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Friday, November 22, 2013

Papa Signs with Tulsa, Kerznerman with Alabama, Plus More NLI Signings; Zmak, Schmaus Top NAIA Fall Rankings

Daniel Kerzerman and Spencer Papa in Tulsa's ITF B1

Spencer Papa and Daniel Kerznerman, both of whom trained with the USTA, have signed National Letters of Intent to Tulsa and Alabama respectively. As recently as the Pan American Closed in October, neither had made a decision, so the suspense had built as signing week approached.

Below are the most recent official school signing announcements, and despite the fact that Signing Week ended on Wednesday, there will be more. The Tennis Recruiting Network is also a source for finding out who has chosen which school, and because the Ivy League does not offer scholarships or make announcements, it is certainly the best place to go for those commitments. Nearly every commitment announcement from the school will contain a reference to the recruit's TRNet ranking.

Alabama: Sam Edwards, Daniel Kerznerman, Korey Lovett
Duke: Nicolas Alvarez, Martin Redlicki
Illinois: Toshiki Matsuya
LSU: William Adkisson, Simon Freund
Miami: Christian Langmo, Piotr Lomacki, Alexander Fahnehjelm
Michigan State: Jasper Koenen, Michael Dube
Ole Miss: Gustav Hansson
Texas Tech: Connor Curry
Tulsa: Spencer Papa

Denver: Julia O'Loughlin, Gracia Mboko
Illinois: Grace Tapak
Kansas: Caroline Henderson, Smith Hinton, Summer Collins, Rachel McNeely
Michigan State: Alexandra Baer, Lexi Baylis
UNC-Charlotte: Fleur Holtkamp, Megan Smith
Notre Dame: Brooke Broda, Allison Miller
Ohio State: Anna Sanford

The ITA released its NAIA individual fall rankings today, with Embry-Riddle's Deni Zmak and Theresa Schmaus of Savannah College of Art and Design at the top.  There's no controversy in NAIA rankings, with both Zmak and Schmaus winners of the National Championships in October. Zmak went on to win the small college Super Bowl and competed at the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships earlier this month in New York.  The complete release from the ITA can be found here.  The full rankings are available here.