Campus Notes
December 2001

Aleksandra Durksa
Aleksandra Durksa

Lena Sherbakov
Romain Ambert
Romain Ambert

Jennifer McGaffigan

Sean Kelleher

Ansley Cargill

Marco Baron

Lester Cook

Coach Colin Robertson

Matias Boeker

Brian Vahaly

Laura Granville

Marissa Irvin

Lauren Kalvaria

Whitney Laiho

Jessica Lehnoff

Tres Davis

Shuon Madden

Stephanie Hazlett

Julia Scaringe

Eva Marcial

Lindsay Dawaf

Ramsey Smith

Adria Engel

KJ Hippensteel

Alex Kim

Kathy Sell

Andres Pedroso

Sam Warburg

Erin Burdette

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Freshman Katie Ruckert of Texas defeated teammate Kaysie Smashey, 6-0,6-2, to win the singles title at the Arizona State Thunderbird Fall Invitational. Katie also teamed with Rebekah Forney to win the doubles over Agnieskzka Abram and Pauline Jamus of UNLV, 8-3.

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Tulsa's Shri Sudhakara and Aleksandra Durksa were both named Western Athletic Conference Tennis Players of the Month for October. Shri was the Omni Region V singles champion in addition to having an undefeated month in doubles with partner Dane McGregor. Aleksandra was also an Omni Regionals winner and posted a number of impressive wins at the Riviera All-American Championships.

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Whitney Wells, a former top player at San Diego State, has been hired as an assistant women's coach at Fresno State.

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At the Big Ten Singles Championships of Michael Calkins topped Jamal Parker, also of Illinois, 6-4,6-4, for the singles crown.

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November 2001
University of Tulsa freshman Johanna Zingman was named Western Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Month. Joanna had an impressive showing at the Hurricane Invitational, her first collegiate tennis event.

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The University of Louisville Men's Tennis Fall Invitational produced the following winners in the finals:
Flight A
Singles-Rahim Esmail, Kentucky; Doubles-Scott Brown/Lewis Smith, Vanderbilt
Flight B
Singles-Matt Laramore, Ball St; Doubles-Brent McCombe/Sebastian Aspillaga, Louisville
Flight C
Singles-Lucas Tregansin, UT-Martin; Doubles-Chad Camper/Jim Grombacker, Wright St

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Nicolas Boeker of Georgia won the singles title at the Georgia Tech Fall Classic with a 7-5,7-6(5) win over Renato Silveira. Stig Stroem won the "B" singles event.

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William & Mary freshman Lena Sherbakov defeated Penn State's Rebecca Ho, 6-4,6-3 to win the Penn State Women's Fall Invitational.

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At the ITA Small College Championships, the James O'Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award was presented to Gustavus Adolphus' Kevin Whipple and Leslie Stewart from Tyler Junior College. The award is given at the championships each year in memory of Jim Sargent, Media Manager for Rolex Watch. Sargent, who was killed in a car accident last September, was a former ITA All-American.

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Host Tulane took the majority of the titles at their Men's Invitational. Victor Romero won the Flight "A" singles and (pairing with Michael Kogan) doubles while Mattias Westerbger and Goran Vasiljevic were Flight "B" doubles winners. LSU's Bryan Fisher was the singles winner in Flight "B."

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There will be a reunion of former players at the University of South Carolina the weekend of April 19-21, 2002. For more information, visit their website at Jag Tennis Reunion.

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The college tennis community is mourning the loss of Hall of Fame Coach Jim Verdieck. Coach Verdieck was with the University of Redlands from 1946-84. Under his guidance, the Redlands men's team won 15 national team championships.

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October 2001
University of Florida freshman Alexis Gordon took Flight B singles at the Women's Tennis Invitational in Indian Wells, California. Alexis defeated Tennessee's Crystal Cleveland in her first collegiate tournament.

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At the Baylor Intercollegiates, Reiner Neurohr and Markus Hornung used the homecourt advantage to take the doubles title over Texas' Jean Simon and Jose Zarhi, 8-5.

