2014 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team announced
SKILLMAN, NJ (August 26) - The ITA has announced the 2014 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team, a collection of the best collegiate tennis players from the 2013-14 season.
Featuring the nation's top student-athletes from tennis programs across the nation, the ITA Collegiate 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 Junior and Community College levels, as well as winners of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and 2014 NCAA Division I Championships.
"The ITA would like to congratulate this fantastic group of student-athletes for their outstanding play and sportsmanship during this past season," said David Benjamin, ITA Executive Director.
The ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners are also typically honored during the ITA Awards Luncheon. This prestigious award takes into account a player's tennis accomplishments, scholastic achievements and extracurricular endeavors, and recognizes players who excelled on and off the court as Ashe did during his life. Sportsmanship, leadership and character are important criteria, as is giving back to the community.
The 2014 ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners are:
Division I: Greg Andrews, University of Notre Dame, and Belinda Niu, Northwestern University;
Division II: Robert Florence, Washburn University, and Lauren Coggins, Slippery Rock University;
Division III: Nicolas Moreno, Trinity University, and Samantha Gann, Tufts University;
NAIA: Sonam Phuntsok, Lewis-Clark State College, and Dominika Jasova, Brenau University;
Junior/Community College: Richard Catabona, LA Pearce College, and Mallory Davis, Meridian Community College.
The 2014 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team members are listed below with descriptions of their impressive performances.
ITA COLLEGIATE ALL-STAR TEAM MEMBERS
NCAA Division I Singles
Jamie Loeb, University of North Carolina
2014 ITA College Player of the Year Loeb, also the 2014 ITA Rookie Player of the Year, won her first two major tournaments last fall: the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. She became the first freshman to win at Riviera since 2004 and surged to the No. 1 spot in the ITA Division I National Singles Rankings on February 11, ending the year on top. Loeb finished her freshman season with a 53-4 singles record and led her team to a runner-up finish at the 2014 NCAA Team Championships. Loeb was an ITA All-American in both singles and doubles.
Robin Anderson, UCLA
Anderson led the Bruins team to the NCAA Championships title this year and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. She completed her junior season with a 34-6 singles record and was runner up at both the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships and 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. An ITA All-American in singles and doubles for the third straight year, Anderson was ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles during the 2013-2014 season and ended the year as the No. 2 singles player in the ITA National Singles Rankings.
Danielle Collins, University of Virginia
Collins captured the 2014 NCAA Singles Championship title as the first Virginia women's player in school history to advance past the NCAA round of 16. The victory earned her ITA All-America recognition in singles, and her 37 singles wins during the season rank second all-time at Virginia. Collins also helped her team capture its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament championships and first NCAA quarterfinal appearance in school history. Collins also won the 2013 USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships singles title.
NCAA Division I Doubles
Erin Routliffe/Maya Jansen, University of Alabama
Alabama duo Routliffe and Jansen surged to the No. 1 ranking on the heels of their 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship. The duo captured the program's first national title with a commanding 6-1, 6-0 victory over Georgia's No. 2 ranked pair of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase. The Crimson Tide finished the season 22-4 and won their final 10 matches and helped their team to a final ranking of No. 6 in the ITA Team Rankings, the best in program history.
Lauren Herring/Maho Kowase, University of Georgia
Herring and Kowase reached the doubles finals of the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships and advanced to the doubles semifinals of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. The Bulldogs made it all the way to the doubles final at the 2014 NCAA Championships and ended the year as the No. 2 ranked team in the country.
Kendal Woodard/Megan Kurey, Georgia Tech
Sophomores Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard won the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships doubles title during the fall season, and continued their great run by capturing the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title. The pair was seeded at the NCAA Championships and finished the year ranked No. 7 in the ITA Doubles Rankings.
NCAA Division II
Valentine Confalonieri, Lynn University
Confalonieri became the first player in her program's history to win the women's singles Super Bowl title at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. The Fighting Knight dropped only one match all season, a loss to the ITA Division I No. 2 ranked singles player, Robin Anderson of UCLA at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. In the spring, she won all 26 of her matches and helped her team earn its 18th-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. For a second consecutive year, Confalonieri was named an ITA All-American for both singles and doubles.
NCAA Division III
Gabrielle Clark, Emory University
Clark, the 2014 ITA Senior Player of the Year, is a four-time ITA All-American who won her second NCAA Division III Women's Singles Championships this spring. The senior only surrendered 16 games in five matches en route to the NCAA Singles Championship, and like her team, went undefeated against Division III opponents. She wrapped up her collegiate career with a singles record of 108-21, the second highest wins in program history. Clark was undefeated in singles in Division III play and led the team as captain to the NCAA Division III Team Championship title.
