December 1998


Zuzana Lesenarova


Kunj Majmudar


Teryn Ashley


Marissa Irvin


Vanessa Webb


Traci Green


Simon Larose


Marissa Catlin


Paul Goldstein


Mike Bryan


Bob Bryan


Amanda Augustus


Amy Jensen


Stephanie Nickitas


Dawn Buth


Nathan Overholser


Julie Scott


Kristin Sanderson


Whitney Laiho


Mirela Vladulescu

Zuzana Lusenarova of the University of San Diego was featured in the November 23rd edition of Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" column. Zuzana became only the second women to win the first two ITA Grand Slam tournaments when she won the Riviera Women's All-American Championships.

Zuzana was also named ITA National Singles Player of the Month along with Harvard sophomore James Blake.  James and teammate Kunj Majmudar  were named ITA Doubles Team of the Month. Stanford's Teryn Ashley and Marissa Irvin took the women's honors.
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According to Head Tennis Coach Bill Gerdts, Hofstra University is now offering full scholarships for impact players with national experience. Hofstra is a member of the American East, E.C.A.C. and Metro Conferences, in addition to NCAA Division I. For more information contact Coach Gerdts at 516-463-4968. He is the coach for both men and women.

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At the 42nd Annual Southern California Intercollegiates, Cory Guy of UCSB defeated Jong Min-Lee of UCLA, 6-3,6-4 for the singles title. In the doubles, Brandon Kramer and Jon Min-Lee prevailed in the finals over Roman Kukal and Ryan Moore of USC, 6-1,1-6,6-4

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Electronic Newstand

November 1998

At the Yale Invitational, Greg Royce of Yale took the Flight A singles title with a 7-6,6-3 win over Greg Artzt of Cornell. Royceteamed up with Carlton to also take the doubles title.

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Eddie Coates of Vanderbilt was the champion of the MTSU Fall Classic Flight A after beating teammate Andrew Nisker in the finals, 6-4,5-7,6-4.

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The Cissie Leary Memorial Invitational produced the following winners: Singles-Anastasia Pozdiakova of Pennsylvania; Doubles-Farr/Patterson of Princeton.

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Providence College will drop its men's tennis program at the end of the school year. The decision was made in order to meet requirements of a federal law that demands an equal mix of male and female athletes. The men's baseball and golf programs will also be dropped.

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This year's Roberta Alison Fall Classic was held at the University of Alabama. In the singles (Flight A), Nanetthe Duxon of Florida State defeated Kristin Radfard of Vanderbilt, 3-6,6-4,6-1 in the finals. Blumberg/Burson of Vanderbilt defeated Asberg/Weber of Florida State in the doubles final.

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The final standings at the Butler Tennis Invitational were: Radi Nartam/Bowling Green, 5-1; Jonas Piibor/Indiana State, 4-0; Shlomo Shemesh/Butler, 4-1.

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At the BYU Invitational, Eline Chiew of BYU took home the singles and doubles Flight A trophies.

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Simon Larose has left the Mississippi State team and turned professional.

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Martina Nedelkova/VCU was the Flight A singles winner at the William & Mary Invitational. Vanessa Web and Karen Goldstein/Duke were the doubles winners.

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The Gator women swept the Lady Gamecock Fall Tennis Classic.Traci Green defeated Baili Camino in an all Florida singles final, 6-1,6-0. The two finalists teamed up to win the doubles, 8-6, over Kelly Brown/Massoumeh Emami of Kentucky.

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Winners at the ECK Classic included: Marquette players Elisa Penalvo and Sara Fernandez

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At the Bell South Mobility Collegiate Tennis Classic, Robert Diniz/USL (singles) and Fantes/Gordilho (doubles) were the Flight A champions.

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Taking home the trophies at the Wolfpack Fall Classic were: Sebastien Gobbi (Duke)-Flight A singles; and Desai/Jackson (NC State)-Flight A doubles.

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The Princeton Fall Invitational produced the following winners in the finals: Doubles-Kyle Kliegerman of Princeton defeated Steve Millerman of Columbia, 6-4,3-6,6-2; Seshadri/Josephs of Columbia defeated Kliegerman/Schacker of Princeton, 8-4.

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October 1998

The doubles title win of Georgia's Marissa Catlin and Vanessa Castellano at the T. Rowe Price National Claycourt Championships, marked Marissa's first tournament since she was sidelined with Mononucleosis in Apri.l

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Sandy Kriezel has been named the interim men's and women's coach at Cal Poly Pomona.

