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Quigley, Burdette, Newman Receive ITA Awards

August 30, 2012 04:38 PM
USTA President Jon Vegosen and Eric Quigley.
Former NYC Mayor David Dickins and Caroline Newman.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recognized recipients of the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Awards along with the 2012 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team at the ITA Awards Luncheon hosted by the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
 
The presentation took place in the President’s Suite Dining Room as part of Arthur Ashe Kids' Day activities (Aug. 25) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Jon Vegosen, Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA, David A Benjamin, ITA Executive Director, and David Dinkins, former Mayor of New York City and a member of the USTA Board of Directors, were on hand to present the awards.
 
Southern players honored were: Mallory Burdette of Stanford University, Eric Quigley of the University of Kentucky and Caroline Newman of the College of Charleston.
 
The ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship Award takes into account a player’s tennis accomplishments, scholastic achievements and extracurricular endeavors. Just as Arthur Ashe was a great player and humanitarian, this award (which dates to 1984) recognizes players who excelled on and off the court during their college careers. Sportsmanship, leadership and character are also important criteria.
 
The 29th ITA Collegiate All-Star Team includes the nation's top-ranked men's and women's players from the year-end Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA levels, as well as winners of the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and 2012 NCAA Division I Championships.
 
PLAYERS WITH SOUTHERN ROOTS
 
ARTHUR ASHE LEADERSHIP AND SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS
 
NCAA Division I
Caroline Newman – College of Charleston
Newman recorded more than 150 victories in singles and doubles combined, helping the Cougars to four Southern Conference titles. She took part in a Heart for Africa Medical Mission trip to Swaziland, Africa, traveling to rural villages and treating over 400 patients during a five-day span. She also participated in an inner city tennis program, introducing tennis to economically-challenged children and mentored youths in the Win4Life motivational program. In addition to volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, Newman helped organize a dog show that raised money for Pet Helpers, a local animal shelter in Charleston. The Greenboro, N.C. native owns a 4.0 GPA as a pre-medicine major. Her sister, Catherine, was a national Ashe Award winner for Vanderbilt in 2010.
 
ITA COLLEGIATE ALL-STAR TEAM MEMBERS
NCAA Division I Doubles
Nicole Gibbs/Mallory Burdette – Stanford University
Burdette, a senior from Jackson, Ga., teamed with Gibbs to finish atop the season-ending Campbell/ITA NCAA Division I Doubles Rankings. The pair captured the 2012 NCAA Doubles title and were named the Campbell/ITA National Doubles Team of the Year. Both players have earned wild card entries into the singles main draw of the U.S. Open.
 
Eric Quigley – University of Kentucky
Quigley finished third in the season-ending Campbell/ITA NCAA Division I Singles Rankings, registering a 54-8 record. The senior from Pewee Valley, Ky., completed his Wildcat career with 172 career singles wins – the most in school history. Quigley was a five-time ITA All-American at UK and co-recipient of the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. He is the first men’s player in school history to earn a spot on the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team.
 
PLAYERS ON TEAM IN USTA SOUTHERN
 
Junior/Community College
Simon Bardell – Meridian Community College
Cited for displaying outstanding sportsmanship by his coach, Bardell's demeanor on the court doesn't change whether winning or losing. The Beulah, Australia native has been involved in the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree project and the American Cancer Society in its fight against breast cancer. He also contributed time to Love’s kitchen, a local soup kitchen and assisted with numerous tennis clinics on campus. Bardell owns a 3.43 GPA working towards a degree in sports medicine.
 
Beatrice Capra – Duke University
Capra finished second on the Campbell/ITA NCAA Division I singles rankings list, finishing with a 32-5 overall record. The Ellicott City, Md., native also earned ITA National Co-Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 and received ITA All-American accolades. In 2010, she advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open before losing to Maria Sharapova.
 
NCAA Division III
Gabrielle Clark – Emory University
Clark finished atop the Campbell/ITA NCAA Division III singles rankings and became the third women’s player in school history to win the singles draw at the NCAA Division III Championships. The Chicago native finished her sophomore campaign 27-4 in singles play. She is a four-time ITA All-American, being honored twice in singles and doubles.
 
NAIA
Ana Veselinovic – University of Auburn-Montgomery
Veselinovic placed first in the final Campbell/ITA NAIA singles rankings, finishing her senior season with a 23-2 record and capturing the 2011 USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl singles title. The senior from Merceg-Novi, Montenegro also led the Warhawks to the NAIA team title.
 
NCAA Division II
Georgi Rumenov – Armstrong Atlantic State University
Rumenov finished atop the season-ending Campbell/ITA NCAA Division II Singles Rankings, posting a 21-1 mark. He becomes the seventh Armstrong Atlantic player to be named to the ITA All-Star Team. The Barcelona, Spain native was also named the ITA Player to Watch in 2012.
 
NCAA Division III
Dillon Pottish – Emory University
Pottish secured the No. 1 spot atop the Campbell/ITA NCAA Division III singles rankings, finishing 34-3 in singles. He won the NCAA Division III singles title, helping the Eagles to a national championship and undefeated season. The East Quogue, N.Y., native was also named ITA National Senior Player of the Year for NCAA Division III.
 
NJCAA
Memford Owusu – Georgia Perimeter College
Owusu earned the top spot atop the Campbell/ITA NJCAA Singles Rankings. The Accra, Ghana native capped a stellar freshman season by winning the NJCAA national singles title and has seen Davis Cup action for his native Ghana.
 
The ITA
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 college varsity student-athletes 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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