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Southerners Headline All-America & USTA Collegiate Teams

June 14, 2012 09:41 AM
Eric Quigley of Pewee Valley, Ky.
Mallory Burdette of Jackson, Ga.
Chelsey Gullickson, University of Georgia
By Alex Welch, USTA Southern Intern
The USTA Southern section was well represented when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the names for the 2012 All-America Team. Six Southerners made the ranks of the premiere college players in the country.
Mallory Burdette, Eric Quigley, Jarmere Jenkins, Kevin King, Chelsey Gullickson and Natalie Plustoka are all featured among this year’s group.
King finished his tenure at Georgia Tech as one of the best doubles players to ever take the court as a Yellow Jacket. This is his second year being named an All-American, and the third consecutive season he has made the All-ACC Team. The Peachtee City, Ga. native now holds the record for most doubles wins at Tech.
Gullickson received singles and doubles honors, making her the first eight-time All-American tennis player from the University of Georgia. Hailing from Brentwood, Tenn., she has been a strong force for the Bulldogs throughout the past four years. Gullickson leaves college holding a 124-34 all-time singles record.
Another duel-honors athlete, Pluskota was awarded singles and doubles All-American status. At the University of Tennessee the Sharpsburg, Ga. native was named to the All-SEC Second Team, but it was more than just her game that stood out. Pluskota received multiple awards for service to her community, proving her to be a talented individual on and off the court.
USTA Collegiate Team
Three players from the USTA Southern section were named to the 2012 USTA Collegiate Team, a group that features 16 of the nation’s top college athletes.
Founded in 1996, the USTA Collegiate Team is an elite training program for top college players around the country administered by the USTA and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The program gives exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-based atmosphere during the year.
Mallory Burdette headlined the list for the women’s team as one of two players named from Stanford University. The junior from Jackson, Ga. capped off her remarkable season by winning the NCAA Tennis Championships doubles title with teammate Nicole Gibbs. The two ended the year with a 35-5 overall record, finishing 18-4 against nationally-ranked opponents.
Burdette also dominated her competition in singles action, as she went 41-7 over the course of the season. She reached the NCAA Tennis Championships singles finals as well, but was unable to best her doubles partner Gibbs in the last match.
On the men’s side Eric Quigley from the University of Kentucky made the cut after completing an exceptional senior year. The Pewee Valley, Ky. native held a record of 54-8 in singles action, finishing as the runner-up in the NCAA Championships. Quigley ended his college career 172-47 overall, making him the winningest singles player in Wildcats history.
Rounding out the list of Southern section players is Jarmere Jenkins from the University of Virginia. The junior from College Park, Ga. posted a 30-6 singles record and was named the 2012 ACC Player of the Year. He finished No. 6 overall in the national rankings.
The three athletes will get the chance to attend USTA Player Development Pro Tour Transition camps in Boca Raton, Fla. There will also be additional training opportunities over the summer in Boca Raton and Carson, Calif. as well.



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