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NCAA Division III Championship Team Selections Revealed
by Rhiannon Potkey, 10 May 2021

The NCAA Division III men's and women's tennis committees announced the selections for the 2021 National Championships on Monday. The finals will be played in Chattanooga, Tennessee May 24-26.

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Tournament Feature
Perera Overcomes Wind, Torres To Claim Level 1 Boys 18s Title
by Colette Lewis, 10 May 2021

Masato Perera overcame weather challenges and numerous opponents over five days in Indianapolis to capture the USTA Level 1 Boys 18s title. Perera beat fellow Californian Ryan Torres in the final.

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NCAA Tournament
NCAA Division I Roundtable: Potential Upsets, Title Predictions
by Rhiannon Potkey, 7 May 2021

The NCAA Division I tournament begins today at locations across the country. As part of TRN's annual tradition, we convened a group of insiders to provide their observations on the potential upsets in the men's and women's draw and the teams with the best chance of capturing the titles.

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NCAA Division I Roundtable: COVID's Impact and Season Storylines
by Rhiannon Potkey, 6 May 2021

The NCAA Division I men's and women's tournament begins Friday and Saturday at locations across the country. As part of TRN's annual tradition, we convened a group of insiders to provide their observations on the season's storylines and championship outlook.

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5-May-2021
NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Brackets Revealed
The brackets for the 2021 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Championships were revealed on Tuesday night. Preliminary-rounds will be played May 7-11 at eight regional sites. The winning team from each site will advance to the finals in Surprise, Arizona, May 18-21.

3-May-2021
NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Brackets Revealed
The brackets for the 2021 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Championships were revealed on Monday night. Florida earned the No. 1 seed in the men's draw while North Carolina was the No. 1 seed for the women. First-round matches begin May 7.

3-May-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Takehiro Shuda and Rayna Sugai
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Takehiro Shuda and Rayna Sugai.

30-Apr-2021
Easter Bowl Champions and Former Collegians Shine in April
The eight players who won Easter Bowl titles are among those featured this month, along with former collegians collecting championships on the WTA and ATP Challenger circuits and a Russian teen collecting her third ITF women’s circuit title.

28-Apr-2021
Meet The Assistant: University of San Diego's Nadia Abdala
Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile University of San Diego's Nadia Abdala.

26-Apr-2021
Car Accident Fills UC Irvine-Bound Zamora with Gratitude
Noah Zamora was involved in a rollover car accident that gave him a new appreciation for what tennis brings to his life. The blue chip senior from San Diego has signed with UC Irvine, and isn't taking any of his future opportunities for granted.

23-Apr-2021
Hot 100 List - April 2021
It's time to unveil the April 2021 edition of the Hot 100. The Lotto Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

21-Apr-2021
Coaching Roundtable: The Skill or Quality Recruits Should Have
What is one skill or quality head coaches wish all recruits had when they arrived at college? A few coaches from around the country reveal their answers in the latest edition of the Coaching Roundtable.

20-Apr-2021
Action Shots from the IOSC
Like the Easter Bowl, the International Open of Southern California, a J1 level event, was moved to the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com was in attendance the entire week and was kind enough to furnish these photos from this event.

19-Apr-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Manci Pal and Brannen Coe
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Manci Pal and Brannen Coe.

15-Apr-2021
NCAA Lifts Division I Recruiting Dead Period Beginning June 1
The NCAA Division I Council approved the return to recruiting activities during its video conference this week, and officially announced the change on Thursday. All Division I sports will return to their regular recruiting calendars beginning June 1st.

14-Apr-2021
Easter Bowl Photo Gallery
The Gold Ball drought has finally come to an end as the JB1 Easter Bowl ITF and the USTA Easter Bowl 16-12s were contested in San Diego rather than their traditional home in Indian Wells. These two great events were the first to award gold balls since the Winter Nationals in 2019. Photographer Derrick Tuskan was on hand for action the entire week.

12-Apr-2021
Shang, Hovde, Razeghi, Rabman Capture Easter Bowl Titles
The second week of the San Diego fortnight, which featured two of the biggest events on the US junior tennis calendar, concluded with the Easter Bowl ITF and 16s championships. Collecting the first gold balls awarded since the 2019 Winter Nationals were Juncheng “Jerry” Shang and Liv Hovde, who claimed the ITF championships, and Alexander Razeghi and Theadora Rabman, who took the 16s titles.

