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Two-time state champion Ryan Newport has signed a letter of intent to play at Texas A&M. Other future Aggies are: Ashley Backus, Jessica Roland and Robert Spencer.
The Class of '99 was inducted into the ITA Women's Collegiate Hall of Fame in November. The honorees were: Janet Hopps Adkisson-Seattle '56; Tory Fretz-Occidental; Nancy Pearce Jeffey-Miami (FL) '51; and Fern "Peachy" Kellmeyer-Washington (MO) '66.
In a close finish, the University of Washington men's team won the Salem Shootout. The team has also announced the signing of top junior Michael Rubin to play the 2000-2001 season.
The Vanderbilt women will welcome Aleke Tsoubanos and Kelly Schmandt next season. Both players are in the Top 50 of the USTA National Junior Rankings.
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Middle Tennessee State was the big winner at the Seminole Fall Classic with two of it team members winning their singles back draw championships and a doubles team winning the title.
Zuzana Lesenarova's win at the Riviera All-American Championships was record breaking in more ways than one. Lisa Raymond had the record of four ITA Grand Slam wins (1993) before Lesenarova just captured her fifth. In addition, she was also the first player since Sandra Birch (1990) to sweep the Riviera singles and doubles titles.
BYU-Hawaii's Petra Gaspar won her second straight Rolex Small College Super Bowl singles title. She also teamed up with Tagifano Soonalole to win the doubles.
Stanford sophomore Marissa Irvin reached the finals at the USTA $50,000 Challenger in Largo, Florida. Irvin fell to Anna Smashnova, 7-6(2),6-1
Washington & Lee's women's team claimed four of the six individual titles as they hosted their Fall Tennis Festival.
The singles crown at the Michigan Invitational went to Martina Nedorstova of Texas A&M.
Florida's women's team remained perfect as they took home the titles at the St. Mary's Health System Classic. Jessica Lehnoff and Julie Scaringe won the No. 1 doubles flight, Baili Camino won the No. 1 singles flight and Lehnoff and Scaringe made their way to the No. 2 singles final (to be played at Florida at a later date).
UCSD players Amy Trackino and Lindsay Tadlock won the Rolex Western Regional Women's Doubles Tennis Championships and were awarded ITA All-American status.
At the Virginia State Collegiate Championship, VCU's Mats Norin defeated Hampton's Thomas Ibler, 6-4,4-6,6-4 for the trophy. Norin also took the doubles with teammate Mattias Hoglund.
The following players were the winners at the Fall Invitational ITA Tennis Tournament:
Ioana Dragan of Fordham won the No. 1 singles title at the NY State Women's Collegiate Championship. No. 2 singles went to Lisa Royce of Cornell. Doubles went to Hamilton/Webber of USMA (No. 1) and Collier/Lien of USMA (No. 2).
The Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships were held this Fall. The team format concluded with Harvard as the men's champions and Princeton as the women's winner. This was the first time Princeton had won an ECAC title over Harvard since 1994.
Coaching Changes... San Francisco named Eric Kwait women's coach... Anthony Fox is the new women's coach at Akron.
TCU's Esteban Carril took the title at the River Oaks Intercollegiate Clay Court Invitational with a 7-5,3-6,6-2 win over Texas' Michael Blue in the finals.
Delphine Troch of William & Mary captured the William & Mary Women's Invitational after beating Princeton's Kavitha Krishnamurthy, 6-4,4-6,6-1.
The Robert Alison Fall Tennis Classic trophy went to Mira Radu of Mississippi, who beat Galina Seliouvnia of Houston, 7-5,6-0.
Before the Grand Slam T. Rowe Price National Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships, a number of players had to make it through the qualifying tournament. Those who played their way through the qualifying to the main draws were: Colleen Cheng and Lia Jackson of Northwestern; Renate Stoop of Boise St; Anke Roose of South Alabama; Judith Hagedorn of Rice; Emma Kidd of Coastal Carolina; Barbara Fuzesi of DePaul; Eva Jimenez of Miami; Dietrich Haugh of Pacific; Ted Rueger and Marko Cerenko of Duke; Robert Gustafson of Mid Tennessee St; Alexander Hartman of Mississippi; Jalai Chafai of Drury; Tom Dalby of UAB; and Daniel Wajnberg of Georgia St.
LCSC swept the Whitman Intercollegiate. The titles went to: Dermot O'Grady-Men's Singles and Doubles with Marcus Kastel; Christine Dickson-Women's Singles; and Sanet Nell & Eleanor Specht-Women's Doubles.
At the ITA Women's East Championships, an NCAA Division III event, Amy Wachenheim of Skidmore won the women's singles and doubles crowns. Wachenheim partnered with Lisa Powers in the doubles.
Coaching Changes... Ohio State announced the resignation of men's coach John Daly. Ty Tucker has been named interim coach... Paul Lubbers, men's & women's coach, resigned from Greensboro to accept a position with the USTA. Jeff Trivette will temporarily take over the men's program and Patrick Williams has been named women's coach... Tulane named David Schumacher women's coach.
