Eddie Herr Entry Ends Soon; ITA & USTA To Send Collegians to France; Top Seeds Miseviciute and Mijacika Out at Riviera
The Eddie Herr Tournament is less than two months away and the entry deadline, a week from today, is fast approaching. To register, please go to eddieherr.com and click on the appropriate link.
The ITA and USTA have announced that the U.S. will participate in the International Collegiate Competition, scheduled to be held in France from December 4-7, 2008. According to the ITA website, players will be selected as follows:
* The top two American finishers (1 male, 1 female) from the 2008 ITA Men’s and Women’s All-American Championships.
* The top two American ranked players (1 male, 1 female) on the 2008 ITA Preseason Division I Rankings.
* The top two American finishers (1 male, 1 female) from the 2008 ITA Small College Championships.
* Team members must also represent the highest standards of sportsmanship, leadership, and have outstanding ambassadorial qualities.
It's terrific that they are including the Small College American standouts in this process; those players will be determined in Mobile in two weeks. The second category would designate Alex Clayton of Stanford and Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech, and the All-American men's top finisher will be known by the end of next week.
The top American women finisher in the All-American is sophomore Kelcy McKenna of Arizona State. McKenna defeated No. 1 ranked Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas in the round of 16 Friday and then downed Laura Vallverdu of Miami, both in straight sets. With Amanda McDowell and Georgia Rose losing in the quarterfinals, McKenna is the only American in the semifinals. McKenna plays No. 6 seed Maria Mosolova of Northwestern, McDowell's conqueror, while Cal's Marina Cossou, seeded 7th, faces Fani Chifchieva of Auburn, who, like McKenna, is unseeded. Chifchieva, an NCAA semifinalist in May, outlasted No. 2 seed and 2007 All-American and Indoor finalist Ani Mijacika of Clemson in a third set tiebreaker. For complete results, see the ITA website.