9-Apr-2021
Easter Bowl Crowns 12s and 14s Champions in New Location
A last-minute location change made the 2021 Easter Bowl possible this year, with Iva Jovic and Cooper Woestendick winning the 14s titles and Shannon Lam and Sebastian Bielen taking the gold balls in the 12s division.

8-Apr-2021
ITA Reviews Rankings Because of Covid-19 Impact
Given the impact of Covid-19 on the college playing schedules, the ITA released an update this week about the status of the college rankings. The organization has been in communication with the NCAA about how the rankings may be used for the upcoming championship selections.

6-Apr-2021
Recruiting Insider: Toledo Head Coach Tracy Mauntler
Getting more insight into how college coaches recruit can make the process less intimidating for prospets. Our "Recruiting Insider" series features coaches from across the nation providing their recruiting methods. Today, we hear from Toledo women's head coach Tracy Mauntler.

5-Apr-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Spencer Dorosheff, Leah Walter
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Spencer Dorosheff and Leah Walter.

2-Apr-2021
Young Players Highlight the Top Performances in March
With major International Tennis Federation junior tournaments returning in North and South America, many young players were able to improve their junior rankings last month. They are among the top performers listed in the March Aces.

31-Mar-2021
Images from the Rome Tennis Center
Competitors from 28 states converged on the beautiful 50-court Rome Tennis Center for the USTA L3 Open Championships in mid-March in Georgia. Two TRN contributors - Bill Kallenberg and Brian Wood - were on site to capture action shots from the event. Check out their handiwork here ...

29-Mar-2021
Quinn and Yepifanova Capture IOSC Grade 1 San Diego Titles
After the coronavirus pandemic hiatus in 2020, the ITF Grade 1 spring tournament in Southern California returned to the schedule in a new city, producing both a surprise champion and an expected one.

26-Mar-2021
USTA-ITA Unveil New Strategic Alliance to Elevate College Tennis
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced Thursday they have entered into a “new strategic alliance that formalizes the two organizations’ ongoing collaboration to strengthen and elevate collegiate tennis.”

25-Mar-2021
Rizzolo Reconsiders College During Covid, Signs With Gophers
Maria Rizzolo was thinking about skipping college and turning pro. But the coronavirus pandemic gave her more time to reflect, and the five-star senior from Florida reconsidered. She signed with the University of Minnesota.

23-Mar-2021
Treasure Hunt Leads Ljubas to the Right Spot at Oregon
Mia Ljubas couldn't make an official visit to Oregon's campus, so she decided to visit on her own. The Oregon coaches sent the three-star senior from Seattle a treasure hunt map to make it more fun. She committed to the Ducks.

22-Mar-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Anika Joshi and Carter McWhorter
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Anika Joshi and Carter McWhorter.

19-Mar-2021
Georgia Gwinnett Men Set All-Time Consecutive Wins Record
The NAIA’s top-ranked Georgia Gwinnett College men's tennis made history on Monday with its 138th straight dual match victory, beating No. 14 University of the Cumberlands 5-0. According to the school, it's the longest win streak in all of college sports.

18-Mar-2021
NCAA Plans April Vote On Lifting In-Person Recruiting Ban
The NCAA Division I Council announced Thursday it plans to vote in April on lifting the ban on in-person recruiting that has been in place for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

17-Mar-2021
Hot 100 List - March 2021
It's time to unveil the March 2021 edition of the Hot 100. The Lotto Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

15-Mar-2021
Action Shots from the L1 Spring Championships
Early in 2021, the USTA added two new L1 Spring Individual to provide additional opportunities for play and ranking points since many events have been postponed or cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. TRN photographer Bill Kallenberg covered the 12s at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College.

12-Mar-2021
Barnes Tennis Center Ready For More Hosting Opportunities
Despite some restrictive measures in place throughout the state, Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego has been able to safely host several events. The facilty has even more coming, including the Easter Bowl and Pac-12 team championships.

11-Mar-2021
Meet The Assistant: Keiser University's Brian Slack
Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile Keiser University's Brian Slack.

10-Mar-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Jenna Stevens and Drew Sacks
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Jenna Stevens and Drew Sacks.

8-Mar-2021
Well-Rounded Brissett Eager For New Adventures at CMS
Ella Brissett knew she liked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps after participating in a showcase camp at the college more than two years ago. After completing her research in the recruiting process, she was even more sure. The four-star senior and longtime Girl Scout from Houston, Texas has committed to CMS.

