAA Championships, in the semifinals. She outlasted teammate and doubles partner Mallory Burdette in the finals 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to win the 2012 NCAA Women's Singles crown.

Johnson had a chance to test the grass courts at Newport last week, falling in the second round of qualifying for the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.  He is currently ranked 400th in the world.

The Orange, Calif., native capped off a stellar four-year career at USC fittingly: taking home the 2012 NCAA Men's Singles Championship. Johnson heads into the pro ranks as one of the most decorated players in college tennis history, helping his team to four consecutive NCAA Men's Team Championships to go along with is back-to-back NCAA Men's Singles titles. He ended his career on a 72-match singles winning streak, including a perfect 37-0 in his senior season. Johnson was named the 2012 Pac-12 Men's Player of the Year, his second season to be chosen for that award. He was also selected as the 2012 ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year honoree. Johnson finishes his career as a seven-time ITA All-American after earning both singles and doubles honors this season. He was also named the Campbell/ITA Men's Player of the Year last season, becoming just the fourth men's player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.

Past ITA National Players of the Year:

Men



Women

2012

Steve Johnson, Southern California


2012

Nicole Gibbs, Stanford

2011

Steve Johnson, Southern California


2011

Jana Juricova, California

2010

Robert Farah, Southern California


2010

Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech

2009

Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Oklahoma State


2009

Mallory Cecil, Duke

2008

Somdev Devvarman, Virginia


2008

Amanda McDowell, Georgia Tech

2007

Somdev Devvarman, Virginia


2007

Audra Cohen, Miami (FL)

2006

Benjamin Kohlloeffel, UCLA


2006

Audra Cohen, Miami (FL)

2005

Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor


2005

Megan Bradley, Miami (FL)

2004

Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor


2004

Amber Liu, Stanford

2003

Amer Delic, Illinois


2003

Amber Liu, Stanford

2002

Matias Boeker, Georgia


2002

Bea Bielik, Wake Forest

2001

Matias Boeker, Georgia


2001

Laura Granville, Stanford

2000

Alex Kim, Stanford


2000

Laura Granville, Stanford

1999

James Blake, Harvard


1999

Zuzana Lesenarova, San Diego

1998

Bob Bryan, Stanford


1998

Vanessa Webb, Duke

1997

Thomas Dupre, Mississippi State


1997

Lilia Osterloh, Stanford

1996

Cecil Mamiit, Southern California


1996

Jill Craybas, Florida

1995

Sargis Sargsian, Arizona State


1995

Keri Phebus, UCLA

1994

Mark Merklein, Florida


1994

Angela Lettiere, Geogia

1993

Chris Woodruff, Tennessee


1993

Lisa Raymond, Florida

1992

Alex O'Brien, Stanford


1992

Lisa Raymond, Florida

1991

Al Parker, Georgia


1991

Sandra Birch, Stanford

1990

Steve Bryan, Texas


1990

Debbie Graham, Stanford

1989

MaliVai Washington, Michigan


1989

Tami Whitlinger, Stanford

1988

Robbie Weiss, Pepperdine


1988

Halle Cioffi, Florida

1987

Richey Reneberg, SMU


1987

Patty Fendick, Stanford

1986

Rick Leach, Southern California


1986

Caroline Kuhlman, Southern California

1985

Mikael Pernfors, Georgia


1985

Gretchen Rush, Trinity (TX)

1984

Paul Annacone, Tennessee


1984

Gretchen Rush, Trinity (TX)

1983

Greg Holmes, Utah


1983

Beth Herr, Southern California

1982

Marcel Freeman, UCLA


1982

Vicki Nelson, Rollins

1981

Tim Mayotte, Stanford




1980

Peter Rennert, Stanford




Past ITA National Doubles Teams of the Year:

Men
2012 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola, Ohio State
2011 John-Patrick Smith/Boris Conkic, Tennessee
2010 Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha, Duke
2009 Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee
2008 Robert Farah/Kaes Van't Hof, USC
2007 Luis Flores/John Isner, Georgia
2006 Kevin Anderson/Ryan Rowe, Illinois
2005 John Isner/Antonio Ruiz, Georgia
2004 Richard Barker/William Barker, Rice
2003 Richard Barker/William Barker, Rice
2002 Andrew Colombo/Marc Kovacs, Auburn
2001 Matias Boeker/Travis Parrott, Georgia
2000 Geoff Abrams/Alex Kim, Stanford
Women
2012 Mallory Burdette/Nicole Gibbs, Stanford
2011 Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette, Stanford
2010 Natalie Pluskota/Caitlin Whoriskey, Tennessee
2009 Renata Kucerkova/Anastasia Petukhova, Fresno State
2008 Riza Zalameda/Tracy Lin, UCLA
2007 Sara Anundsen/Jenna Long, North Carolina
2006 Alice Barnes/Anne Yelsey, Stanford
2005 Alice Barnes/Erin Burdette, Stanford
2004 Lauren Barnikow/Erin Burdette, Stanford
2003 Christina Fusano/Raquel Kops-Jones, California
2002 Lauren Kalvaria/Gabriela Lastra, Stanford
2001 Whitney Laiho/Jessica Lehnhoff, Florida
2000 Claire Curran/Amy Jensen, California

About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA web site is www.itatennis.com.

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