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Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Krueger Profile; Domijan Receives Wild Card into USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, A-A Champ Will Is Not Playing

My weekly article for the Tennis Recruiting Network is a profile of Mitchell Krueger, one of the most sought-after recruits in the nation. I have been covering Krueger since he won the Eddie Herr in 2006 (beating Liam Broady in the final, with Laura Robson taking the girls 12s title that year), and I've enjoy seeing him, and his game, grow over the years. I appreciated his candor in our interview in Tulsa, and I hope this profile provides a glimpse into the life of a world class junior who knows he is facing an important decision.



The ITA released the list of participants for the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which start next Thursday, and there were definitely some surprises. Neither Riviera All-American champion Allie Will of Florida nor finalist Jacqueline Cako of Arizona State are in the field, while Alex Domijan of Virgina, the preseason No. 1 ranked player, received the USTA's wild card, although he hasn't played a match this fall.

With Domijan receiving the USTA wild card, and Jose Hernandez of North Carolina and Sebastian Fanselow of Pepperdine receiving the two ITA wild cards, all of the Top 10 in the men's preseason rankings are represented. Kyle McMorrow of Washington, at preseason No. 22, appears to be the final at-large selection. If a player did not reach the quarterfinals of the regionals, he or she is not eligible for an at-large berth.

That rule kept preseason No. 6 Zoe De Bruycker of North Carolina and No. 8 Josipa Bek of Clemson from a spot in the draw. For some reason, the ITA wild card went to Emily Fraser of Virginia instead of one of those two. Without Will, Florida still has Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather in singles, with Natalie Pluskota of Tennessee, whose preseason ranking is 29, the last to receive an at-large bid.

Zoe Scandalis, the USC freshman who lost to teammate Sabrina Santamaria in the regional final, received the USTA wild card.

The host school Columbia receives a wild card in both singles and doubles for men and women. The wild cards went to Haig Schneiderman and Bianca Sanon in singles. The doubles wild cards went to Nathaniel Gery and Winston Lin, and Nicole Bartnik and Crystal Leung.

For next week's schedule, see Columbia's tournament page, which will also be the source for live scoring. I encourage anyone living in the New York metropolitan area to come out to the tournament. The facility is beautiful, with great viewing, and you will see some fantastic tennis for free. For more information, see the ITA's tournament page.

Below is the full list of participants:

MEN'S SINGLES:

Remi Boutillier
Fresno State University
ITA All-American Quarterfinalist

Chase Buchanan
Ohio State University
At-Large Selection

Henrique Cunha
Duke University
At-Large Selection

Alex Domijan
University of Virginia
USTA Wild Card

Gonzalo Escobar
Texas Tech University
USTA/ITA Texas Regional Champion

Sebastian Fanselow
Pepperdine University
ITA Wild Card

Mitchell Frank
University of Virginia
ITA All-American Champion

Jose Hernandez
University of North Carolina
ITA Wild Card

Damian Hume
Boise State University
USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Champion

Jarmere Jenkins
University of Virginia
At-Large Selection

Lucas Jovita
Rollins College
USTA/ITA Super Bowl Champion

Roy Kalmanovich
University of Illinois
ITA All-American Quarterfinalist

Evan King
University of Michigan
At-Large Selection

Kevin King
Georgia Tech University
USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Champion

Alexis Klegou
Texas A&M University
ITA All-American Quarterfinalist

Kyle McMorrow
University of Washington
At-Large Selection

Chris Mengel
Duke University
USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Champion

Andreas Mies
Auburn University
USTA/ITA Southern Regional Champion

Tsvetan Mihov
University of Oklahoma
USTA/ITA Central Regional Champion

Vasko Mladenov
St. John's University
USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Champion

Alex Musialek
University of Kentucky
USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Champion

Dennis Nevolo
University of Illinois
ITA All-American Quarterfinalist

Daniel Nguyen
University of Southern California
ITA All-American Semifinalist

Costin Paval
University of Oklahoma
ITA All-American Semifinalist

Eric Quigley
University of Kentucky
ITA All-American Consolation Champion

Blaz Rola
Ohio State University
USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Champion

Ray Sarmiento
University of Southern California
USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Champion

Haig Schneiderman
Columbia University
Host Wild Card

Wil Spencer
University of Georgia
ITA All-American Runner-up

Finn Tearney
Pepperdine University
At-Large Selection

Ryan Thacher
Stanford University
USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Champion

Jamie Whiteford
College of William & Mary
USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Champion


MEN'S DOUBLES:


Phil Anderson/Jadon Phillips
University of New Mexico
At-Large Selections

Nick Andrews/Christoffer Konigsfeldt
University of California
ITA All-American Consolation Champions

Christopher Aumueller/Benedikt Lindheim
University of Nebraska
At-Large Selections

Johan Backstrom/Jonas Lutjen
University of Mississippi
USTA/ITA Southern Regional Champions

Nikola Bubnic/Thibaut Visy
University of San Diego
USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Champions

Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola
Ohio State University
ITA All-American Champions

