ITA Announces 2013 ITA National College Players of the Year

2013 ITA College Players of the Year

ITA Announces 2013 ITA National College Players of the Year
Top men's and women's doubles duos also honored

 

SKILLMAN, NJ (July 10) – Florida’s Lauren Embree and Virginia’s Jarmere Jenkins have been named the 2013 ITA National College Players of the Year, the ITA announced today. Additionally, USC’s Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian were named the ITA National Women's Doubles Team of the Year, while Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke were honored on the men's side.

The ITA College Player of the Year Awards are given to the male and female singles players who have had the most outstanding year in college tennis. The collegiate players will be honored on Saturday, July 13 in Newport, RI at a special Awards Luncheon during the Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, and immediately prior to the 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.

Florida’s Lauren Embree concluded her four year career in Gainesville with a staggering 117-16 singles record, including a 26-3 mark during the 2012-13 season, placing her 12th on Florida’s all-time career wins list.  Embree began her senior campaign in tremendous form, as she claimed the 2012 ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Championships singles title.  From there she went on to represent Team USA at the 2012 Master’U BNP Paribas, an eight team international tournament, guiding the Americans to their third title in the last four years.  In the spring season, Embree led the Gators to their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament title.  Her 10-0 mark in the SEC gave her an unblemished 38-0 career record in conference play, which earned her SEC Player of the Year distinction for the third time in her career, making her the only player in the conference’s storied history to earn the award three times.  She was also named the ITA Senior Player of the Year, becoming the first female player since 2006 to win the award after being named the ITA Rookie of the Year earlier in their career.  Embree also earned ITA All-America honors for singles this season, making her a five-time ITA All-American (four singles, one doubles).

Jarmere Jenkins capped a phenomenal senior year with a pair of national titles in Illinois but none more memorable than his efforts in guiding Virginia to its first NCAA Team Championship in school history. Jenkins success has been a surprise to no one, as the Georgia native began his senior campaign by winning the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships singles title. Jenkins did not drop a singles set en route to winning the national indoor title, becoming the first player to do so since former Virginia great Somdev Devvarman in 2007.  From there, Jenkins went on to guide Virginia to the 2013 ITA National Team Indoor Championship and eventually climbed to No. 1 in the ITA College Tennis Rankings for the first time in his career in the April 16th rankings. His 42 singles wins during his senior season is tied for third-most in program history and bumps his career total to 140, which also places him third amongst Cavalier greats. Jenkins finished his illustrious career as a four-time ITA All-American and was also named the ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year.

The Pac-12 has produced the last six NCAA Women’s Doubles Champions and this year was no different as USC’s Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian clinched the 2013 title, a first in school history.  Santamaria and Christian became the first women’s doubles team in collegiate history to complete the triple-crown, capturing all three major collegiate championships in the same season - the ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Championship, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship and the NCAA Championship.  With three national titles to their name this season, the Trojan duo have had one of the most dominating seasons of any doubles team in college history, going 37-1 including a 15-1 mark at first doubles.  For their career, the duo boasts four national titles as they captured the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles crown.
 

Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler became the second team from Duke in the last four years to be named the ITA National Doubles Team of the Year.  Maybe more impressively, this award has come full circle. Cunha won this award in 2010 with former Duke standout Reid Carleton.  Cunha and Hemmeler had an outstanding season together, totaling 39 wins, ranking them second in single season wins in Duke history.  In the fall, the Duke pair won the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships doubles title and followed it up with the coveted USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles crown and a trip to the semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Doubles Championships.  For Cunha, this award wraps up one of the most successful careers in Duke history as he leaves the courts of Durham with over 100 wins in both singles and doubles, becoming just the fourth player in program history to reach the 100-win plateau in both categories.  Cunha is also Duke’s all-time leader in career doubles wins with 146.

 
Past ITA National Players of the Year:

Men

 

 

Women

 

2013

Jarmere Jenkins, Virginia

 

2013

Lauren Embree, Florida

2012

Steve Johnson, USC

 

2012

Nicole Gibbs, Stanford

2011

Steve Johnson, USC

 

2011

Jana Juricova, California

2010

Robert Farah, USC

 

2010

Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech

2009

Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Ok. State

 

2009

Mallory Cecil, Duke

2008

Somdev Devvarman, Virginia

 

2008

Amanda McDowell, Ga. Tech

2007

Somdev Devvarman, Virginia

 

2007

Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.)

2006

Benjamin Kohlloeffel, UCLA

 

2006

Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.)

2005

Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor

 

2005

Megan Bradley, Miami (Fla.)

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, USC

 

1996

Jill Craybas, Florida

1995

Sargis Sargsian, Arizona State

 

1995

Keri Phebus, UCLA

1994

Mark Merklein, Florida

 

1994

Angela Lettiere, Georgia

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, USC

 

1986

Caroline Kuhlman, USC

1985

Mikael Pernfors, Georgia

 

1985

Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas)

1984

Paul Annacone, Tennessee

 

1984

Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas)

1983

Greg Holmes, Utah

 

1983

Beth Herr, USC

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     

2013       Henrique Cunha/Raphael Hemmeler , Duke

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

2013       Sabrina Santamaria/Kaitlyn Christian, USC

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, NJ, administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA College Tennis 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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