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Illinois men's coach Craig Tiley was honored by the USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association as the College Coach of the Year. Coach Tiley is in his ninth season at Illinois and has previously been named Coach of the Year by the Big Ten three times.

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The following players took home top honors at the William & Mary Ninth Annual Invitational:
Kavitha Krishnamurthy, Princeton-"William" Flight Singles
Katie Martzolf, Wake Forest-"Green" Flight Singles
Joelle Good, Marshall-"Gold" Flight Singles
Katharine Williams, Penn-"Tribe" Flight Singles
Janet Bergman/Bea Bielik, Wake Forest-Flight A Doubles
Debbie Larocque/Perrine Pernin, Arizona-Flight B Doubles

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University of Louisville's Joachim Lien swept the Kingsport Invitational after defeating Mississippi State's Jerome LeBelicard in the singles final, 7-6,6-7,7-6 and then teaming up with Paulo Carvalho to take the doubles over East Tennessee State's Roberto Fernandez and Pablo Sahagun, 9-8(5).

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Amanda Ballinger has been named assistant women's coach at Texas A&M. Ballinger is a fornmer Southeastern Conference singles champion who played for the University of Alabama.

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Wake Forest freshman Derrick Spice took the East Flight at the Southeastern Collegiate Invitational. In other tournament action, Virginia Tech's Saber Kadira was the West Flight winner; Nick Greenhouse of Auburn-Montgomery won the North Flight; and High Point's Robert Lindhe was the South Flight winner.

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The Southern Collegiate Championships were held a the University of Georgia, producing the following winners:
Division I
Singles-Romain Ambert, Mississippi State
Consolation-Cody Conley, Louisville
Doubles-Nichelescu/Westman, South Carolina
Division II
Singles-Simon Rea, Tennessee
Consolation-Wade Orr, Tennessee
Doubles-Maddox/Orr vs. Rea/Dietrich
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Division III
Singles-Romain Jurd, Florida State
Consolation-Alex Silverstein, Louisville
Doubles-Dailey/Tarkoff, Vanderbilt
Division IV
Singles-Trey Johnson, Florida
Consolation-Brandon Nicholson, LSU

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September 2001
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Two former collegiate tennis players were honored by Rolex and the ITA with 2001 Rolex Achievement Awards. Patricia (Beckford) Acheson, was captain of the Queens College women's team. She later went on to work for the U.S. Secret Service until her retirement in 1994. Gerald E. Rosen, who is now a Federal judge, played for Kalamazoo and continues his support of college tennis by providing an internship each year for college tennis players who plan to pursue a law career.

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Jennifer McGaffigan of Illinois and Wade Orr of Tennessee have been named the ITA Summer Circuit Players of the Year. Both players were singles winners at the ITA National Summer Championships. In addition to the awards, they both receive wildcards into the Men's and Women's All-American Championships in October.

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The ITA has announced two significant changes for the new college tennis season. First, an eight game set will be played in doubles for all ITA administered events. Until this season, doubles were still playing to two out of three in ITA Tournaments during the Fall. With the eight game set, a tie-breaker is played at 8-all.

The other change instituted by the ITA is an experiment with a new game scoring system at the Division I level in ITA regional and national tournaments this fall. The system, referred to as "Collegiate Game Scoring," allows for one deuce if the score goes to 40-40. The game is then won by reaching four points with at least a margin of two points -- 4-0,4-1,4-2 -- or a score of either 5-3 or 5-4.

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At the Tribe Invitational at William & Mary, the host team won 26 of 31 matches played. Sean Kelleher, Geoffrey Russell, Alex Fish and Zack Malmgren went undefeated in singles and doubles.

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Former Wake Forest Assistant Women's Coach Chad Skorupka was named the head women's tennis coach at Yale. In other coaching news, Jeremy Loomis, who served as Head Coach at the University of Maryland, is now the Assistant Women's Coach at Duke. The new coach at Maryland is now Minnesota's Martin Novak.

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August 2001
Marco Baron and Carolina Mayorga were named as the recipients of the 2001 Tennis Magazine/Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Baron, of Mississippi State, and Mayorga, of Kentucky, will receive their awards at the Rolex All-Star Team Ceremony this month.

