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Southern has Strong Contingent at ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships

November 3, 2003 12:07 PM

The 2003 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the second of three national championships for collegiate tennis this season, opens Thursday, November 6 at the University of Michigan.

Included among the players competing in the Men's and Women's singles and doubles and Mixed Doubles draws are several top collegiate players from the USTA Southern Section.

  • Mat Cloer (Florida State) Brevard, NC - Men's Singles
    Cloer, a junior, missed the first part of the fall (Sophomore) season with an ankle injury…played in his first match of the year at the ITA All-American tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C…won his first three matches of the fall season…had a team-best fall record of 6-2…went 4-1 in fall doubles play with Rodrigo Laub…finished the fall with a doubles record of 4-2…entered the 2003 spring season at the No. 1 position... as a Junior player he was named North Carolina player of the year as a freshman in high school…finished the 2000 season ranked No. 3 in the USTA Boy’s 16 and under division…named the state high school champion of North Carolina…qualified as a semifinalist in the National Hardcourts competition held in Kalamazoo, MI...
  • Bo Hodge (Georgia) Athens, Ga. - Men's Singles & Doubles w/ John Isner
    Hodge, a senior, enters the SEC Tournament with a team-leading 24 singles wins...posted a 15-5 dual match record at No. 1, including a 7-4 mark against SEC foes...has 18 wins against ranked opponents, including a three-set win against then-No. 4 Jesse Witten of Kentucky...had a seven-match winning streak earlier in the season...the first Bulldog to reach the 20-win mark...advanced to the semifinals of both the singles and doubles draws of the 2003 SEC Coaches’ Indoor Championship...As a Junior, he participated in high-level ITF tournaments in Asia, Canada, Europe and South America... reached the semifinals of the 2000 U.S. Nationals for boys 18 singles in Kalamazoo, MI, and held a No. 4 junior ranking...competed in the Junior Australian Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon...reached both the singles and doubles finals at the Boys 16 National Clay Court Championships in Washington, D.C... was a doubles finalist at the 1998 Junior National Championships in Kalamazoo, MI...was a semifinalist in the 1998 Orange Bowl... reached the finals of the Boys 18 Nationals at the age of 15...
  • John Isner (Georgia) Greensboro, NC - Men's Doubles w/ Bo Hodge
    Isner, an eighteen year old freshman, is currently ranked No. 18 in the USTA Boys' 18 Rankings and he ended the 2002 season at No. 8... in his junior career Isner competed in the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships... he lost in the Round of 32 in the 2002 US Open Junior Tennis Championships...he was runner-up at the Chanda Rubin North/Central American & Caribbean Junior Championships in 2001 and the Chanda Rubin American Junior Tennis Circuit in Atlanta...
  • Jarmaine Jenkins (Clemson) College Park, GA - Men's Doubles w/ Nathan Thompson
    Jenkins, a nineteen year old freshman, earned four varsity letters in high school tennis and helped lead Westlake High School to four region championships...he finished 2002 ranked No. 47 in the USTA Boys' 18s...won Southern Scholastics in summer of 2002...named MVP of high school tennis team...
  • Ashley Kroh (Marshall) Louisville, KY - Women's Doubles w/ Jessica Johnson
    Kroh, a junior, served as Marshall's number six singles player for the 2001-2002 season and teamed with Jessica Johnson to form Marshall's number two doubles team…earned a national doubles and singles ranking during the year…compiled a 29-5 record in singles on the year and a 30-7 record for doubles…went undefeated in conference play for singles with a record of 9-0...went 21-2 in doubles in the number two position … went undefeated in conference play in doubles, posting a perfect 12-0 record during the year…played in two matches at the number one spot for doubles, winning both matches…during the fall season, went 7-4 in singles and 5-3 in doubles...advanced to the finals of the 2002 Yum! Brands/Pepsi-Cola Tennis Championships in Louisville, KY...
  • Megan Muth (William & Mary) Covington, LA - Women's Doubles w/ Amy Wei
    Muth, a sophomore, currently has the sixth-best career singles winning percentage (.727) in school history...Ranked 39th in the nation in singles and tied for 49th (with Amy Wei) in doubles...Won the ITA East Region doubles title with Wei...The pair also won the top flight of the Kentucky Classic and are 9-0 in the fall ... In singles, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA East Regionals, losing to #61 Ramona But ... Has defeated three ranked singles players already in the fall. 2002-03: ITA East Region Rookie of the Year ... CAA Rookie of the Year ... Ended the season ranked 65th in the nation in singles, after reaching a high of 52 during the year ... Ranked seventh in the East Region in singles and 11th in doubles with Amy Wei ... First team All-CAA in singles and doubles ... Second on the team with 32 singles wins, tied for the third-best total by a rookie in W&M history ... Won six-straight matches, upsetting five higher seeds and four ranked opponents, on her way to winning the ITA East Region singles title ... Competed at the National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in the fall ... 22-7 singles record in the spring, including winning 13-straight at one point ... Defeated nine ranked singles players ... First career singles win was Sept. 20 against Carolyn Kramer (Virginia Tech), 6-3, 6-4, at the W&M Invitational ... 25th career singles win came on April 1 with a win over Old Dominion’s Maretha van Niekerk (3-0, ret.) ... Won the first doubles match of her career, as she and Wei teamed up to defeat Vanessa Bagnato/Lindsay Cox (Richmond), 8-3, on Sept. 20 at the W&M Invitational
  • Amy Wei (William & Mary) Marietta, GA - Women's Doubles w/ Megan Muth
    Wei, a junior, currently has the fifth-best career singles winning percentage (.744) in school history...Ranked 65th in the nation in singles and tied for 49th (with Megan Muth) in doubles...In singles lost to eventual champion #22 Nataly Cahana in three sets in the quarterfinal of the ITA East Regionals, Cahana’s only three-set match of the tournament...Ended the 2002-2003 season ranked 104th in the nation in singles, and was as high as 102nd during the season...First team All-CAA in singles and doubles...Third on the team with 30 singles wins...Posted a 21-3 singles record in the spring, including a 17-match winning streak near the end of the season...2-2 record against singles opponents who were ranked at the end of the season...Won the third singles flight of the W&M Invitational... 25th career singles win came on Sept. 20 against Ginger Lowdermilk (Virginia Tech), 6-1, 6-1, at the W&M Invitational...Won her 50th career singles match on April 13 at Texas against Ziva Grasic (7-5, 6-1)...The two won the top flight of Wake Forest’s Deacon Classic in the fall.

The November 6-9 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournaments for Division I men and women, will be hosted by Michigan at its Varsity Tennis Center for the first time after a nine-year stint with Southern Methodist University at the Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas.

Highlighting this year’s draws will be the champions from the first national tournaments of the season, the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, Alex Vlaski of Washington and Raquel Kops-Jones of California.

The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from ITA Regional Championships held across the country during the last two weeks, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the IcyHot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships and at-large and wild card selections made last week by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.

The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships were inaugurated in 1978 for the men and 1984 for the women and recent champions and finalists include up-and-coming professionals Bea Bielik (Wake Forest), James Blake (Harvard), Laura Granville (Stanford), Marissa Irvin (Stanford) and Jeff Morrison (Florida). Longtime pros Todd Martin (Northwestern) and Lisa Raymond (Florida) are also among the past singles champions.

The first national tournaments of the 2003-04 collegiate tennis season were the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, which took place earlier this month. The ITA National Intercollegiates are the second, and the season-ending NCAA Championships (not administered by the ITA) are the third and take place in May.

This weekend’s semifinal and final matches will be broadcast live on the internet on www.RadioTennis.com.

 

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