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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pac-12 Names Johnson, Fendick-McCain Players of the Century; Cal Women Remain No. 1 in New Rankings, Virginia Men Return to Top Spot

I see announcements constantly on conference players of the week, but Player of the Century is several magnitudes (5200?) greater in impact.  The Pac-12 is celebrating 100 years of champions by naming all-Century teams for its sports, and those selected by panelists (I was a voter) for the tennis honor were revealed Monday night on the Pac-12 Network.

Below are the teams, including the selections for Player of the Century, Doubles Team of the Century and Coach of the Century.

The Pac-12 Women's Tennis All-Century Team
Patty Fendick-McCain, Stanford 1984-87
Nicole Gibbs, Stanford 2011-13
Amber Liu, Stanford 2003-06
Laura Granville, Stanford 2000-01 
Sandra Birch, Stanford 1998-01
Barbara Hallquist DeGroot, USC 1976-79
Kathy Jordan, Stanford 1978-79
Jana Juricova, California 2009-12
Linda Gates, Stanford 1982-85
Robin Anderson, UCLA 2012-15
Amy Jensen. California 1996-00 
Keri Phebus, UCLA 1993-96

Pac-12 Women's Doubles Team of the Centuy
Amanda Augustus/Amy Jensen, California

Pac-12 Women's Tennis Coach of the Century
Frank Brennan, Stanford 


Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Century
Patty Fendick-McCain, Stanford 1984-87 

The Pac-12 Men's Tennis All-Century Team
John McEnroe, Stanford 1978
Jimmy Connors, UCLA 1971
Arthur Ashe, UCLA 1963-65 
Steve Johnson, USC 2009-12 
Stan Smith, USC 1966-68
Dennis Ralston, USC 1962-64
Bob Bryan, Stanford 1997-98 
Rafael Osuna, USC 1961-63
Alex Olmedo, USC 1956-58
Alex O'Brien, Stanford 1989-92
Bob Lutz, USC 1967-69 
Alex Mayer, Stanford 1971-73

Pac-12 Men's Doubles Team of the Century
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan, Stanford

Pac-12 Men's Tennis Coach of the Century
Dick Gould, Stanford 1966-2004 


Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Century
Steve Johnson, USC 2009-12

Obviously, I could assess the players I saw and covered better than the many great collegiate players that came before I began following college tennis, so I'm in no position to argue against any of the undeniably worthy players selected. I'll just say that I valued longevity more than later pro success, and the numbers of championships won, both team and individual, also helped me in assessing the scores of players who were nominated by their schools for these honors.  More on the accomplishments of the players and doubles teams of the century can be found at the Pac-12 website.

The latest ITA Oracle Division I rankings, both team and individual, came out today, with the Virginia men moving back to No. 1 after UNC's loss to Notre Dame, and the Cal women staying there after continuing their undefeated season.  There was also no change in the No. 1 singles players, with Hayley Carter of North Carolina and Dominik Koepfer of Tulane remaining No. 1, although Koepfer did suffer his first loss of the year to South Florida's Roberto Cid last week. Complete ranking lists can be found by clicking on the links in the heading below.

Team
MEN:
April 12                                               April 5
1
    Virginia
                          3
2
    TCU
                          2
3
    Ohio State
                          5
4
    UCLA
                          4
5
    North Carolina    
                          1
6
    Georgia 
                          7
7
    Wake Forest
                          6
8
    Oklahoma
                          9
9
    Southern California
                          8
10
    Texas Tech
                         11


WOMEN:
April 12                                         April 5
1
    Cal
                          1
2
    North Carolina
                          2
3
    Georgia
                          4
4
    Florida
                          6
5
    Ohio State
                          3
6
    Vanderbilt
                          5
7
    Miami
                          7
8
    Duke
                          9
9
    Michigan
                         11
10    Pepperdine                          9 



Singles
Women (previous ranking):
1. Hayley Carter, North Carolina (1)
2. Danielle Collins, Virginia (3)
3. Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State (4)
4. Ellen Perez, Georgia (6)
5. Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine  (2)
6. Stephanie Wagner, Miami (5)
7. Brooke Austin, Florida (8)
8. Sinead Lohan, Miami (7)
9. Belinda Woolcock, Florida (9)
10. Maegan Manasse, California (10)

Men (previous ranking):
1. Dominik Koepfer, Tulane (1)
2. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (2)
3. Roberto Cid, South Florida (5)
4. Aleks Vukic, Illinois (4)
5. Cameron Norrie, TCU (3)
6. Thai Kwiatkowski, Virginia (6)
7. Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech (12)
8. Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA (9)
9. Ryan Shane, Virginia (7)
10. Tom Fawcett, Stanford (8)

Doubles
Women:
1. Whitney Kay and Hayley Carter, North Carolina
2. Aldila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi, Kentucky
3. Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr, Cal
4. Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle, Stanford
5. Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan, Florida

Men:
1. Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo, Florida
2. Brett Clark and Robert Kelly, North Carolina
3. Luca Corinteli and Ryan Shane, Virginia
4. Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki, UCLA
5. Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash, Oklahoma State

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