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Former college players Don Johnson of North Carolina and Jared Palmer of Stanford captured this year's Wimbledon doubles crown. Johnson is currently a coach for the Tar Heels.

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Ansley Cargill has left Duke to turn professional. Cargill was named ITA National Freshman of the Year as well as All-American and a finalist for the Honda Award for National Player of the Year. She has won the singles title at the Riviera All-American Championships.

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Top-ranked junior -- both nationally and internationally -- Lester Cook will be joining the Texas A&M team in the January. Cook's older brother Jason played for Coach Cass while he was at New Mexico. Former WAC Player of the Year Tad Berkowitz will also be joining the A&M team as Assistant Coach.

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Andrew Metzler has transferred from to North Carolina for the Fall season. Metzler was playing for Kansas this past season before they dropped their tennis program.

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Beginning this month, the Tennis For American Youth website will feature live chats each night hosted by guest speakers. The tennis forum will answer questions and give advice on various topics for the college and junior players. Speakers include experts on USTA rules & programs trainers, psychologists, instructors, touring professionals and leading manufacturers of tennis gear. The chat will take place night from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm West Coast time at Tennis4America.com

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Katie Martzolf, recently recognized as one of Sports Illustrated's Faces In The Crowd, will be playing at Wake Forest next year.

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July 2001
Texas A&M announced the signing of two new recruits. Hunter Emmott, ranked as the No. 1 doubles and top five singles player in Texas, will join the men's team this Fall. Slovenia's Ante Matijevic will play for the women. Ante is currently ranked No. 30 in the world by the ITF.

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Colin Robertson has been named ITA NAIA Men's Coach of the Decade. Robertson has coached the Oklahoma Christian men to four straight NAIA Men's Championships.

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June 2001
NCAA Notes... Matias Boeker was the first Georgia NCAA singles champion since Mikael Pernfors won in 1985. Boeker is also the only Georgia player to win singles, doubles & team in the same year. The last player to do that was Bob Bryan, who won all three for Stanford in 1998... Brian Vahaly became the first Virginia player to reach the NCAA singles final. His quarterfinal play last year was previously the best of a Cavalier... Laura Granville of Stanford not only won the singles trophy for the second year in a row (over teammate Marissa Irvin), she came just one set away from being the first women to ever win the women's triple crown. Granville helped her team win before her singles championship and then teamed up with Laura Kalvaria for the doubles final, losing in a tough three-set match. In addition to their national recognition, Granville was named Pac 10 Player of the Year while Lauren Kalvaria was named to the Pac 10 Doubles Team of the Year with Lauren Barnikow... Florida's Whitney Laiho and Jessica Lehnoff were the first players from that school to win the doubles trophy since Dawn Buth and Stephanie Nickitas won back to back titles in 1996 and 1997.

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Congratulations to University of Washington women's coach Patty Fendick McCain. Coach McCain missed her team's NCAA trip for a good reason -- she gave birth to 7lb, 15oz Keegan Leta McCain. Coach McCain also recieved the PAC 10 Coach of the Year Award in May.

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Andi Brandi has announced his resignation as the very successful University of Florida women's coach. Brandi's 17 year career at Florida boasted an amazing 460-43 record. No replacement has been named yet.

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The Class of 2001 has been inducted into the ITA Collegiate Men's Tennis Hall of Fame. This year's inductees were: Ramsey Earnhart (California); Brad Gilbert (Pepperdine); Fred McNair (North Carolina); Brian Teacher (UCLA); Watson Washburn (Harvard); Coach Mercer Beasley (Tulane, Princeton); Coach Tom Chivington (Foothill College); and Coach Dave Snyder (Arizona, Texas).

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Freshman of the Year honors were given to Raquel Kops-Jones (California, Pac-10), Reiner Neurohr (Baylor, Big 12) and Jessica Roland (Texas A&M, Big 12). Also winning Big 12 awards for the 2001-01 season were the following: Men's Tennis Coach of The Year-Tim Cass, Texas A&M; Women's Coach of the Year-Julius Lubicz-Majewski, Oklahoma State; Men's Newcomer of the Year-Tres Davis, Texas A&M; Women's Newcomer of the Year-Irina Tereschenko, Texas Tech; Men's Player of the Year-Shuon Madden, Texas A&M; and Women's Player of the Year-Maria Phillips, Oklahoma State.

