Noel Wins Second Straight Clay Court Title
Overcoming a significant deficit when the heat index is in triple
digits is never part of the game plan. But scrappy, feisty
13-year-old Alexa Noel did so anyway to capture the singles title at
the USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships. In a clash of
two players who now call New Jersey home, Noel outlasted Amber O'Dell
in 2 hours and 20 minutes by a score of 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Spring Signing Week '16: Alhogbani Chooses the Cavaliers
If Five-star senior Ammar Alhogbani has his way, soccer won't dominate
sports conversation in his homeland of Saudi Arabia. People will be
talking about tennis - and his role in it. Alhogbani and his family
live in Alexandria, Va., just more than a two-hour drive from the
reigning NCAA champions at the University of Virginia. Alhogbani is
excited to announce his commitment to the Cavaliers, who are seeking
their third team crown in four years.
Countdown: Zoë Spence Joins the Irish
From the tournament she helped originate in West Africa, to
numerous countries she has visited to play on the International Tennis
Federation circuit, Zoë Spence is well-traveled even by junior tennis
standards. When next summer arrives, though, she'll settle at a place
she and her family know extremely well: Notre Dame.
Martinelli Takes 16s Title in Virginia Beach
Samantha Martinelli usually enjoys clay-court tennis about as much as
swimmers and surfers enjoy seeing a shark's fin in the coastal
Virginia water. But with smart preparation, the Denver Blue Chip
recruit navigated her way through a draw of 192 to capture the title
at the USTA Girls' 16 National Clay Court Championships.
Countdown: Jacqueline Carr Commits to the Herd
Much of America learned about Huntington, W.Va., and its most
prominent university via the movie "We Are Marshall." Jacqueline
"Jackie" Carr has decided to experience it fully. Carr, a Five-Star
recruit from Rogers, Ark., committed to the Thundering Herd last fall.
Tar Heels Win Second ITA Indoor Title in Three Years
As the University of North Carolina mourns the death of iconic
basketball coach Dean Smith, the UNC women's tennis team gave Tar Heel
fans something to savor. UNC won the ITA National Team Indoor
Championships' trophy for the second time in three years, defeating
Georgia 4-1 Monday, Feb. 9, in a contest of fluctuating momentum at
Boar's Head Sports Club.
Fall Signing Week '14: Lampl Heads West to Stanford
When you think of happy landings, think of Caroline Lampl. Lampl, a
Blue Chip recruit in the Class of 2015, flew across the country in
late September to visit her possible college destination. While she
was there, she decided she wanted to attend Stanford, a university
with a renowned academic reputation and unmatched women's tennis
tradition. But there was just one problem: She wasn't sure she would
Sophie Chang Commits to the Wahoos
When Sophie Chang was still in elementary school, she didn't know
much about college tennis, but she had an idea that she wanted to head
south to Virginia. Surely enough, that is what will happen. Chang, a
homeschooled Blue Chip rising senior from Havre de Grace, Md., has
committed to play for the Virginia Cavaliers, who have become one of
the nation's top programs in the past few seasons under Mark
Liu Leads California Contingent in Girls' 16
A few miles from the ocean, Southern Californians dominated the USTA
Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships, taking the top three
places in singles and the runner-up honors in doubles. The ATLANTIC
Ocean, that is. Not the Pacific. During the tournament week, dozens of
spectators gathered at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club to see
which Californian would earn the gold ball in singles - and the answer
was Claire Liu.
Spring Signing Week '14: Amanda Atanasson Tigers Up
After taking her fourth official visit, Amanda Atanasson knew where
she wanted to go to college. Or, she might say, "geaux." Atanasson,
a 5-Star player from the Mid-Atlantic Section, committed to Louisiana
State. She selected the Tigers over a host of universities from
various areas - none too close to her home in Owings Mills, Md.
Countdown: Lamar Remy Commits to Wisconsin
For Lamar Remy, it's time for a cool change. After spending about
five years training and occasionally basking in the warmth of
Bradenton, Fla., the 3-Star prospect has elected to play tennis for
the University of Wisconsin.
Countdown: Rodriguez Excited to Head to Louisville
The allure of Louisville and the ACC was strong enough that Ariana
Rodriguez didn't even need an official visit to decide her college
destination. Rodriguez, a homeschooling 5-Star recruit from the
Bronx, N.Y., committed this fall to the Cardinals after one unofficial
trip to Bluegrass country.
