2013 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team announced
SKILLMAN, NJ (August 16) -- The 2013 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team will be honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Saturday, August 24.
Featuring 20 of the nation's top student-athletes from tennis programs across the nation, the ITA All Star Team was inaugurated in 1984. The All-Star Team features the nation's top-ranked men's and women's players from the year-end ITA College Tennis Rankings at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO levels, as well as winners of the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and 2013 NCAA Division I Championships.
Previous members of the All-Star team include Paul Annacone, who was among the first group of winners in 1984. Annacone, a standout at the University of Tennessee and former ITA Player of the Year, currently coaches tennis legend Roger Federer, and also coached Pete Sampras.
A number of other ITA All-Stars have gone on to excel on the pros tours such as 1996 Wimbledon finalist MaliVai Washington (University of Michigan), two-time grand slam finalist Todd Martin (Northwestern University), 1986 French Open runner-up Mikael Pernfors (University of Georgia), 11-time grand slam doubles champion Lisa Raymond (University of Florida) and former top 20 player Patty Fendick (Stanford), also the current head women's tennis coach at the University of Texas.
Current pros who have been on past All-Star teams are the ATP World Tour doubles #1s Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford), top 25 player Kevin Anderson (Illinois), former top 10 player John Isner (Georgia), former top 5 ATP player James Blake (Harvard) and current top 100 WTA player Mallory Burdette (Stanford).
Many past members of the All-Star team remain involved in the game, from ATP World Tour board member and tennis commentator Justin Gimelstob to Laura Granville, the former Stanford standout who is currently the head coach of the Princeton women's tennis team.
The 2013 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team awards presentation will take place at the ITA Awards Luncheon hosted by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, immediately before the start of the US Open. The luncheon is held in the President's Suite Dining Room at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY.
ITA COLLEGIATE ALL-STAR TEAM MEMBERS
NCAA Division I Singles
Robin Anderson of UCLA won the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships singles title and finished the season ranked fourth in the ITA Division I Singles Rankings. She finished her sophomore season with a 30-7 overall record and led the Bruins to a runner-up finish at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship and a semifinal appearance at the NCAA Team Championships. Robin also reached the NCAA Women's Doubles final with partner Skylar Morton, allowing her to earn ITA All-American honors for both singles and doubles.
Nicole Gibbs of Stanford won her second consecutive NCAA Women's Singles Championship and finished the season ranked second in the ITA Division I Singles Rankings. She is the fifth Stanford player to win multiple NCAA singles titles and with her NCAA doubles title in 2012, became the second player in Stanford history to win all three NCAA Championships in a career. She was named the Honda Sports Award winner for tennis and has received ITA All-American honors for singles and doubles.
Lauren Embree of Florida won the ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Championships singles title and finished her senior year as the top ranked player in the ITA Division I Singles Rankings. Lauren led the Gators to their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament title. Lauren also earned ITA All-American singles honors, making her a five-time ITA All-American. She was also named the 2013 ITA Player of the Year.
NCAA Division I Doubles
Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC became the first women's team to successfully complete the triple-crown which consists of winning the three major tournaments throughout the year: the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, and NCAA Women's Doubles Championship. Their NCAA title was USC's first women's title in school history. They finished the season with a staggering 37-1 overall record which ultimately led to the No. 1 overall ranking in the ITA NCAA Division I Doubles Rankings.
Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia of Georgia finished the season ranked second in the season-ending ITA NCAA Division I Doubles Rankings. The duo went 26-4 this season with 10 of their wins coming against Top 25 opponents. Maybe more impressively, five of their wins came against Top 10 opponents. Together they reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Doubles Championship and received ITA All-American honors.
Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama finished third in the season-ending ITA NCAA Division I Doubles Rankings. The pair went 27-10 this season and beat 13 ranked opponents, including four in the top 10. They knocked out #1 seeds on their way to the semifinals at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship. They also reached the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
NCAA Division II
Annie Hwang of BYU-Hawaii finished 2013 as the No. 1 women's singles player in the ITA NCAA Division II Rankings for a third straight year. Annie earned over 80 career wins in tournament play with just one loss while capturing two USTA/ITA National Small College divisional singles titles and a divisional doubles crown. She was named the PacWest Conference MVP for the second consecutive season. Annie was also named the ITA National Senior Player of the Year and an ITA All-American for singles and doubles.
