University of Georgia men's coach Manny Diaz has been named USOC National Coach of the Year for tennis and Frank Salazar of the Junior Tennis Champions Center has been honored as the Developmental Coach of the Year for tennis, according to this press release from the USTA. Rita Gladstone and Anne Smith were also honored for their contributions to the game.
This afternoon at the University of Miami's Neil Schiff Tennis Center, the USTA National Junior team defeated the Hurricanes 6-1 in an exhibition match. I'll have more details about this new concept in my February 12th Tennis Recruiting Network article, but I'll pass along the scores and lineups. Those familiar with the Hurricanes will note that Daniel Vallverdu and David Rosenfeld did not play in singles. Rosenfeld, who did play in doubles, is just coming back from surgery. Vallverdu had a recurrence of the shoulder injury that took him out of the Indoor last fall, and is not yet ready to return.
No. 1 Ryan Lipman & Rhyne Williams (USTA) def. Christian Blocker & David Simon 8-3
No. 2 Keith Crowley & Rosenfeld def. Evan King & Raymond Sarmiento (USTA) 9-7(4)
No. 3 Bob van Overbeek & Nathan Pasha (USTA) def. Carl Sundberg & Ignacio Taboada 8-6
No. 1 Williams def. Blocker 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 Lipman def. Taboada 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 King def. Simon 6-0, 6-4
No. 4 van Overbeek def. Sundberg 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 Sarmiento def. Crowley 7-5, 6-4
No. 6 Hector Nieto def. Pasha in three sets 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(4)
Order of finish:
4, 5, 2*, 3, 1, 6
This story on the Miami website was published prior to today's match. Although former Miami men's coach Jay Berger was there, the USTA's head of men's tennis was probably more in the mode of a volunteer assistant. National coach Mike Sell was in charge of the team.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009