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Saturday, November 13, 2010

ITA Women's Collegiate Hall of Fame Induction; Christian Harrison Back Competing; NLI Signing Update

The ITA Women's Collegiate Hall of Fame is having its induction ceremony tonight at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This year there are six inductees, led by JoAnne Russell, the Wimbledon doubles champion who starred at Trinity University and later was the assistant women's coach at the University of Illinois. Joining Russell in this year's class are five others with distinguished collegiate careers: Courtney Allen, Dave Borelli, Ed Hegemann, Barbara Hallquist DeGroot and Carrie Meyer Richardson. Interesting that there are now men in the Women's Hall of Fame, but no women in the Men's Hall of Fame, certainly because there are so few women who coach men's teams. For more on each of the inductees, see the ITA website.

It's great to see Christian Harrison's name in a draw again after 18 months out of competition due to a bone infection and surgery. If you saw my tweet this morning, you know he played Georgia's Javier Garrapiz today in the second round of the Amelia Island Futures qualifying. Garrapiz won 6-3, 6-3, but Harrison had to be pleased not just to get a win in the first round, but to simply be healthy enough to compete again. Eighteen months must seem like and eternity to a 16-year-old. I hope I'll get an opportunity to see him play at the Eddie Herr or Orange Bowl. For the qualifying draws for Amelia Island, see the ATP site.

Lots of National Letter of Intent signing announcements have been released in the past two days. You can access them by clicking on the school's name below.

Mary Jeremiah Oklahoma State
Ace Matias Utah
Ricky Baylon San Diego State
Molly O'Koniewski Virginia
Lauren Herring Georgia
Jason Tahir Duke
Eli Brown and Alex Petrone Michigan
Nicole Long Oklahoma
Emmett Egger Washington