ITA Honors 2014 ITA National College Players of the Year
SKILLMAN, NJ (July 14) - North Carolina's Jamie Loeb and UCLA's Marcos Giron were honored as the 2014 ITA National College Players of the Year as part of the Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.
The collegiate players were honored on Saturday, July 12 at a special Awards Luncheon immediately prior to the 2014 International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.
ITA National College Players of the Year pose with ITHF Class of 2014 among others
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 Division I college tennis.
Loeb, a freshman, wrapped up an impressive season with a 53-4 singles record, including a 19-1 mark in the fall. Her 53 wins are the most in program history for the North Carolina women's tennis program. The Tar Heel won singles titles at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. She has been ranked in the No. 1 spot in the ITA Division I National Singles Rankings since , and is the first female from North Carolina to be the top-ranked singles player. Loeb was named an ITA All-American in both singles and doubles and is the 2014 ITA National Rookie of the Year. She led her team to a runner-up finish at the 2014 NCAA Team Championships, the first national championship match in program history.
Marcos and Jamie with ITA Executive Director David Benjamin and 2014 ITHF inductee Nick Bollettieri
Giron ended a successful junior season as the Bruins' 11th NCAA Singles Champion and first since Benjamin Kohlloeffel won the title in 2006. He was ranked a career-high No. 2 heading into the NCAA Championships, and his win helped him secure the No. 1 ranking in the final ITA National Singles Rankings. He finished with a 30-5 singles record, his second-straight 30-win season, and he scored 18 ranked wins. Giron, the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships consolation winner, was ranked in Top 5 the ITA Division I Singles Rankings since. He also captured the singles title at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup, defeating four straight ranked opponents. He is a two-time ITA All-American in singles, also earning the honor in 2013.
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.