Illinois Junior Simone King is representing her country at the 1999 Southeast Asian Games and on the Malaysian Federation Cup Team. The last time Simone participated in the Southeast Asian Games was 1993 due to her heavy tournament and school schedule.
The Williams men's team has been named the 1999 New England College Athletic Conference (NECAC) Division III team of the year. Williams won the NCAA Division III title this year.
Incoming Stanford Freshman Laura Granville won the USTA Girls' 18 National Championships for the second consecutive year. The last person to win the title back to back was Tracy Austin in 1977-78.
Coaching Changes... SE Louisiana named Dan Silverstein men's and women's coach... South Alabama chose Joey Scrivano as women's coach... Auburn-Montgomery picked Greg Davis as men's and women's coach... Boise State announced the resignation of Elizabeth (Buffy) Baker, women's coach, to take the same position at Penn State... Texas-San Antonio named Brenda Niemeyer women's coach and Dr. Oliver Trittenwein men's coach... Tulane announced the resignation of Jennifer Tuero Melius as women's coach. David Schumacher has been chosen as interim coach.
Christy Sigurski of the University of Kentucky was named ITA Scholar Athlete for the second consecutive year. Sigurski became UK's first two-time ITA Scholar.
The University of Texas named four athletes to the 1999 All-Big 12 Conference Team -- Sandy Sureephong, Michelle Faucher, Laura Berendt and Janet Walker. Rebekah Forney and Joanne Masongsong also garnered honors for their perfect 4.0 grade point averages for both semesters.
East Tennessee State & Arizona announced the resignations of women's coaches Pam Davis & and Stephanie London, respectively. UC Santa Barbara named Marty Davis men's coach.
Duke's Karen Goldstein, Megan Miller, Kristin Sanderson, Kathy Sell & Vanessa Webbwere named All-ACC. Webb also became the first female in Duke history and third athlete overall to be a four time ITA All-American.
The 1999 GTE Academic All-America Spring Team is comprised of student athletes in crew, golf, lacross, track and tennis. The following tennis players were included in this team: Joey Pitts-Georgia; Stephanie Nickitas & M.C. White-Florida; Vanessa Webb-Duke; Annica Cooper & Kelly O'Conner-UCLA
Florida State's men's coach David Barron announced the signing of Timu Volmer, a top junior from Germany, for the Fall season.
Janet Bergman of Wake Forest was named ACC Rookie of the Year.
Coaching changes are taking place at the following schools: Illinois State named Greg Kennett men's coach; Indiana University of Pennsylvania named Tony Meduetz women's coach; and Pace announced the retirement of Ramona Polvere, women's coach
Washington and Lee received the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup for overall excellence in athletics for the third straight year. Winners are determined by a points system awarded for finishes by each sport in the conference standings.
Michael Chmela of LSU was named SEC Tournament MVP.
The NAIA presented the following awards: Ward-Ballinger Award-Ricardo Mena, Flagler; National Coach of the Year-Colin Robertson, Oklahoma City; and the Marvin P. Richmond Award-Li Chen, Oklahoma City
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Miami College in Ohio has eliminated its men's tennis, soccer and wrestling programs. The cuts were do to budget problems.
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Ole Mississippi women captured the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a major upset over the Florida Gators. The defeat was Florida's first regular season loss since March 11, 1995.
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A fight during a match in April caused the Ohio Valley Conference to suspend the following players: Volkahn Salar, Gustavo Castro & Steve White of Tennessee Tech and Marcus Rutsche and Pavel Levitnaus of Austin Peay.
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William & Mary's teams received a number of awards from the Colonial Athletic Association: men's coach Peter Daub earned his first CAA Coach of the Year Award;Trevor Spracklin was named Player of the Year; David Kenas was named All-CAA Second Team; women's coach Brian Kalbas was named CAA Coach of the Year; Tari Ann Toro was chosen as women's CAA Player of the Year; Delphine Troch was tabbed the conference's Top Newcomer; and Lindsay Sullivan was picked for the All-CAA Second Team.
Indianapolis has named Scott Riggle men's head coach.
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Nine of Florida's tennis players have been named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. The players are: Trey Adcock, Marcos Asse, Will Brown, Amr El Sawaf, Justin O'Neal, Baili Camino, Whitney Laiho, Stephanie Nickitas and M.C. White.
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UC Santa Barbara announced the resignation of Don Lowry, men's coach. Ross Duncan and Gary Colson were named interim coaches.
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Brian Fleishman an assistant coach for the past two years, will take over as head coach for the Wake Forest women's team.
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It has been a milestone year for a number of coaches: North Florida's Charley Jenks reached an amazing 600 wins; Clemson's Chuck Kriese joined the exclusive 500-win club; Pepperdine's Gualberto Escudero reached 400-wins; and William & Mary's Peter Daub achieved 300 wins.