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May 2001
Stanford's men's coach Dick Gould surpassed Georgia's Dan Magill's record when his team reached 706 wins. Also recording milestones this Spring are Lin Loring of Indiana with with number 600 and TCU's Roland Ingram with his 300th.

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Top-ranked junior Evan Austin has signed his intention to join the University of Kentucky team in January of 2002.

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Florida seniors Stephanie Hazlett & Whitney Laiho and sophomore Julia Scaringe earned places on the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Five Texas A&M players earned All-Big 10 Academic Honors: Seniors Eva Marcial, Danielle Lee & Dumitru Caradima and juniors Martina Nedorstova & Jarin Skube.

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The following players garnered awards from their respective conferences:
SEC
Lindsay Dawaf-(Florida) Freshman of the Year
Mike Patrick-(Tennessee) Coach of the Year
Bruna Colosio-(LSU) Player of the Year
Alison Ojeda-(Tennessee) Sportsmanship Award
WAC
Genius Chidzikwe-(SMU) Player of the Year
Richard Barker-(Rice) (Men's) Freshman of the Year
Paty Aburto-(TCU) Freshman of the Year
Carl Neufeld-(SMU) (Women's) (Men's) Coach of the Year
Roland Ingram-(TCU) (Women's) Coach of the Year
ACC
Ansley Cargill-(Duke) Player of the Year &am[; Rookie of the Year
Jamie Ashworth-(Duke) Coach of the Year
Karin Miller-(Duke) Most Valuable Player
Ramsey Smith-(Duke) Most Valuable Player

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Peter Kuhn, who played for the Jags from 1991-94, was named to the University of South Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame. Kuhn is the third tennis player to be inducted into the Hall.

At the University of Florida, eight-time All-American Nicole Arendt was inducted into the Gators Hall of Fame. Arendt is the third women tennis player inducted.

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The Washington & Lee women's team won their 11th straight ODAC Championship this month.

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Adria Engel of Arizona State and Peter Luczak of Fresno State were named the ITA National Players of the Month for April. Luczak is currently the only undefeated player in the national top 100 while Engel captured the singles title at the Pac-10 Championships. The doubles teams of the month were Florida's Whitney Laiho & Jessica Lehnoff and Stanford's Alex Kim & K.J. Hippensteel.

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April 2001
Coach Jamie Ashworth picked up his 100th career victory in March. Ashworth is now in his fifth season as head women's coach at Duke.

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The BYU-Hawaii women's team, NCAA Division II champions the past two years, finished March 22-0. Their match win streak has extended 89 straight!

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The ITA has announced this year's inductees into the ITA Men's Hall of Fame. They are:
Ramsey Earnhart-NCAA doubles champion for Southern California in 1961 and 1962; singles finalist in 1961 and 1962; member of NCAA team champions in 1963.
Brad Gilbert-NCAA and ITA National Indoor singles finalist in 1982 while at Pepperdine; top ten professional player; currently coaching Andre Agassi.
Fred McNair-Four-time All-American at North Carolina; led UNC to three ACC titles; won French Open and ATP doubles titles in 1976.
Brian Teacher-Four-time All-American for UCLA; member of winning NCAA team (twice); Australian Open singles winner.
Watson M. Washburn-(being inducted posthumously) NCAA doubles champion and singles finalist for Harvard in 1913; member of the victoriuous U.S. Davis Cup team of 1921; member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Also being inducted this year are the following coaches: Mercer Beasley of Tulane and Princeton; Tom Chivington of Foothill; and Dave Snyder of Arizona and Texas.

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Marco Baron of Mississippi State and Ansley Cargill of Duke were named ITA Players of the Month for March 2001.

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March
Stanford made quite a showing at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships. In addition to Laura Granville's record-breaking 58th straight win, the team won its sixth title at the event. The USTA Sportsmanship Award for the championships went to Keiko Tokuda, also a Cardinal.