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At the 16th Annual Tim Berman Invitational held at Swarthmore College, Mike Gumbly and Andre Benjamin of Georgetown captured the Flight B Doubles title and Jamie Williams of Providence won the Flight A Singles title.

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Miami University announced that men's coach Jay Berger will also coach the women's team

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September 1998
Paul Goldstein of Stanford and Michelle Magid of Boston University received the Tennis Magazine/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for leadership and sportsmanship. Paul became the first player to receive the award two years in a row.

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Dick Stockton has been named men's tennis coach for the Trinity University to the NCAA team title in 1972 and won the singles title that year. He was also on five U.S. Davis Cup teams in the seventies and was ranked in the U.S. top 10 six times.

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USTA Nationals Boys' 18s winner Andrew Park is joining the Southern California team this Fall. Nationals finalist Zach Fleishman will play for UCLA.

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John Roddick and Paul Goldstein turned professional this summer.

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July 1998

Bob and Mike Bryan, Stanford's brother duo, have left the team to turn professional. The 20-year-old Sophomores are beginning their pro careers on the USTA Circuit. According to Bob, "It's a sad day that we're leaving, but we feel it's time. Our games, I feel, are really going to blossom out there." Bob was ranked no. 1 in the ITA rankings after winning the NCAA singles crown. The twins also captured the doubles title. The NCAA wins earned them wildcards in the U.S. Open..
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Three California universities were presented with The Sears Directors' Cups. The winners were: Stanford University-Division I; California State University, Bakersfield-Division II; the University of California, San Diego-Division III; and Simon Fraser University-NAIA.

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The 1999 NCAA Championships will be held in Athens, Georgia (men) and Gainesville, Florida (women). There will be a new format for next year. The field will consist of 16 four-team regionals, with 16 regional winners advancing to the final site. All conference champions will now also receive bids into the 64-team draw.
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The 1997-98 season was NCAA Division I men's first without the "let rule." It was decided at the ITA Men's General Membership Meeting in May to continue this practice for the upcoming season.
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The ITA Summer Circuit gets underway the week of July 6th. There will be tournaments each week for four weeks in each of the four regional sections. The National Championships will be held in August. At each event, players are guaranteed a minimum of four matches (weather permitting).
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Electronic Newstand

June 1998

FROM THE NCAAS...
Stanford's Bob Bryan achieved the triple crown by capturing the titles in singles and doubles. He had been instrumental in winning the team trophy. Bob's only the second player to win all three titles in the same year. the first was Alex O'Brian, also from Stanford. The Bryan twins also claimed the record of being the first brother duo to capture the double crown in more than half a century. Bob and Tom Falkenberg of USC were the last brothers...The Paul Goldstein/Bob Bryan final was the first two teammates met in the singles final since 1985 when Georgia's Michael Pernfors and George Bezecny played...Vanessa Webb became the first Duke woman to win the Championship. She is also the first non-American taking the title. Vanessa is from Toronto, Canada...The California doubles team of Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen is the first unseeded team to win the doubles...During the championships, Florida's Stephanie Nickitas and Dawn Buth marked their 100th career doubles win. The duo had captured the crown the two previous years...Lander University won its sixth straight men's Division II title...In Division III, UC Santa Cruz won its third men's trophy in four years. Lynn University's women achieved its second straight win.

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University of Florida's men received SEC honors as follows: All-SEC-Justin O'Neal; Region III Rookie Of The Year-Justin O'Neal; Regional III Rookie Of The Year-Nathan Overholser; SEC Academic Honor Roll-Trey Adock, Jack Whigham

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Marissa Catlin of Georgia was named Southeastern Conference Player Of The Year and SEC Tournament MVP.

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Conference championships were won by: Atlantic 10-Virginia Tech (women & men); Big South-University of Maryland (women), Charleston (men); Colonial Athletic Association-William & Mary (women), Virginia Commonwealth (men); Conference USA-University of Houston (women), South Florida (men); Mid-Eastern Athletic-Hampton (women & men); Ohio Valley-Middle Tennessee State (women & men); Southeastern-Florida (women), LSU (men); Sun Belt-South Alabama (women), Southeastern Louisiana State (men); Southland-Texas-San Antonio (women); Southeastern Athletic-Jackson State (women & men); Trans America Athletic-Central Florida (women), Georgia State (men).

