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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ITA All-Star Team Announced; College Signings; Top Seed Olivieri Out at Berlin Grade 1; Qualifying Complete at Sumter $25K; New Balance High School Tournament Registration

The ITA announced its 2016 All-Star team today, which includes its Players of the Year. NCAA champions Danielle Collins of Virginia and Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA received those awards, with the members of the team as follows:

Division I:
Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA
Dominik Koepfer, Tulane
Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State
Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki, UCLA
Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares, Texas Tech
Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow, Texas A&M

Danielle Collins, Virginia
Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State
Hayley Carter, North Carolina
Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan, Florida
Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay, North Carolina
Adila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi, Kentucky

Division II:
Thibaud Berland, Hawaii Pacific
Alberto Barroso-Campos and Alex Theiler, Saint Leo
Dallas Zhang, BYU-Hawaii
Dallas Zhang and Summer Wen, BYU-Hawaii

Division III:
Skyler Butts, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Sam Geier and Tristan Kaye, Kenyon
Eudice Chong, Wesleyan
Juli Raventos and Linda Shin, Williams

Kevin Konfederak, Georgia Gwinnett
Jordan Cox and Kevin Konfederak, Georgia Gwinnett
Valeria Podda, Georgia Gwinnett
Valeria Podda and Sophie Feller, Georgia Gwinnett

Guy Iradukunda, Seminole State College
Ismael Mzai and Guy Iradukunda, Seminole State College
Gabrielle Andrews, Tyler Junior College
Macarena Olivares and Megane Blanco, ASA Miami

These players, along with the Arthur Ashe National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners, will be honored in New York August 25-27 as part of the Oracle/ITA Arthur Ashe All-Star Weekend prior to the start of the US Open.  The ITA release with details on each player's accomplishments can be found here.

The Division I signings for 2016 are continuing at a steady pace.

Daniel Bennett of Great Britain has signed with Louisville.
Alexis Galarneau of Canada has signed with North Carolina State.

Gerardo Penchyna and Eric Rutledge, a transfer from Wake Forest, have signed with Rice.

The big news today in women's Division I tennis is that blue chip Makenna Jones, who signed an NLI to attend Alabama last fall, will instead be playing for North Carolina.

Juliane Triebe of Germany and Georgia Lawson of Great Britain have signed with Fresno State.

Luca Fabian of Hungary has signed with Georgia Tech.

Priya Niezgoda and Wendy Zhang, a transfer from Miami, have signed with Rice.

Rosie Cheng of New Zealand, Charlotte Madson and Natalia Perry have signed with William and Mary.

Madison Battaglia and Opala Dhingra are the newest members of the Yale team.

In college coaching news, James Wilson, the men's assistant at Texas Tech, is the new head coach at Utah State, replacing Clancy Shields, now at Arizona.

In the first round at the ITF Grade 1 in Berlin, top seed Genaro Olivieri of Argentina was beaten by Joao Reis da Silva of Brazil 7-5, 7-5.  Eight of the 11 US juniors in the draw advanced to the second round: Alafia Ayeni, Alexandre Rotsaert (11), Brian Cernoch, Kyrylo Tsygura, Trent Bryde(7), Victoria Emma, Ashley Lahey and Chiara Lommer.

Qualifying is complete at the $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit event in Sumter South Carolina, with Georgia Tech's Johnnise Renaud, Caitlin Whoriskey(Tennessee), Usue Arconada, Guiliana Olmos(USC), Jaeda Daniel, Luisa Stefani(Pepperdine), Nicole Mossmer and Valeria Solovyeva earning places in the main draw. Wild cards went to UNC's Hayley Carter (who lost today), Clemson's Ayan Broomfield of Canada(who won today), Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo and Caroline Dolehide (both of whom play on Wednesday).  Arina Rodionova of Australia is the top seed.

The third annual New Balance High School Tennis Championships are next month in Cambridge Massachusetts, with registration open until June 26th.  Players who have competed for their high school in 2015-2016 are eligible to enter.  Click on the advertisement to the left to find out more.