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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wrapping Up ITA Men's Team Indoor; Brugues Now No. 1 in Latest Singles Rankings

My weekly column for The Tennis Recruiting Network is an overview of the ITA Men's Team Indoor last weekend.

I've also put together a slide show, based on the men's All-Tournament team announced yesterday by the ITA, and would like to thank my husband, Paul Ballard, for all his hard work behind the lens in the challenging indoor conditions. The women's All-tournament team can be found in this ITA release.

There was a lot of news from the ITA in the past two days. Not only did they release the All-tournament teams, but also this announcement that the rankings will have a new sponsor (Fila having bowed out), the Campbell Soup Company.

In those rankings, the Northwestern women retained their No. 1 position in the team rankings, and Wildcat Maria Mosolova managed to hold on to her top spot in the singles, barely edging Clemson's Ani Mijacika, who is a fraction of a point behind. Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State are ranked No. 1 in doubles.

The men's rankings did shuffle, with Virginia assuming the top spot in the team rankings, followed by Georgia and Ohio State. Tulsa's Arnau Brugues has claimed the top spot in the singles, with Steve Forman and Cory Parr of Wake Forest ranked No. 1 in doubles.

For complete rankings, see the ITA rankings page.

Marcia Frost was also in Chicago and posted this wrap for collegeandjuniortennis.com.

In addition to the slideshow and the embedded YouTube video below of Virginia's Drew Courtney earning a break over Josh Varela of Georgia at 5-5 in the third set, I also have posted two short videos of Michael Shabaz and Javier Garrapiz from their match in the finals at the tenniskalamazoo YouTube channel.


go girls said...

link to report on usta girls vs. university of miami here

Colette Lewis said...

go girls:
Thanks, I hope to have a bit more about the match in tomorrow's post.

TechGirl said...

Some interesting reading in the latest rankings.

1. Stanford women at number 11 which might be an all-time low for an official ranking.

2. Kelcy Tefft being part of the number 2 and 3 ranked doubles team.

3. Stanford not having anyone ranked in the top 10 in either Team, Singles or Doubles.