Chris Camillone/David Holiner
University of Texas
USTA/ITA Texas Regional Champions

Louis Cant/Malte Stropp
Mississippi State University
At-Large Selections

Marius Cirstea/Andrew Dobbs
University of Idaho
USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Champions

John Collins/Maros Horny
University of Maryland
USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Champions

Drew Courtney/Jarmere Jenkins
University of Virginia
USTA Wild Cards

Carlos Cueto/Ben McLachlan
University of California
USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Champions

Henrique Cunha/Chris Mengel
Duke University
USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Champions

Billy Federhofer/Nassim Slilam
University of Florida
USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Champions

Nathaniel Gery/Winston Lin
Columbia University
Host Wild Cards

Christian Hansen/Luis Loeffler
Valdosta State University
USTA/ITA Super Bowl Champions

Kevin King/Juan Spir
Georgia Tech University
ITA All-American Runners-up

Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese
University of Tennessee
USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Champions

Clifford Marsland/Ashley Watling
University of Tulsa
USTA/ITA Central Regional Champions

Matt Siow/Matt Spindler
Princeton University
USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Champions

WOMEN'S SINGLES:

Robin Anderson
University of California, Los Angeles
Riviera/ITA All-American Semifinalist

Anna Bartenstein
University of Miami
At-Large Selection

Nicole Bartnik
Columbia University
USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Champion

Emina Bektas
University of Michigan
USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Champion

Kristi Boxx
University of Mississippi
USTA/ITA Southern Regional Champion

Mallory Burdette
Stanford University
Riviera/ITA All-American Consolation Champion

Beatrice Capra
Duke University
Riviera/ITA All-American Quarterfinalist

Denise Dy
University of Washington
At-Large Selection

Aeriel Ellis
University of Texas
At-Large Selection

Lauren Embree
University of Florida
At-Large Selection

Emily Fraser
University of Virginia
ITA Wild Card

Kristy Frilling
University of Notre Dame
At-Large Selection

Nicole Gibbs
Stanford University
USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Champion

Chelsey Gullickson
University of Georgia
USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Champion

Aleksandra Josifoska
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Champion

Jana Juricova
University of California
Riviera/ITA All-American Quarterfinalist

Danielle Lao
University of Southern California
At-Large Selection

Marta Lesniak
Southern Methodist University
Riviera/ITA All-American Quarterfinalist

Mary Anne Macfarlane
University of Alabama
Riviera/ITA All-American Quarterfinalist

Joanna Mather
University of Florida
At-Large Selection

Lauren McHale
University of North Carolina
USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Champion

Diana Nakic
Baylor University
USTA/ITA Texas Regional Champion

Petra Niedermeyerova
Kansas State University
Riviera/ITA All-American Semifinalist

Natalie Pluskota
University of Tennessee
At-Large Selection

Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar
Texas A&M University
At-Large Selection

Bianca Sanon
Columbia University
Host Wild Card

Sabrina Santamaria
University of Southern California
USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Champion

Zoe Scandalis
University of Southern California
USTA Wild Card

Cristina Stancu
University of Maryland
USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Champion

Ana Veselinovic
Auburn University at Montgomery
USTA/ITA Super Bowl Champion

Sam Vickers
University of Tulsa
USTA/ITA Central Regional Champion

Jackie Wu
Vanderbilt University
USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Champion

WOMEN'S DOUBLES:

Robin Anderson/Skylar Morton
University of California, Los Angeles
USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Champions

Nicole Bartnik/Crystal Leung
Columbia University
Host Wild Cards

Josipa Bek/Keri Wong
Clemson University
USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Champions

Ana Belzunce/Welma Luus
University of Maryland
USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Champions

Mallory Burdette/Nicole Gibbs
Stanford University
Riviera/ITA All-American Champions

Beatrice Capra/Ester Goldfeld
Duke University
USTA Wild Cards

Kerrie Cartwright/Audrey Leitz
Tyler Junior College
USTA/ITA Super Bowl Champions

Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria
University of Southern California
At-Large Selections

Kayla Duncan/Kathryn Talbert
Wake Forest University
At-Large Selections

Lauren Embree/Joanna Mather
University of Florida
Riviera/ITA All-American Consolation Champions

Kristy Frilling/Shannon Mathews
University of Notre Dame
USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Champions

Alexa Guarachi/Mary Anne Macfarlane
University of Alabama
USTA/ITA Southern Regional Champions

Chelsey Gullickson/Lilly Kimbell
University of Georgia
USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Champions

Marie-Pier Huet/Whitney Ritchie
University of Oklahoma
USTA/ITA Central Regional Champions

Alex Kelleher/Olga Khmylev
Boston College
USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Champions

Nida Hamilton/Linda Abu Mushrefova
Northwestern University
At-Large Selections

Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith
Texas Christian University
USTA/ITA Texas Regional Champions

Natalie Pluskota/Kata Szekely
University of Tennessee
USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Champions

Veronica Popovici/Simona Synkova
University of Wyoming
USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Champions

Stacey Tan/Ellen Tsay
Stanford University
USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Champions

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