5-Mar-2021
Short Month, But Plenty of Titles for the Aces in February
With national team indoor titles in the United States, pro doubles titles in Australia and Asia, junior titles in South America and Challenger titles in Europe and South Africa for up-and-coming Americans, February was a short but productive month for current and former collegians and many elite junior competitors.

4-Mar-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: J.Allen Smith and Audrey Harrington
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know J.Allen Smith and Audrey Harrington.

3-Mar-2021
Saravanan Finds Strong Support System at Miami University
Nishitha Saravanan felt a sense of secuirty from the minute she started getting recruited by Miami University (Ohio). The four-star senior from Maryland liked the coaches and the academic opportunities the school offered. She signed with the Redhawks last November.

1-Mar-2021
Star Ratings Spring 2021 Edition
After months of waiting, here they are... the Star Ratings. Find out right now how many stars you have - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Spring Star Ratings for 2020.

26-Feb-2021
Garcia Muriel Grateful for Long Journey That Led to Denver
Patricio Garcia Muriel left Mexico to attend boarding school in the United States in the seventh grade. He discovered his love for team tennis, and dreamed about playing in college. The four-star senior has committed to the University of Denver.

25-Feb-2021
Scholarship Helps Students Pursuing Management Career in Tennis
The USTA - in collaboration with the USPTA and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) - is offering a scholarship program for incoming and current college students seeking a Professional Tennis Management degree through a PTM program.

24-Feb-2021
USTA Eastern Section: Vander Schaaf's Given Courage Award
Gavin Vander Schaaf was recently named the inaugural recipient of USTA Eastern’s Junior Courage Award. He's undergone multiple brain surgeries and tennis has helped him get through some hard moments in life. In this month's USTA Section Spotlight, we learn more about Vander Schaaf.

22-Feb-2021
How Ivy League Teams Are Dealing with Another Lost Season
The Ivy League will not to hold league competition or host league championships for the second straight spring season because of Covid-19. How do the tennis programs feel about the situation? Find out in our latest Coaches Roundtable.

19-Feb-2021
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2021
In an annual tradition, Colette Lewis provides her list of eight intriguing questions for junior, pro and college tennis in 2021. They come with the caveat that the Covid-19 disruptions could make some of them irrelevant or less impactful.

17-Feb-2021
Hot 100 List - February 2021
It's time to unveil the February 2021 edition of the Hot 100. The Lotto Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

15-Feb-2021
Peachtree City L2 Photo Gallery
Located just south of Atlanta, the Peachtree Tennis Center has hosted many USTA National and Southern Section Championships. Last weekend the club held a USTA Level 2 National 16s tournament. On the boys' side, Carson Baker of Daniel Island, S.C. won the singles title, while Conley Raidt of Alpharetta, Ga. took home the girls' title.

12-Feb-2021
Meet The Assistant: Tennessee's James McKie
Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile Tennessee's James McKie.

11-Feb-2021
Know The Drill: Improving Your Approach and Net Game
No matter the age or experience level, drill work can help players improve their game and enhance their fundamentals. USC men's head coach Brett Masi shares his favorite drill for helping players get more comfortable coming to the net to close out points.

9-Feb-2021
Grayson Finds Lucrative Opportunity at Howard University
Jordan Grayson's parents didn't want her to worry about money when it came to choosing a college. But the four-star senior from Maryland was able to get a full-ride offer at Howard University, where she plans to study pre-med.

8-Feb-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Cindy Jiang, Matthew Gordinier
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Cindy Jiang and Matthew Gordinier.

5-Feb-2021
Aces Find Success in Africa, Middle East, Europe and U.S.
The first month of 2021 may not have provided the usual excitement of the first slam of the year in Australia, but a baker’s dozen of juniors and former collegians took advantage of their opportunities in capturing titles in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

4-Feb-2021
A Day In The Life - North Carolina's Sara Daavettila
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? It's definitely changed during the coronavirus pandemic. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of UNC's Sara Daavettila.

3-Feb-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Sarah Youngberg, Camden French
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Sarah Youngberg and Camden French.

1-Feb-2021
Top Women's Classes - 2021 Winter Rankings
Our look at the top recruiting classes continues today, as we check in with the women. With seniors continuing to commit at a high clip, TRN announces its Top 25 Winter Recruiting Classes for 2021.

