Eight teams to compete December 4-7 in Poitiers, France
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.,
October 30, 2008 -- The USTA today announced the top American collegians
selected to represent the United States in the International University
Challenge of Tennis sponsored by BNP Paribas. The event, in its third
year, features eight teams composed of college and university players from
around the world.
The International University Challenge of Tennis will be
held December 4-7 in Poitiers, France. The seven nations competing with
the United States, which is competing for the first time, include Belgium,
France, Great Britain, Ireland, Montenegro, Russia and Switzerland. The teams
will compete in a best-of-seven format consisting of two men’s and two women’s
singles matches, one men’s and one women’s doubles match, and one mixed doubles
John Kauss, Gustavus Adolphus College
Amanda Fink, University of Southern California
Nate Schnugg, University of Georgia
Jennifer Kung, University of Chicago
Michael Venus, Louisiana State University
Kelcy McKenna, Arizona State University
The team will be
coached by Michelle Dasso, the head women’s tennis coach at the University of
Illinois, and Paul Settles, the head coach of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Colleges men’s tennis team.
The U.S. team was selected as a joint partnership between
the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) using the following
· The top male and female American finishers at
the 2008 ITA All-American Championships
· The top male and
female American finishers at the 2008 ITA Small College Championships
· The top male and
female Americans ranked in the 2008 ITA Preseason Division I Rankings
Kauss, a senior from St. Paul, Minn., won the ITA Small
College Division III Championship
earlier in October without dropping a single set in the tournament.
Schnugg, a junior from Medford, Ore., was named the Most Outstanding
Player at the 2008 NCAA Tournament, and is No. 12 in the ITA Preseason Division
I Rankings. He was a member of the 2008 USTA Summer Collegiate Team.
Venus, a senior from Orlando, Fla., won the 2008 D’Novo/ITA Men’s
All-American Championship in Tulsa, Okla., in October and earned first-team
All-SEC honors for the 2007-08 season.
Fink, a senior from Calabasas, Calif., was the ITA Rookie of
the Year in 2006 and starts this season at No. 5 in the ITA Rankings. She
won her first professional title in July at the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 event
in Atlanta, and was a member of the 2008 USTA Summer Collegiate Team.
Kung, a freshman from Sunnyvale, Calif., won the ITA Small College
Division III Championship in October. McKenna, a sophomore from North
Bend, Ore., won the 2008 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, and as
a freshman received second-team All Pac-10 honors.