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Thursday, November 17, 2011

USTA Names Top Collegians to Represent US at Master'U Next Month; Women's NLI Signing Update


The USTA announced the six men and women who will be representing the United States in the Master'U BNP Paribas international collegiate team competition next month in France.

Lauren Embree of Florida, Beatrice Capra of Duke, Jacqueline Cako of Arizona State, Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia, Wil Spencer of Georgia and Daniel Nguyen of USC will travel to Rouen with coaches Greg Patton of Boise State and Mark Guilbeau of Virginia for the four days of competition beginning December 8th. The US is one of eight countries vying for the title, which they won in 2009. France beat the US in the final last year. For the complete release, see usta.com.

There have been a large number of early signing releases in the past two days, and because I haven't yet linked to any for women, I'll concentrate on them today. Most have signed NLI's, which means they will start in the fall of 2012, but a few are announcing grant-in-aids, which allow players to start in January of 2012.

Oklahoma: Emma Devine, Zita Engbroks and Abbi Melrose

Arkansas: Ana Lorena Belmar (Don't miss reading about her great tennis pedigree)

Illinois: Audrey O'Connor

Michigan: Ronit Yurovsky

Texas A&M: Anna Mamalat

UCLA: Kyle McPhillips and Chanelle VanNguyen

USC: Ellie Yates

Washington: Ellianne Douglas-Miron

Arizona State: Desirae Krawczyk and Stephanie Vlad

Alabama: Natalia Maynetto

Virginia: Maci Epstein and Julia Elbaba

Georgia Tech: Megan Kurey, Kendal Woodard and Natasha Prokhnevska (note: Catherine Harrison will be signing with Georgia Tech in the spring)

Wake Forest: Kasey Gardiner