29-Jan-2021
Blue Chip Maxi Duncan Headed to Harvard
Blue chip Maxi Duncan won three titles at ITA and UTR events during summer and fall, set up a training base in Arizona, appeared in an advertisement for Apple Watch and secured her acceptance to Harvard. Duncan will join the Crimson next fall.

28-Jan-2021
Meet The Assistant: Cornell's Alex Funkhouser
Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile Cornell's Alex Funkhouser.

27-Jan-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Matthew Hewitt, Katharine Scott
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Matthew Hewitt and Katharine Scott.

25-Jan-2021
Top Men's Classes - 2021 Winter Rankings
With more than 700 college commitments in the books, TRN takes a look at the Top Men's Recruiting Classes for 2021. Take a look at how your favorite teams are building for the future.

22-Jan-2021
Hot 100 List - January 2021
It's time to unveil the January 2021 edition of the Hot 100. The Lotto Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

21-Jan-2021
Recruiting Insider: Arkansas Head Coach Courtney Steinbock
Getting more insight into how college coaches recruit can make the process less intimidating for prospets. Our "Recruiting Insider" series features coaches from across the nation providing their recruiting methods. Today, we hear from University of Arkansas women's head coach Courtney Steinbock.

20-Jan-2021
After Not Finding a Cricket Bat, Tennis Leads Sinha to Cornell
Adit Sinha's father wanted to teach him how to play cricket at age 6, but couldn't find a store that sold cricket bats. He bought him a tennis racket instead, and Sinha was soon hitting forehands and backhands. The blue chip senior from New Jersey will be playing at Cornell in college.

19-Jan-2021
Cincinnati's Pendergast Finds Best Opportunity in Her Hometown
Elizabeth Pendergast thought she would attend college in a different part of the country. But once she made a visit to the University of Cincinnati, she realized the best option was in her own backyard. The four-star senior signed with the Bearcats in November.

18-Jan-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Freddie Lawrence, Sarah MacCallum
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Freddie Lawrence and Sarah MacCallum.

15-Jan-2021
Coping with Competing During the Covid Pandemic
How have American juniors been coping with all the disruptions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Colette Lewis spoke with a few after their Orange Bowl matches to learn how the long layoff had affected them and what they missed most about the absence of some major tournaments.

14-Jan-2021
Meet The Assistant: University of Washington's Georgia Munns
Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile University of Washington's Georgia Munns.

13-Jan-2021
Four-Star Chepuri Happy to Join the Amherst College Team
Amherst College was the first school Sujit Chepuri visited during his recruiting process. The four-star from Minneapolis loved the team atmosphere and educational opportunities. Once he received a phone call from Amherst during a group lesson last summer, his grin told everyone what it was about.

12-Jan-2021
Blue Chip Madison Sieg Commits to the Trojan Family
Madison Sieg knew she didn't have to follow in her mother's footsteps and play for the University of Southern California. But the blue chip juinor from Connecticut wanted to join the Trojan Family. She realized it was the perfect fit for what she wanted in a college.

11-Jan-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Lulu Wu and Jack Mattox
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Lulu Wu and Jack Mattox.

8-Jan-2021
Blue Chip Stammel Announces Commitment to Vanderbilt
Bridget Stammel conducted an organized and thorough college recruiting process. The blue chip junior from Dallas, Texas wanted to make sure she was making the right choice. Stammel made her decision this week, committing to Vanderbilt.

7-Jan-2021
Spring Star Ratings Period Begins
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Star Ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Star Ratings comes in mid-March - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the first eight full weeks of the year - from the week of January 4 to the week of February 22, 2021. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

6-Jan-2021
Airport Encounter Leads Needham to University of Mary
A chance meeting in an airport terminal helped Emily Needham find a college program that matched all of her needs. The two-star from Cheyenne, Wyoming signed with the University of Mary last month.

5-Jan-2021
The Math Adds Up For Leonov at University of Chicago
Andrei Leonov sought his older siblings' advice when it came to choosing a college. The four-star from Tampa wanted a strong Division III tennis program at a school with respected math and economics departments. Leonov found it all at the University of Chicago.

4-Jan-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Tori Allen and Jonas Corona
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Tori Allen and Jonas Corona.

1-Jan-2021
Orange Bowl Champions Highlight December's Top Performances
The Orange Bowl was the big event of the month, with all 12 champions at last year’s only major ITF junior event in the United States featured as December Aces. Ten other juniors and current and former collegians also earned memorable titles as the disjointed 2020 tennis season mercifully came to a close.


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