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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ITA Campbell Preseason Rankings; All-American Fields; USTA Becomes Sponsor of ITA National Indoor


While I've been concentrating on the juniors, there's been plenty of news in college tennis.

The ITA preseason rankings have been released, with Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State topping the men's list, and Maria Mosolova of Northwestern No. 1 for the women. JP Smith of Tennessee, Robert Farah of Southern Cal, Nate Schnugg of Georgia and Guillermo Gomez of Georgia Tech round out the Top 5. Click here for the complete men's list. Behind Mosolova are Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia, Marrit Boonstra of Florida, Jana Juricova of Cal and Hilary Barte of Stanford. The complete women's list is here.

Davey Sandgren and Smith are the top-ranked men's doubles team, while Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State are No. 1 in women's doubles.

The first major college tournaments of the year, the women's Riviera and men's D'Novo All-Americans, begin with prequalifying on October 3rd. The fields have been released, and the wild card into the 32-draw women's event went to Caitlin Whoriskey of Tennessee. Girls 18s runnerup Lauren Embree received a wild card into the qualifying. Her new teammate, Allie Will, has gotten off to a great start in her first tournament, beating three ranked players to win the top flight of the SEC Coaches Fall Classic last weekend: No. 41 Yvette Hyndman of Georgia, No. 29 Ana Zubori of South Carolina and No. 46 Catherine Newman of Vanderbilt.

For the complete Riviera All-American field, click here.

The men's D'Novo All-American in Tulsa, which I'll be covering for the fourth year, has a larger field than the Riviera, with a 64 draw. Ohio State sophomore Chase Buchanan, the Kalamazoo champion and US Open junior boys finalist, received a wild card into the main draw. Kalamazoo doubles champion and USC freshman JT Sundling received a wild card into qualifying. For the complete field, click here.

The USTA announced that it has signed on as the title sponsor of the ITA National Indoor Championships, an individual tournament that is held in November. Beginning in 2010 through 2012, the tournament will be held at the new indoor facility at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. (This year's tournament is at Yale University.) For the complete release, including comments from Patrick McEnroe and Todd Martin on the importance of college tennis as a development option, click here.

19 comments:

Stephen said...

Collette,

What is going on with Illinois? They only have five players listed on their roster. What happened to Kalmanovich, Chin, Roelofse, and Heiser?

Colette Lewis said...

Chin transferred to Miami, Roelofse has left, and I heard a rumor that Kalmanovich was contemplating turning pro. Don't know about Heiser.

Stephen said...

Did this all have anything to do with Husack leaving? It sounds like their program has basically imploded.

collegefan said...

Oh my... I just read this . Illinois had such a great team last year . What's going on Brad Dancer ?

Austin said...

Yikes, thats A LOT of turnover.

Leading contenders are always UCLA and Georgia.

Amer Delic is back on campus, maybe he can convince them to let him use his final year of eligibility.

curiousgeorge said...

I just noticed Michigan has only six listed on their roster . What happened to Drew Daniel ?

Rod said...

Does anybody know where Husack is now?

I notice the new assistant at Illinois is Marcos Asse. He was the assistant at William and Mary.

Colette Lewis said...

@Rod
Husack is Peter Smith's assistant at Southern Cal

vamosnadal said...

Husack is now the asst. coach at USC .
Wow ! Goodluck to him .

curiousgeorge:) said...

curious george... drew daniel left the team.

Brent said...

Is Daniel still at Michigan, just not playing? Or is he transferring? Thought it a little strange that he was here in town (Kansas City) giving privates this summer.

tennis fan in general said...

Michaela Kissell left Univ. of Miami for Marshall. Is Julia Cohen coming back? There has been a lot of transfers in college tennis lately. Where is Tyler Hochwalt? As usual there is a strong influx of foreign players on rosters this year.

tennisperson said...

Heiser was having trouble keeping his grades up. I saw him giving a privates this summer in Chicago.

TennisStringman said...

Previous Asst Coach Brett Masi is now head coach at Univ of San Diego.

rebelfan said...

Did you see the roster for Florida...pretty weak, they'll be lucky to crack top 20. Burkhardt broke his foot this summer and Bennetau had some surgery to his stomach. Can't believe that Dadamo and Hochwalt couldn't be replaced with some big hitters.

I saw Tyler a lot last month in Futures, he's still be recruited and getting back in form after sitting out all season. Maybe he'll show up somewhere in January.

wi tennis said...

Dadamo is an Aggie!?!? Wow.

Illini said...

Chin did transfer; Kalmanovich is playing the circuit; Roelofse left the country; Heiser left college tennis. None of it had anything to do with Husack leaving. And Amer Delic has been taking prize money for years so he can't play ncaa tennis again.

Stephen said...

I think the Delic comment was a joke. Plus, you only have five years to complete your four seasons of eligibility once you enroll in school, so the prize money is a moot point anyway.

You would think that with DeHeart, Anderson, and now Delic around Champaign recruits would be lining up to have that level of possible hitting partners. Hopefully, Dancer can get some enrolled in January.

Jim wright said...

Non response on Julia Cohen? She is on the roster but not in the ITA rankings.

An the Duke women only have 5 listed? I hope the one semester player was worth it!