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Friday, September 12, 2008

ITA All-American Tournament Selections; Kentucky News

The selections for the fall ITA majors, the Riveria All-American for women and the D'Novo All-American for men, have been out for a couple of weeks now, but with all the US Open distractions, I didn't have a chance to study them until today. The women have a 64 pre-qualifying draw, a 64 qualifying and a 32 main draw. The men have a 256 pre-qualifying. 128 qualifying and 64 main draw. All I can say to that pre-qualifying expansion, which is new this year, is I hope it doesn't rain. That's a lot of matches to complete in ten days. I'll be there for the main draw and will be staying for the ITF B1 that follows, as I did last year.

As Tech Girl mentioned below, Amanda Craddock is now at Texas, Blake Boswell is now at Oklahoma and Leo Rosenburg appears to have surfaced in Hawaii. Texas Tech has two excellent recruits, Raony Carvalho of Brazil and Gonzalo Escobar from Eucador. Escobar won the Eddie Herr 16s in 2005, a match I covered. You'll probably recognize the names of most of the finalists from that year.

The complete list of the selections for the men's A-A is here. The women's list is here. If there are any inclusions or omissions that strike you, please feel free to comment.

The ITF Grade 1 in Lexington is drawing to a close, with unseeded Matt Kandath and Ryan Lipman winning the doubles with a straight set victory over No. 4 seeds Tankanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia. Kandath and Lipman are demonstrating that the team formed at the last second in New York is going to be tough to beat this year. The unseeded Lipman reached the semifinals of singles, as did Bo Seal, who was beaten by Hiroyasu Ehara of Japan for the second tournament in a row. On the girls side, Lauren Embree and Jacqueline Cako, both of whom lost in the first round of qualifying in Flushing Meadows, played for a spot in the finals, with Cako winning 7-6, 6-3. Cako and partner Courtney Dolehide, the 2008 Clay Court doubles champions, fell in the doubles finals to Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies of Indonesia. In the final, Cako plays Victoria Kamenskaya of Russia, who defeated top seed Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands in the U.S. Open Junior last week. No. 3 seed Mirza Basic of Bosnia will face Ehara in the boys final.

For complete results, see the usta.com ITF site.


OleNole said...

You're right, the 2005 Easter Bowl was a who's who of current top juniors. I wonder what happened to the kid from Moldova though? I can't recall hearing of him recently.

The Slappy Professor said...

Whoever came up with the idea of a 256 person prequalifier to go along with the qualifier for the men's All-Americans obviously doesn't have much regard for the STUDENT side of the student-athlete equation. I have two students in the singles and doubles MAIN draws and they are listed as missing an entire week of class for the tournament. That's only three classes, but it's much worse than missing one class a week for three weeks.

It may be unlikely to happen, but if someone in the prequalifier makes the main draw, are they going to miss two weeks of school? I'd like to know. Anyone know the schedule?