CiCi Bellis Wins Title at Girls 16s Clays
CiCi Bellis seemed so fresh in the second set, one of her post-match
comments seemed incredible. "I've never done any off-court
conditioning," the wispy Northern Californian said after wearing down
Katerina Stewart of Miami 7-5, 6-1 to win the USTA Girls 16 Clay Court
Championships' singles crown at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country
Club. "That's because my on-court drilling is so taxing and intense."
Spring Signing Week '13: Connor Kudrick to Wingate
Connor Kudrick will attend college halfway across the country in large
part because it reminds him of what he loves about home. Kudrick, a
3-Star recruit from the Houston suburb of Spring, Texas, has signed
with Wingate University in North Carolina, a rising NCAA Division II
Spring Signing Week '13: Hudson Commits to Arkansas
Shannon Hudson of Virginia Beach is shorter than almost all of her
opponents, but she was tall enough to see a red flag on the horizon.
Figuratively speaking, that flag waved prominently enough to prompt
Hudson to change her Southeastern Conference destination.
Hudson, a Blue Chip recruit at just 5 feet tall, first committed to
Tennessee. But she changed her mind and cast her lot with the
Fall Signing Week '12: Luca Corinteli Chooses Wahoos
The University of Virginia men's tennis team's recruiting is coming up
big - literally as well as figuratively. 6'4" Luca Corinteli recently
became the latest Blue Chip prospect to commit to Coach Brian Boland's
Cavaliers. Tennisrecruiting.net ranks him 17th in the nation and first
in the Mid-Atlantic Section among the senior Class of 2013.
Countdown: Kwiatkowski Decides
The question wasn't so much where Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would go to
college, but whether he would go. The Blue Chip recruit from
Charlotte, N.C., said he has played tennis as long as he can remember
and wants to reach its highest level - the ATP Tour. But that path
will now include some time in the college ranks, as the highly-coveted
announces his decision.
Countdown: Damon Niquet Heads to the Tribe
Three-time Wisconsin state champion Damon Niquet took a couple of
visits to Williamsburg, Virginia, and he saw all that he needed to
see. Niquet recently made a verbal commitment to head coach Peter Daub
and William & Mary to join the Tribe Tennis Team in Fall 2013.
Mia Horvit Wins First Gold Ball in 16s
The compelling matchup of birthday girls featured almost everything
except a cake for the winner. No. 10 seed Mia Horvit of Parkland,
Fla., earned her first U.S. Tennis Association gold ball, overcoming
unseeded Francesca Dilorenzo of New Albany, Ohio, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win
the Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships.
Spring Signing Week '12: On the Court with Connor Clements
While other players were developing higher rankings, Connor Clements
was developing his tennis skills. While other players were studying in
public or private school, Clements was studying online. Years later,
the rankings reflect how well the road less traveled seems likely to
get Clements to a favorable college destination.
Countdown: Tanenbaum Selects Big Red
As one of the nation's best players, Dena Tanenbaum of Manasquan,
N.J., enjoyed plenty of collegiate options. When she went to Ithaca,
N.Y., and saw red - Big Red - she was sold. Tanenbaum, a five-star
recruit, has committed to play for Cornell University in the
prestigious Ivy League.
Countdown: Kitchen Commits to the Terps
Many important people occasionally leave business hotbeds to travel to
vacation spots. But with Five-Star recruit Ashley Kitchen, it will be
the opposite. Kitchen, who grew up on picturesque Hilton Head Island,
has committed to play for the University of Maryland.
Countdown: Blue Chip prospect Vrabel reflects on commitment to Notre Dame
On the rare occasion when she isn't playing tennis or studying, Blue
Chip recruit Julie Vrabel enjoys art. Don't be surprised if she draws
some four-leaf clovers in the next few years to display her new school
spirit. Vrabel has committed to attend Notre Dame in August and play
for the defending Big East Conference champion Irish.
Porter earns two titles at 16s Clays
It's hard to tell which was higher at the USTA Girls' 16 National Clay
Court Championships: the record-threatening temperatures or Peggy
Porter's confidence. Porter, from Dallas and seeded sixth in a field
of 192, earned her first USTA gold ball with a breakthrough
performance at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club.
