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Juricova Named ITA National Player of the Year
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/09/2011

June 9, 2011

SKILLMAN, N.J. - California women's tennis junior Jana Juricova and Steve Johnson of USC have been named the 2011 Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year, the ITA announced today. Additionally, Stanford's Hilary Barte and Mallory Burdette were named the Campbell/ITA National Women's Doubles Team of the Year, while John-Patrick Smith and Boris Conkic of Tennessee were honored on the men's side.

The Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year awards are given to one male and one female singles player who has had the most outstanding year in college tennis. The collegiate players will once again be recognized at the 2011 International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 9 in Newport, R.I. during the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, July 4-10.

In addition to the Campbell/ITA College Player of the Year awards, the Campbell Soup Company also serves as the title sponsor for the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings.

"Campbell Soup Company is once again pleased to play a vital role in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association," said Jerry S. Buckley, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Campbell Soup Company. "College tennis players represent the best of college athletics and help promote tennis to young people across the country. Campbell has long been committed to encouraging young people to lead a healthy lifestyle, including getting an appropriate amount of exercise."

For the past two years, Juricova has been one of college tennis' premier women's players. Juricova began and ended the year No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA National College Tennis Rankings, thanks in part to advancing to five consecutive national singles championships, capturing NCAA and USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor singles titles. This three-time ITA All-American junior went 36-4 in singles and 41-7 in doubles with Mari Andersson. The duo won the 2009 NCAA Doubles Championship together, while advancing to the Round of 16 this season. 

Johnson is well on his way to becoming one of the most decorated American college varsity players. Holding down the top spot in the Campbell/ITA National College Tennis Rankings throughout the entire 2010-11 season, Steve made it to the finals of the two biggest National Championships on the season, capturing the NCAA Singles title after finishing the season on a 35-match win-streak and finishing Runner-Up to Tennessee's Rhyne Williams (who was a finalist in the NCAA title match) in the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Singles Championship. Johnson also won the fall's ITA All-American Championships Singles Consolation title. In addition to being named the Campbell/ITA National Player of the Year, Johnson's other accolades this year included NCAA Team Championship's Most Outstanding Player and 2011 Pac-10 Player of the Year (conference singles and doubles champion). Individual awards aside, Johnson has also been a member of the three-time National NCAA Champion USC Trojans, becoming the first USC player ever to win both the NCAA team and singles titles in the same year (since the dual-match format was used to determine national team champions in 1977). 

Stanford has now produced the last two NCAA champion doubles teams while recently capturing Stanford's 14th overall collegiate doubles title in school history, and seventh since the NCAA adopted its current format in 1982. Hilary Barte, a four-time ITA All-American in both singles and doubles, concludes her star-studded college career with back-to-back doubles titles while Mallory Burdette collects her first career trophy to join older sisters, Lindsay (2010 champion) and Erin (2005 champion) as national champions. Ranked third nationally and seeded fourth in the postseason draw, Barte and Burdette were simply dominant down the stretch, having won 15 consecutive matches since their last loss almost two months ago to close out the season with a 30-6 overall record.

Tennessee seniors, John-Patrick Smith and Boric Conkic had played just five matches together before teaming up for the spring season and going 22-2 at the top of the Vols' lineup. However, those five matches earned the duo the 2009 ITA All-American doubles title. Smith, the second ever four-time singles and doubles ITA All-American (along with Rick Leach of USC), recently became Tennessee's all-time career doubles leader with 146 wins, having also been a part of the 2009 Campbell/ITA National Doubles Team of the Year with Davey Sandgren.

Past ITA National Players of the Year:

Men

 

 

Women

 

2011

Steve Johnson, USC

 

2011

Jana Juricova, California

2010

Robert Farah, USC

 

2010

Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech

2009

Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Ok. State

 

2009

Mallory Cecil, Duke

2008

Somdev Devvarman, Virginia

 

2008

Amanda McDowell, Ga. Tech

2007

Somdev Devvarman, Virginia

 

2007

Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.)

2006

Benjamin Kohlloeffel, UCLA

 

2006

Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.)

2005

Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor

 

2005

Megan Bradley, Miami (Fla.)

2004

Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor

 

2004

Amber Liu, Stanford

2003

Amer Delic, Illinois

 

2003

Amber Liu, Stanford

2002

Matias Boeker, Georgia

 

2002

Bea Bielik, Wake Forest

2001

Matias Boeker, Georgia

 

2001

Laura Granville, Stanford

2000

Alex Kim, Stanford

 

2000

Laura Granville, Stanford

1999

James Blake, Harvard

 

1999

Zuzana Lesenarova, San Diego

1998

Bob Bryan, Stanford

 

1998

Vanessa Webb, Duke

1997

Thomas Dupre, Mississippi State

 

1997

Lilia Osterloh, Stanford

1996

Cecil Mamiit, USC

 

1996

Jill Craybas, Florida

1995

Sargis Sargsian, Arizona State

 

1995

Keri Phebus, UCLA

1994

Mark Merklein, Florida

 

1994

Angela Lettiere, Georgia

1993

Chris Woodruff, Tennessee

 

1993

Lisa Raymond, Florida

1992

Alex O'Brien, Stanford

 

1992

Lisa Raymond, Florida

1991

Al Parker, Georgia

 

1991

Sandra Birch, Stanford

1990

Steve Bryan, Texas

 

1990

Debbie Graham, Stanford

1989

MaliVai Washington, Michigan

 

1989

Tami Whitlinger, Stanford

1988

Robbie Weiss, Pepperdine

 

1988

Halle Cioffi, Florida

1987

Richey Reneberg, SMU

 

1987

Patty Fendick, Stanford

1986

Rick Leach, USC

 

1986

Caroline Kuhlman, USC

1985

Mikael Pernfors, Georgia

 

1985

Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas)

1984

Paul Annacone, Tennessee

 

1984

Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas)

1983

Greg Holmes, Utah

 

1983

Beth Herr, USC

1982

Marcel Freeman, UCLA

 

1982

Vicki Nelson, Rollins

1981

Tim Mayotte, Stanford

 

 

 

1980

Peter Rennert, Stanford

 

 

 


Past ITA National Doubles Teams of the Year:

Men

 

2011

John-Patrick Smith/Boris Conkic, Tennessee

2010

Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha, Duke

2009

Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee

2008

Robert Farah/Kaes Van't Hof, USC

2007

Luis Flores/John Isner, Georgia

2006

Kevin Anderson/Ryan Rowe, Illinois

2005

John Isner/Antonio Ruiz, Georgia

2004

Richard Barker/William Barker, Rice

2003

Richard Barker/William Barker, Rice

2002

Andrew Colombo/Marc Kovacs, Auburn

2001

Matias Boeker/Travis Parrott, Georgia

2000

Geoff Abrams/Alex Kim, Stanford


Women

 

2011

Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette, Stanford

2010

Natalie Pluskota/Caitlin Whoriskey, Tennessee

2009

Renata Kucerkova/Anastasia Petukhova, Fresno State

2008

Riza Zalameda/Tracy Lin, UCLA

2007

Sara Anundsen/Jenna Long, North Carolina

2006

Alice Barnes/Anne Yelsey, Stanford

2005

Alice Barnes/Erin Burdette, Stanford

2004

Lauren Barnikow/Erin Burdette, Stanford

2003

Christina Fusano/Raquel Kops-Jones, California

2002

Lauren Kalvaria/Gabriela Lastra, Stanford

2001

Whitney Laiho/Jessica Lehnhoff, Florida

2000

Claire Curran/Amy Jensen, California

 

About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community.  The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels.  The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA web site is www.itatennis.com.

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