Jade Curtis, Auburn University at Montgomery
Curtis, a senior, finished the 2014 season with a 21-3 singles record, playing entirely at the No. 1 position. She added a 21-5 mark in doubles play, including a perfect 9-0 mark when teaming with Bright Phakamad. A two-time Scholar-Athlete, the native of Saltash, England, ended her collegiate career as the No. 1 player in the ITA NAIA Women's Singles Rankings.
Natallia Vavulina, ASA College
Vavulina, a Georgia State transfer, finished her lone season with the Lady Avengers with a perfect 12-0 singles record and the No. 1 flight singles NJCAA Division I Championship. Vavulina earned All-American honors in both singles and doubles and helped her team capture the NJCAA National Championships, ending the four-year reign of Tyler Junior College.
NCAA Division I Singles
Marcos Giron, UCLA
2014 ITA College Player of the Year Marcos Giron ended a successful junior season as the Bruins' 11th NCAA Singles Champion. 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, is a two-time ITA All-American in singles, also earning the honor in 2013.
Clay Thompson, UCLA
Thompson, the 2014 ITA Senior Player of the Year, rose from No. 74 to the No. 1 ranking, which he held all spring until the final ITA National Singles Rankings. Thompson started his season by winning the consolation title at the 2013 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships then triumphed as the singles champion at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship. He ended his senior season as the No. 2 ranked player in the ITA Singles Rankings and with a 37-8 record.
Guillermo Alcorta, University of Oklahoma
Alcorta was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation in singles and helped his team to a runner-up finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships, clinching the final point to make the final. Alcorta ended the year ranked No. 3 in the ITA Singles Rankings and was runner-up at the 2013 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships. His singles record was 21-7 in dual matches for his team, which finished a program best No. 2 in the ITA National Team Rankings.
NCAA Division I Doubles
Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese, University of Tennessee
Libietis and Reese won their program's second ever NCAA Doubles Championship by defeating Ohio State's Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 7-6(6) and ended the year as the top-ranked doubles team in the ITA Doubles Rankings. The Vols finished with a 36-5 record and went 13-1 during major tournaments this year, also winning the 2013 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championship and finishing as runners-up at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur, Columbia University
Schnur and Narayana were named to their third straight All-Ivy League doubles first team. Last fall, the duo captured the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, the first major title in program history. The duo helped their team to a 22-2 record, including its 11th Ivy League title and a pair of wins in the NCAA Team Championships, where the pair helped lead Columbia to the Round of 16, its deepest run in program history.
Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, Ohio State University
Kobelt and Metka went 4-0 at first doubles to help lead Ohio State to its first win at the 2014 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship. The duo was a member of the 2014 ITA All-Tournament Team for doubles and they concluded their 2014 campaign with a 33-4 record, which included 21 ranked wins. Kobelt and Metka also won the 2013 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships doubles title.
NCAA Division II
Bruno Savi, University of West Florida
Savi, the 2014 ITA Senior Player of the Year, was the top singles player in the country throughout the year for the top-ranked University of West Florida team. Savi won the Division II singles title at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships and was undefeated with a 24-0 record this spring. Savi was named an ITA All-American in both singles and doubles for the third straight year, and the senior finished his career with a 79-6 record in singles play and 82-12 in doubles.
NCAA Division III
Joey Fritz, Amherst, the 2014 ITA Senior Player of the Year, captured the NCAA Division III Championships title. He finished his collegiate career as the No. 1 singles player in the ITA Division III Rankings and with a 68-22 overall singles record. He also ended the season on an eight-match win streak, beating top-seeded Warren Wood in both the NCAA team final and singles final to complete a 24-5 campaign.
Deni Zmak, Embry-Riddle
Zmak had a huge fall season in 2013, winning both the singles and doubles Super Bowl titles at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. The wins qualified him for the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and he lost in three sets to Division I No. 1 Marcos Giron of UCLA and No. 62 Andrew Harris of Oklahoma. Zmak finished No. 1 in the ITA NAIA National Singles Rankings after an impressive year which saw him going 32-3 overall, and he ended in a 19-match winning streak.
Josh Page, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Page captured the national championship at flight one singles at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men's National Tennis Tournament, the first win for his program at the position since 1999. He led his team playing first singles, losing only once during the spring season. Page ended the year as the No. 1 player in the ITA Junior/Community Colleges Men's National Singles Rankings.
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