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Thursday, February 18, 2010

ITA Men's Indoor Recap; New NCAA Regulations; New Campbell ITA Rankings; All-Indoor Teams Announced

My weekly column for the Tennis Recruiting Network is a look back at last weekend's ITA Men's Indoor Tournament. And while I was covering that tournament last Friday, the Tennis Recruiting Network featured an important article from Dede Allen about two new NCAA regulations. Student-athletes were allowed a year off between high school graduation and college, but the new regulation has reduced that to six months for the high school graduation class of 2011.

Also changed was the rule prohibiting potential student-athletes from competing on professional teams. This regulation, which takes effect this coming August, allows such competition as long as the amateur athlete accepts only actual and necessary expenses. It will mean that next summer, World Team Tennis should be able to draft amateurs to individual teams. Last year, you may recall, the USTA had to have an entire WTT team of amateurs in order to comply with the NCAA rule.

The new rankings were announced today, with the ITA Team Indoor Champions taking over the top spots and the finalists moving up to No. 2. Northwestern is now No. 1 in the women's rankings, followed by North Carolina, Cal, UCLA and Baylor. Duke, formerly No. 1, has dropped to 6. Virginia tops the men's rankings, with Tennessee, Ohio State and Texas. Former No. 1 USC dropped to No. 5.

The second individual rankings of 2010 were released, with Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech and Jana Juricova of Cal retaining the top two women's spots. The top-ranked doubles team also stayed the same--Tennessee's Caitlin Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota.

In the men's individual rankings, Steve Johnson of USC and JP Smith of Tennessee continue to be 1 and 2, but there was a change in the men's doubles, with Alexander Stamchev and Tim Puetz of Auburn bumping Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher of Stanford from the top spot.

For complete rankings, see the ITA ranking page.

The all-tournament teams for the Indoor championships were named today. Maria Mosolova of Northwestern was named Most Outstanding Player. The other members of the women's all-tournament team:

No. 1 – Maria Mosolova, Northwestern
No. 2 – Allie Will, Florida
No. 3 – Mari Andersson, California
Elizabeth Potkin, Duke
No. 4 – Lauren Lui, Northwestern
No. 5 – Sophie Grabinski, North Carolina
No. 6 – Cristala Andrews, USC

No. 1 – Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova, California
No. 2 – Katrina Tsang/Shinann Featherston, North Carolina
No. 3 – Samantha Murray/Kate Turvy, Northwestern

Michael Shabaz of Virginia was named the men's Most Outstanding Player. The other members of the men's all-tournament team:

No. 1 – Michael Shabaz, Virginia
No. 2 – Sanam Singh, Virginia
No. 3 – Rhyne Williams, Tennessee
No. 4 – Drew Courtney, Virginia
No. 5 – Houston Barrick, Virginia
No. 6 – Nassam Slilam, Florida

No. 1 – Davey Sandgren/J.P. Smith, Tennessee
No. 2 – Boris Conkic/Rhyne Williams, Tennessee
No. 3 – Jean Andersen/Daniel Whitehead, Texas