NCAA Division III
Lok Sze Leung of Middlebury College finished atop the ITA College Tennis Rankings for NCAA Division III singles. She was awarded the Honda Sports Award for NCAA Division III women's tennis after claiming the NCAA singles championship, as she won all five of her matches in straight sets. She is just the second Middlebury women's player to become a NCAA singles champion. The NCAA singles title closed out an impressive season for Lok Sze, as she finished with a record of 34-2.
Jade Curtis of Auburn Montgomery finished 2013 as the top women's singles player in the ITA NAIA Singles Rankings. Jade posted a 27-1 record in her junior campaign, leading the Warhawks to their third consecutive NAIA championship. She earned ITA All-American honors in both singles and doubles this season, making her a six-time ITA All-America recipient. Jade was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America team for her outstanding accomplishments in the classroom.
Esther Zuniga of Florida State College-Jacksonville finished the 2012-13 season as the No. 1 singles player in the NJCAA ITA College Tennis Rankings. She claimed the school's first ever NJCAA national singles title at the No. 1 singles position, defeating Fausthyara Pietersz of Tyler Junior College in the finals. She helped her team to a fourth place finish at the NJCAA Women's Team Championships, the highest finish at the event in program history. Esther will play next season for the University of North Florida.
NCAA Division I Singles
Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia finished atop the ITA NCAA Division I Singles Rankings list after leading the Cavaliers to their first NCAA Team Championship in school history. He was named the NCAA Tournament MVP and reached the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship. Jenkins is a four-time ITA All-American and earlier this year was named Farnesworth/ITA National Senior Player of the Year as well as 2013 ITA Player of the Year.
Blaz Rola of Ohio State finished second in the season-ending ITA NCAA Division I Singles Rankings. He finished his junior campaign with a 32-1 mark in singles, ending the season on a 13-match win streak. He would go on to capture the 2013 NCAA Men's Singles Championship and earn ITA All-American honors for the fourth time in his career.
Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee finished third in the season-ending ITA NCAA Division I Singles Rankings. He posted a 37-7 singles record in 2013 and totaled 32 doubles victories. Libietis peaked at No. 1 in the ITA singles and doubles rankings and went on to earn ITA All-American status. He was also named the 2013 ITA National Player to Watch.
NCAA Division I Doubles
Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke ended the 2012-13 season as the top ranked doubles team in the nation. The duo totaled 39 wins this season which ranks them second in singles season doubles victories in Blue Devil history. They won the doubles tournaments at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and the 2012 USTA/ITA Division I Carolina Regional Championships. The pair also reached the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships.
Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger of Virginia won the NCAA Doubles Championship and finished the season ranked second in the ITA Division I Doubles Rankings. The Cavalier pair reached finals of the ITA All-American Championships and the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Together they recorded a 29-7 overall record to achieve ITA All-American status.
Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee finished the year ranked third in the ITA NCAA Division I Doubles Rankings. The duo totaled 14 wins together, nine of those wins coming against Top 20 ranked opponents. The pair also entered the NCAA Doubles Championship as the top seeds and received ITA All-American honors.
NCAA Division II
Matus Mydla of Armstrong Atlantic finished atop the season-ending ITA NCAA Division II Singles Rankings, compiling a 37-2 singles record. He also had a strong season in doubles, racking up 31 wins this year. In the process, he earned ITA All-American honors in singles became the eighth Armstrong Atlantic player to be named to the ITA All-Star Team.
NCAA Division III
Adam Putterman of Washington University-St. Louis finished as the top player in the ITA College Tennis Rankings for NCAA Division III following his run to the NCAA Division III men's singles title. This season, he was named the ITA National Senior Player of the Year for Division III and the University Athletic Association Most Valuable Player. Adam also earned ITA All-America honors in both singles and doubles for the second consecutive season.
Nicolas Pinones of Auburn Montgomery secured the No. 1 spot atop the ITA NAIA Singles Rankings, finishing the year with a 30-3 record including an 18-1 mark at first singles. He won the 2012 USTA/ITA NAIA South Regional Championship singles title and reached the doubles final at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. Nicolas also led the Warhawks to an NAIA national runner-up finish this year and was named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year.
Adrien Berkowicz of Tyler Junior College earned the top spot atop the ITA College Tennis Rankings for NJCAA singles. He began his stellar sophomore season by winning the JuCo and Super Bowl men's singles draws at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. Adrien finished his career at Tyler Junior College by helping the Apaches to the NJCAA national title. He will be competing for the Texas Longhorns next season.
About the ITA
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 college varsity student-athletes 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.