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Eight new members will be inducted into the ITA Collegiate Men's Tennis Hall of Fame in May. This year's inductees are: Tim & Tom Gullikson of Northern Illinois; Wallace Johnson of Pennsylvania; Mel Purcell of Memphis and Tennessee; Bill Scanlon of Trinity; John Whitlinger of Stanford; Coach Bennie Purcell of Murray State; and contributor Bob Mapes of Corpus Christi. Tim Gullikson and Wallace Johnson are being inducted posthumously.
The results of the round robin Fab Five Invitational, were as follows:
Day One-Emory defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7-2; Washington & Lee defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 8-1; Trinity defeated Kenyon, 9-0
Day Two-Emory defeated Washington & Lee, 5-4; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defeated Kenyon, 5-4; Trinity defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7-2
The Southern California men's team picked up their 1,000th win in March. Coach Dick Leach has been at the helm for 469 out of the 1,000 victories.
Wake Forest University announced the resignation of Lew Gerrard, women's coach.
The Kalamazoo Collegemen's team has won the last 60 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles -- every title since 1936! The team is looking for victory No. 61 in May.
Jennifer Hall was selected as the recipient of the USTA Sportsmanship Award. Hall is only the second Notre Dame player to win the award.
Harvard's James Blake became the first Ivy League player to win the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. He is also the first player since Arizona State's Sargis Sargisian in 1995 to win the second and third legs of the ITA Grand Slam. Blake's final Rolex match with Robert Kendrick of Washingtonwas a repeat of the 1996 USTA Boys' 18 Nationals final. Blakealso won that final.
Notre Dame's men's coach Bob Bayliss reached his 500th career win in February.
The University of Georgia signed two top ranked juniors. Lori Grey of Florida and Anne Nguyen of Pennsylvania will join the 1999 Fall team.
Jeff Vaage of Drake and Samuel R. Knisley of Morgan State have resigned their positions as women's coaches.
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At the Big Ten Men's Indoors Jason Marshall of Purdue defeated Tom Chicoine of Minnesota in the finals, 7-6(4),6-1.
The Fighting Illini Classic produced the following winners: Simone Kung/ Illinois-Singles and Manisha Patel-Nadia Karpol/ Louisville-Doubles
Duke's Vanessa Webb claimed the 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference title after defeating Verban Marial of Wake Forest, 6-4,6-3. Webb also teamed up with Karen Goldstein to take the doubles title over teammates Megan Miller and Kathy Sell, 9-8.
This year's ACC Indoor Men's Champioships was held at Wake Forest University. Robert Bracone/North Carolina St defeated Pedro Escudero/Duke in the singles final, 6-1,6-3. Escudero and Doug Root won the doubles final, 8-4, after defeating Myles Clouston/Raul Munoz of Wake Forest.
The Tennessee men's team took its second consecutive O'Charly's/Vol Tennis Classic title with a 5-0 score over William & Mary in the final.
University of Georgia junior Marissa Catlin defended her Georgia Invitational trophy with a win over teammate Vanessa Castellano, 6-4,6-3.
The following players prevailed in the finals of the Milwaukee Tennis Classic: Women's Singles-Chin Bee Khoo/Arkansas and Men's Singles-Aaron Marchetti/Virginia Tech.
Harvard's James Blake won the USTA Futures singles title. This was the first tournament of the 1999 USTA Men's Circuit.
Taking home the trophies at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic were: (Women's Singles) Marissa Irvin, Stanford; (Women's Doubles) Amy Jensen/Amanda Augustus, California; (Men's Singles) Jean-Noel Grinda, UCLA; (Men's Doubles) Ryan Wolters/K.J. Hippensteel, Stanford.
Kyle Kliegerman of Princeton was the singles winner at the Farnsworth/Princeton Invitational. Ahn Ahn Liu and Patrick Sweeney, also from Princeton, won the doubles.
College recruters have been very busy. It has been announced that the following players have signed letters of intent for the Fall of 1999 (unless otherwise indicated):
University of Kentucky:Caroline Mayorga (Joining January '99); Lauren Rookledge (Joining January '99); Jill Buckley; and Sarah Witten
Stanford: Ryan Haviland; Scott Lipsky; and Carter Morris
University of Texas: Craig Edmondson
Texas A&M: Cassie Haas
Texas Christian University: Jimmy Harvey and Brenna Shackleford.
Women's tennis scholarships are available at the University of Iowa as follows: one full scholarship for Fall 1999; two full scholarships for Fall 2000; three full scholarships for Fall 2001. For more information, call Head Coach Paul Wardlaw at (319) 335-9265, or e-mail him at Paul-Wardlaw@uiowa.edu
Ann Lebedoff, women's tennis coach at Pomona-Pitzer College, received the Roled Meritorious Service Award at the ITA Coaches Convention in December. The award honors a coach who has made extraordinary contributions to collegiate tennis and has served the collegiate tennis community throughout her career.
The University of Nevada-Las Vegas announced the resignation of women's tennis coach Ola Malmqvist. Malmqvist will join the U.S.T.A.