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Thursday, June 9, 2016

All-American Selections Announced; D-I Kickoff Weekend Drafts Complete; Lahey Reaches G1 Quarterfinal in Germany; Osuigwe, Desiatnikov Among Six Teens in Bethany Beach Quarterfinals

The ITA released the official list of All-Americans for all divisions today. The criteria for the five divisions (I, II, III, NAIA, JUCO) varies, but a Top 20 final singles ranking suffices for all but JUCO.  The complete lists can be found by clicking on the links below:

Division I
Division II
Division III

The drafts for next January's Kickoff Weekend, the regionals for the ITA Team Indoor Championships, were yesterday and today.  The 15 winners at the men's regional sites will travel to Charlottesville, Virginia for the event, February 17-20, 2017. All the Top 16 teams (Virginia, as host, gets a bye) are participating. Wake Forest was the regional filling up last, with the implication that they are projected to be a top team next year.  Bobby Knight has the order of draft selection up at College Tennis Today.

The women's draft, held today, will send the 15 winners from the regional sites to Yale, February 10-13, 2017.  Stanford rarely plays and is not in the field again this year, but Florida and USC, who did not participate last year, are in this year, with Florida hosting and USC going to Auburn.  Cal's regional was the last to fill up.

It was reported yesterday that TCU head coach David Roditi, who played Davis Cup for Mexico, has been named Davis Cup captain for Mexico's upcoming World Group II tie with Peru next month.

The ITF Grade 1 in Offenbach Germany, is done to the quarterfinals, with qualifier Ashley Lahey the lone US player remaining in the singles draw. Lahey, who has committed to Pepperdine, defeated No. 5 seed and 16s Orange Bowl champion Marie Carle of Argentina 6-4, 6-2 today.  French Open girls champion Rebeka Masarova of Switzerland, the top seed, has also advanced to the quarterfinals.  Brian Cernoch and Alafia Ayeni reached the semifinals of the boys doubles via a walkover today.

The quarterfinals are set for the $10,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Bethany Beach Delaware, with six teens among those advancing.  Fourteen-year-old Whitney Osuigwe backed up her win over top seed Gabriela Ce of Brazil yesterday with another quality win today, beating Vanderbilt's Astra Sharma of Australia 6-2, 7-5.  She will face fellow qualifier Abigail Desiatnikov, 15, who reached her second straight quarterfinal with a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 6 seed Lauren Herring. Ingrid Neel, 17, defeated lucky loser Maureen Drake of Canada 6-3, 7-5 and will face veteran qualifier Lindsay Lee-Waters in the quarterfinals.  Lucky loser Christina Rosca, 17, will play veteran Alexandra Mueller, while 17-year-old Ashley Kratzer and No. 4 seed Sophie Chang, 19, will face off in the other quarterfinal.

At the men's $25,000 Futures in Charlottesville Virginia, five of the remaining eight are current or former collegiate players: UVA rising senior Thai Kwiatkowski, recent UVA graduate Mac Styslinger (who advanced when Philip Bester of Canada was defaulted for hitting a ball that hit a line judge), Dennis Nevolo(Illinois), No. 5 seed Eric Quigley(Kentucky), and No. 4 seed Tennys Sandgren(Tennessee).

Tommy Paul has reached the quarterfinals at the ATP Challenger in Lyon France and Frances Tiafoe has reached the quarterfinals of the ATP Challenger in Surbiton England. Tiafoe will play Bjorn Fratangelo Friday for a place in the semifinals.  Stefan Kozlov faces Sam Querrey in the ATP 250 quarterfinals in S'hertogenbosch Netherlands Friday. Taylor Fritz challenged top seed Roger Federer today in the second round of Stuttgart, but Federer claimed a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 victory. For more on that match, see the ATP website.