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Pepperdine's men's team won their eighth consecutive West Coast Conference title.

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May 1998
Stanford's men and women took home a total of four titles at the Pac-10 Championships. The doubles team of Julie Scott and Ania Bleszynski earned their win with a defeated over ASU's Katy Propstra and Stephanie Lansdorp. 7-5.6-4. The men's singles championship went to Paul Goldstein with a 6-1,6-2 win over teammate Ryan Wolters. In men's doubles Bob and Mike Bryan defeated USCs George Bastl and Kyle Spencer for their title.

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In the finals of the ACC Women's Championships, 4th ranked Duke prevailed over Wake Forest in the finals, 5-2. In Singles, Lule Aydin swept past Kristin Sanderson, 6-1,6-1. Duke's No. 1 doubles team of Karen Goldstein and Vanessa Webb took the doubles trophy with a 8-1 victory over Wake's Nicola Kaiwa and Dorothee Kurz.

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The Harvard men's team won the Gaucho Classic in Santa Barbara with a 4-2 win over Southwestern Louisiana.

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This year's Team USA (formerly the U.S. National Team) includes several freshman. Florida's Whitney Laiho and Vanderbilt's Julie Ditty are on the Girls' 18 squad. The Boys' 18 squad includes Harvard's James Blake, Texas A&M's Rafael de Mesa & Diego Ayala and Vanderbilt's Kyle Porter.

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Six honors by the Atlantic Coast Conference were garnered by Florida State. The winners were: Yvo Niks, Mike Ingham, Steve Weinstein, Davidson Kozlowski, Vatalie Carratala/Nanette Duxin and Helena Karlsson/Ali Weber.

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April 1998
Eight new members have been named as the 1998 inductees to the ITA Collegiate Men's Tennis Hall of Fame. The six players and two coaches are: Frederick H. Hovey-Harvard & Brown, Edward B. Dewhurst-Pennsylvania, Peter Fleming-Michigan & UCLA, Kevin Curran-Texas, Ken Flach-SIU-Edwardsville, Robert Seguso-SIU-Edwardsville, David Kent-Texas A&M Coach, and Jerry Simmons-Southwestern Louisiana & Louisiana State Coach.

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Julie Scott of Stanford and Pavel Kudrnac of Oklahoma State were named ITA National Players of the Month in singles and doubles. Ania Bleszynski and Martin Dvoracek shared the doubles honors with their partners.

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Under first-year head coach Jeff Brown the Louisiana State men's team is making a name for themselves. Wins over top-ranked Mississippi and Mississippi State have helped the Tigers jump their way into the No. 5 spot in the March 24th rankings.

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At the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, Julie Scott and Thomas BLake of Harvard were recipients of the USTA Sportsmanship Awards.

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Stanford Cardinal Teryn Ashley has continued her collegiate dual match singles streak to 38-0.

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Boise State's men's team took the title with a 4-3 win over Notre Dame at the Blue-Gray National Collegiate Championships. Daniel Merkert of Boise State was named MVP.

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In an upset, Virginia Commonwealth defeated San Diego in the finals of the USD Women's Tennis Classic.

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Freshman Mirela Vladulescu of UAB has held the No. 1 position in ITA Women's Singles for four straight months. She was the winner of two out of three of this season's ITA Grand Slam tournaments.

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The 109th Pacific Coast Tennis Doubles Championships was held in La Jolla, California March 6-7, 1998. Paul Goldstein/Ryan Wolters of Stanford took home the trophy with a win in the finals over teammates Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan

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March 1998
Top-ranked junior player Whitney Laiho began playing for the University of Florida team in January. Whitney earned her high school diploma one semester early.

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Julie Scott of Stanford and Pavel Kudrnac of Oklahoma State became the first players in Rolex National Indoors history to sweep the singles and doubles titles in the same year. Julie's doubles partner was Ania Bleszynski while Pavel teamed with Martin Dvoracek for the win.

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No. 1 ranked Mirela Vladulescu of UAB missed her chance to sweep the first three legs of the ITA Collegiate Grand Slam when she withdrew from the Rolex Indoors due to illness

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In the top of the Rolex/ITA rankings are two sets of brothers. Bob and Mike Bryan of Stanford currently hold the No. 2 position in doubles. In singles, Mike is ranked No. 2 and Bob No. 5. James and Thomas Blake of Harvard are No. 10 in doubles. James is No. 4 in singles and Thomas is No. 15.

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