Three Trojans Selected To USTA Collegiate Team
Barely two weeks after their USC tennis seasons came to a close, three Trojan star players have a new adventure set to start off on this summer. Steve Johnson, Ray Sarmiento and Zoë Scandalis have all be selected for spots on the 2012 USTA Collegiate Team, which serves as an elite training program for the top American collegiate players. The group of nine men and seven women will attend Pro Tour Transition camps and compete on the USTA Pro Circuit, with additional training opportunities in Boca Raton, Fla., and Carson, Calif.
Johnson and Sarmiento just wrapped up the Trojan men's push to a fourth straight NCAA Championship, while Johnson successfully defended his NCAA Singles crown as the senior extended his collegiate singles win streak to 72 in a row as he picked up the 2012 NCAA Singles title. Both were named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team for singles and doubles. Johnson and sophomore Sarmiento were both selected to the squad last summer, and this summer's pick marks the fourth of Johnson's career.
Scandalis just completed her freshman season with the Women of Troy, helping them to their winningest season since 1985 as USC won the Pac-12 championship and reached the NCAA Semifinals. Scandalis picked up ITA All-American honors in her first year as well to help secure herself a spot on the 2012 USTA Collegiate Team for summer action along with her fellow Trojans.
FROM USTA RELEASE:
The following players have been selected to this year’s team:
Chase Buchanan, Ohio State (SR, New Albany, Ohio)
Mallory Burdette, Stanford (JR, Jackson, Ga.)
Mitchell Frank, Virginia (FR, Annandale, Va.)
Jacqueline Cako, Arizona State (SO, Brier, Wash.)
Jarmere Jenkins, Virginia (JR, College Park, Ga.)
Beatrice Capra, Duke (FR, Ellicott City, Md.)
Steve Johnson, USC (SR, Orange, Calif.)
Lauren Embree, Florida (JR, Marco Island, Fla.)
Evan King, Michigan (JR, Chicago)
Nicole Gibbs, Stanford (SO, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Bradley Klahn, Stanford (SR, Poway, Calif.)
Zoe Scandalis, USC (FR, San Diego)
Dennis Nevolo, Illinois (SR, Gurnee, Ill.)
Allie Will, Florida (JR, Boca Raton, Fla.)
Eric Quigley, Kentucky (SR, Pewee Valley, Ky.)
Ray Sarmiento, USC (SO, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
In addition to the nine men named today, three more players will be named to the team based on cumulative results from three of eight USTA Pro Circuit Futures, including Sacramento, Calif.; Chico, Calif.; Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.; Innisbrook, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Rochester, N.Y.; Joplin, Mo.; and Godfrey, Ill.
This year, the women’s team will have two coaches, while the men’s team will be assisted by a third. Troy Porco, Assistant Coach of Women’s Tennis at the University of Virginia, and Megan Bradley-Rose, the former Head Coach of Women’s Tennis at Princeton University, will coach the women’s team, while Bo Hodge, Assistant Coach of Men’s Tennis at the University of Oklahoma, and Andres Pedroso, Associate Head Coach of Men’s Tennis at the University of Virginia will be coaching the men's team with assistance from Ryan Sachire, Associate Head Coach of Men’s Tennis at the University of Notre Dame. Hodge has coached the USTA Collegiate team in each of the last two years, while Sachire served as a coach in 2011.
Team members were selected based on their performance at the NCAA Championships, the ITA All-Americans and the National Indoor Championships. Players’ results from the USTA Pro Circuit, ATP or WTA events were also considered. All sixteen of the players selected received 2012 ITA All-American honors.
The women's team includes the top four ranked players from the final national singles rankings: No. 1 Gibbs, who captured the NCAA women’s singles title, No. 2 Capra, an NCAA singles quarterfinalist who was named the ITA’s National Co-Rookie of the Year, No. 3 Will, who helped lead Florida to its second consecutive NCAA women’s team title, and No. 4 Burdette, who lost to Gibbs in the final of the NCAA singles championships. Embree finished No. 10 overall and won the NCAA title-clinching match for the Florida Gators for the second straight year, and Scandalis finished the year ranked No. 11. Both Embree and Will will be members of the team for the third consecutive year, while Gibbs was also on the team in 2011.
Johnson captured his second straight NCAA men’s title and helped lead the Trojans to their fourth consecutive NCAA team title, while Frank captured the ITA All-American title and the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, beating Nevolo in the final. Buchanan – the 2009 USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion – won the NCAA men’s doubles title as well as the doubles titles at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships and the ITA All-American Championships. Johnson, Frank, and Quigley ended the year as the top three players in the ITA rankings. Johnson and Klahn were named to the team for the fourth consecutive year, while Buchanan, King, and Quigley will all make their third consecutive appearance on the team. Nevolo and Sarmiento were both named to the team in 2011.
Current pros who were members of prior USTA Collegiate Teams include: James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, John Isner, Amer Delic,Jesse Levine, and Irina Falconi.
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