Friday, May 22, 2020

Porter Named to Lead Men's Program at Brigham Young; Division I Signings, Transfers, Fifth Year Seniors; ITA Announces NAIA, Junior College Regional Awards

Division I coaching changes have been few during the pandemic, but the BYU men now have a new coach, with Dave Porter of Division II Brigham Young-Hawaii taking over for Brad Pearce, who resigned back in February after 16 seasons at BYU. Porter has also been named Director of Tennis at the university.

In other men's Division I tennis news:

LSU has signed Portugal's Joao Graca for this fall.

Senior Mitch Harper is returning to Virginia Tech for a fifth season in 2020-21.

Senior Connor Johnston is returning to Michigan for a fifth season in 2020-21.

USC senior Riley Smith has not decided if he will return to the Trojans for a fifth year, according to this usta.com article.

For several other notable verbal commitments and transfers, see Parsa Nemati's twitter feed @ParsaBombs, which includes this one for Jeffrey von der Schulenburg, who was one of the prize international recruits of 2019.

Here are the updates for women's Division I, a couple of which I should have found earlier, but somehow missed. Click these dates for my previous Division I roundups for April 20, May 7 and May 13.

Lexi Dewire, Katie Weber and Australia's Ameliija Swaffer-Selff will join Dartmouth this fall.

Kansas has signed Maria Titova of Russia for this fall.

Ole Miss announced the transfer of Norway's Lillian Gabrielsen who played two years at Loyola Marymount. Elysia Pool of the Netherlands, Reka Zadori of Hungary and Eesha Gudiseva of Memphis TN have signed for this fall.
Georgia Drummy is transferring to Duke after two years at Vanderbilt.

Anastasia Goncharova is transferring to Utah after two years at UC-Santa Barbara.

North Carolina State seniors Adriana Reami and Anna Rogers will return for a fifth season in 2020-21.

Kentucky seniors Lesedi Jacobs, Akvile Paražinskaite and Diana Tkachenko will return for a fifth season in 2020-21.

Senior Chiara Lommer will return for a fifth year at Michigan.

For more on the return of NCAA singles champion Estela Perez-Somarriba of Miami, announced last month, see this ESPN article.

The ITA announced its Regional Awards for NAIA and Junior College in the past two days.

The men's NAIA regional winners are here; the women's NAIA regional winners are here.

The men's junior college regional winners are here; the women's junior college regional winners are here.

The ITA will have virtual award ceremonies for its national awards, beginning on Monday with Division I. Below is next week's schedule:


Mr. Fernandez said...

Talk about extremes is degrees of caution. No USTA tennis tournaments either junior or adult until at least July or August at the earliest.

Yet there is a 70 team youth baseball tournament going on in Florida this weekend. 1500 players and spectators will attend in total. Where were those teams practicing this entire time?

From one extreme to the complete other as far as the approach to the return of a sport.