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The University of Kansas has announced it will drop the men's tennis program as of next season. The reason for the cut is budget-related. This is the first time the school has eliminated a sports team in over 20 years. The men's swimming team will also be dropped.

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Kathy Sell of Duke has been named the Blue Devil Club Student Athlete of the Year. Sell is a top-ranked two-time All-Acc player, on the Dean's List and a member of various volunteer organizations off the court. (She founded SAGE -- Student Athlete's Guiding Experience). The Duke senior also received the inaugural James O'Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award at the Rolex National Indoors. (Stanford's Alex Kim received the men's award.)

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Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Florida is offering Full Tuition/Book Scholarships for its 2001-02 women's tennis team. For more information, call (321) 254-9143 or write to keencoach@cs.com.

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The USTA has chosen the Duke University Sheffield Center as the 2000 USTA Outstanding Tennis Facility.

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February 2001
Duke Freshman Ansley Cargill won the Adidas Tennis Classic title after defeating Whitney Laiho of Florida, 2-6,6-4,6-1. In doubles action, Laiho and teammate Jessica Lehnoff were the winners over Cargill and Kathy Sell.

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Shuon Madden of Texas A&M was the Flight A singles and doubles winner at the Rice Invitational Indoor Tournament. Madden defeated Rice's Richard Barker, 6-3,6-7,6-0 for the singles and teamed with Dumitru Caradima for the doubles over Richard & William Barker. Texas A&M made showings in other divisions winning B Singles (Jarin Skube); C Singles (Khaled El Dorry); and C Doubles (El Dorry/Joe Morris).

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At the 2001 ACC Indoor Men's Championships, Duke's Andres Pedroso won the singles trophy after defeating Wake Forest's Raul Munoz, 7-6(4),6-2. The doubles championship went to Ramsay Smith/Mike Yani, also of Duke, over Wake Forest's Andrew Simpson/Rick Phillip, 8-3. Tom Croter of Virginia won the singles consolation.

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Kathy Sell and Kate Granson captured the doubles crown at the Milwuakee Tennis Classic. The Duke duo won over Illinois' Simone Kung and Michelle Webb. SMU's Dee Dee Herring On the men's side, Mark Parsons of Tennessee took the singles title after defeating Georgia's Travis Parrott, 6-3,7-5 and Currie/Borendame of Butler won the doubles.

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For the 2001 season, the ITA has instituted two rule changes in NCAA Division I play. The first rule adopts the current USTA rule involving changeovers -- changing ends without rest after the first game of every set and having a set break of two minutes at the end of every set. The second rule change is a shortening of warm-up time from five minutes to three minutes before the start of dual matches.

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January 2001
Indiana University's women's coach Lin Loring received the Rolex/ITA Meritorious Service Award. The award is given to a coach who has made extraordinary contributions to college tennis and the intercollegiate tennis community. Loring holds the record for the most wins in women's tennis at 587 career victories.

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The ITA has granted The Tennis Network (TTN) exclusive broadband transmission rights for all ITA tournaments and events. TTN is beginning a full launch this month with 24 hour a day programming of tennis championships, events, instruction and news.

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Simon Galik of Flagler College received the James O'Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to a player who displays outstanding sportsmanship and exemplifies the spirit of college tennis during the Rolex Small College Championships. Galik is a three-time All-American and the top-ranked player in NAIA singles.

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Texas A&M coach Tim Cass was selected to serve on the ITA Board of Directors. The Board was expanded this past Summer to include 28 members.

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Jennifer DeSpain and Jana Sedivec of Tulsa ended the Fall season with some impressive wins. In addition to taking the titles at the Hurricane Invitational and they Houston Fall Classic, the duo won the ITA Central Region doubles crown.

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Stanford has attracted a number of top-ranked juniors for the 2001-02 season. Among those signing letters of intent are:
Sam Warburg-recent winner of the USTA Super National Winter Championships.

Erin Burdette-Easter Bowl doubles winner with Stanford freshman Lauren Barnikow. (They were also Australian Junior Open finalists.)

Story Tweedie-Yates-USTA National Open singles winner.


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