Spring Signing Week '11: Kandinata Arrives at Richmond
From Indonesia to Florida to North Carolina and soon to the University
of Richmond, 16-year-old Melissa Kandinata has acquired a world of
perspective amid her tennis travels. Kandinata, a five-star recruit
ranked 41st among the senior class by TennisRecruiting.net, has
committed to play for the Richmond Spiders in the fall. She's one of
the highest-ranked recruits ever for the Spiders, who have won six of
the last seven Atlantic 10 Conference championships.
Recent U.Va. signee Mitchell Frank cherishes practice with Federer
Though he has won plenty of significant matches and championships in
his budding career, one of Mitchell Frank's best tennis memories is a
practice. His practice partner? None other than Roger Federer.
Frank, who recently signed to become the University of Virginia's
latest blue-chip recruit, got to conduct the workout of a lifetime at
last year's U.S. Open.
Wildcard Hayley Carter Wins 16s Clays
Unseeded Hayley Carter, a wildcard who wasn't sure she'd be allowed
into the tournament less than a week before it began, emerged with a
hard-earned trophy and USTA gold ball in the steamy Girls' 16 National
Clay Court Championships. Carter, from Columbia, S.C., overcame
third-seeded Jamie Loeb 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in the championship match this
Countdown: Army Strong on the Courts, Too
In January, the Black Knights of the United States Military Academy
were voted one of the Top 10 recruiting classes for the Class of 2010.
Army has developed a strong tradition in the Patriot League, winning
nine titles and appearing in the conference championship match 15
times in the 16 seasons. Strong recruiting may lead to even loftier
goals for the Cadets.
Countdown: Shane chooses Cavaliers
Justin Shane enjoyed seeing a tall, slender young man named Juan
Martin del Potro make his big breakthrough at the U.S. Open. Shane, a
tall, slender young man from Falls Church, Va., hopes his big
breakthrough will come with the University of Virginia Cavaliers.
McPhillips dominates at the Girls 16 Clays
Second-seeded Kyle McPhillips of Willoughby, Ohio won all seven of her
matches at the USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships in
Virginia Beach in straight sets, capping a week of dominance with a
6-2, 6-2 triumph over No. 3 Ashley Dai of Temple City, Calif. Sonny
Dearth, who was on hand to take in the victory, wraps up the final
days of the tournament.
Countdown: Collins to the Terps
John Collins, a left-hander from Bowie, Md., is one of three in-state
players who are scheduled to arrive at Maryland in the fall. Collins
chose Maryland over Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina
State and Big Ten member Penn State.
Niu victorious in surprise final at the Girls 16 Clays
Playing a long way from her home in Portland, Ore., ninth-seeded
Belinda Niu shocked herself by sliding to seven victories in seven
days to gain the crown at steamy Virginia Beach Tennis and Country
Club. She capped her stay with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over an even more
surprising finalist, co-17th seed Nicole Melichar of Stuart, Fla., in
a matchup of 14-year-olds.
Countdown: Pine Brothers Stick Together
Charles Pine could see the logistical nightmares coming. With twin
sons who are NCAA Division I-caliber players, he wondered what would
happen if they attended different universities. But he won't have to
worry about that. Jonathan and Zachary Pine of Vienna, Va. elected to
stay in-state and attend Virginia Tech.
Bolender comes back for Girls 16 Clay crown
Brooke Bolender, who grew up in Westlake, Ohio, combined power, savvy and the
power of positive thinking to gain what she said she considered her
biggest singles title. She gutted out a 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory July 22
over unseeded Sloane Stephens at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country
Hampton Coach Achieves Millenium Milestone
HAMPTON, Va. - One of the courts at Hampton University's
Neilson-Screen Tennis Stadium needed a serious cleaning before the
afternoon matches on Saturday, March 31. There were dark spots all
over the green cement. From rain? Hardly. They were from the
champagne that flowed after HU's Robert Screen became the fifth member
of college tennis coaching's 1,000-victory club.
Looking Forward: Denis Kudla
The little blond kid wouldn't look out of place in the next "Bad News
Bears" movie. Physically, he might remind you of Tanner - not
big-serving Roscoe, but the Little Leaguer with the "Chico Bail's
Bonds" ad on his jersey. But get him on a tennis court, and you can
see the genius and savvy possessed by Denis Kudla of Northern