UNC Women Capture First NCAA Title; UVA Repeats
The University of North Carolina women captured the first NCAA team title in program history with a victory over in-state rival NC State at the Division I Championships. For the men, Virginia defended its title and denied Ohio State another shot at its first NCAA title.
Case Western Wins Historic Division III Title; CMS Repeats
The Case Western Reserve men won the first NCAA Division III team championship in school history on Tuesday night at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. On Wednesday afternoon, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women secured their second straight NCAA title.
Barry Sweeps NCAA Division II Team Titles Again
For the fourth straight year, Barry swept the team titles at the NCAA Division II Championships. The Barry women won their sixth straight NCAA title by defeating Nova Southeastern while the Barry men secured their fourth straight national title with a win over Columbus State.
Power-Packed Elite Eight Field Set for NCAA Division I
The men's and women's quarterfinals fields are set for the NCAA Division I Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. Both reigning champions return to defend their titles while several programs are trying to break through for their first title. The women begin Wednesday and the men Thursday.
Michigan Outlasts USC in Thrilling NCAA Super Regional
In a Super Regional match filled with excitement and drama, No. 7 Michigan outlasted No. 10 USC 4-3 on Friday in Ann Arbor to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Championships for the second straight year.
NCAA Division III Championships Reach the Elite Eight
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women still have a chance to defend their team title while the men will crown a new champion at the NCAA Division III Championships. The quarterfinal rounds begins on Friday at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
Barry NCAA Title Streaks at Stake in NCAA Division II
The Barry men's and women's teams have reigned supreme at the NCAA Division II Championships the last few years. Can they return to the top again? Both programs have reached the Sweet 16, which begins this week at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
National Seeds Populate NCAA Division I Super Regionals
Twenty-nine of the 32 national seeds remain alive as the NCAA Division I men's and women's championships enter the Super Regional phase this weekend. Eight schools have both their men’s and women’s programs still competing in the Sweet 16.
NCAA Roundtable: Dark Horse, National Champion Picks
The NCAA Division I men's and women's team championship begins this weekend across the country. Our panel of experts tackled a few questions about the tournament fields before all the action begins. Part II features dark horse candidates and national champion selections.
NCAA Roundtable: Season Storylines and Super Regionals
The NCAA Division I men's and women's team championship begins this weekend across the country. Our panel of experts tackled a few questions about the tournament fields before all the action begins. Part I features regular-season storylines and Super Regional hopefuls.
USF, Sense Arena Partner with Cognitive Virtual Reality Training
The University of South Florida men’s and women’s teams are the first NCAA tennis programs to partner with Sense Arena, a sports virtual reality company headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic. Yannick Yoshizawa, Sense Arena’s Vice President of Tennis, played at USF.
UChicago Repeats as Division III Women's Indoor Champions
University of Chicago captured its second straight title at the ITA Division III Women's National Team Indoor Championships with a 5-1 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the final. The Maroons ensured all four Division I and III champions at Indoors this year were repeat winners.
Case Western Defends DIII Men's National Indoor Title
Case Western Reserve University claimed its second straight ITA Division III Men’s Team Indoor National Championship title with a 5-1 win over No. 4 Washington University in Saint Louis at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter, Minnesota last Sunday.
TCU Secures Second Straight ITA National Indoor Title
TCU secured its second straight ITA Men's National Team Indoor title on Monday with a 4-0 win over in-state and conference rival Texas in Chicago. The Horned Frogs are the first repeat winners since Virginia in 2010-11.
UNC Women Win Historic Fourth Straight National Indoor Title
The University of North Carolina women prolonged their ITA Indoor National dynasty by beating Georgia 4-0 to capture their fourth straigtht title. UNC has won seven National Indoor titles, including five in the last six years and seven in the last decade.
Green Hopes to Inspire Change at Lane College
Venecca Green is hoping to promote change in her role as the new men's and women's head coach at Lane College, a Division II historically Black college in Tennessee. Green, a practicing lawyer, was hired after completing the USTA Fellowship in Tennis Coaching and Leadership program.
NEWS: NCAA Individual Championships Moving to Fall
The NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee on Wednesday approved a two-year pilot program to hold the Division I men's and women's individual tennis championships in the fall of 2024 and 2025. The team championships will remain in the spring.
Team USA Clinches Third Straight Title at Master'U Championships
Six college players from across the country joined forces to help Team USA capture its third straight title at the 2022 Master’U BNP Paribas Championships in Honfleur, France over the weekend. It was the first time the event was played since 2019.
Meet the Assistant: Georgia Tech's Alexis Casati
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 Georgia Tech's Alexis Casati.
From Columnist to Coach: Couch Lands Dream Job at Rose-Hulman
Greg Couch is a former award-winning sports columnist who worked for several prominent national publications. But after a career transition, he's now the head women's tennis coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a Division III program in Indiana.
Champions Crowned in DII, DIII, NAIA & Juco at ITA Cup
For the sixth consecutive year, the nation’s top singles and doubles players from the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Juco levels gathered at the Rome Tennis Park in Rome, Georgia earlier this month to take part in the 2022 ITA Cup.
Meet The New Coach: LSU's Danny Bryan
Danny Bryan left LSU to start his head coaching career, but his heart never left LSU. The former Tigers player and assistant coach is back in Baton Rouge as the new coach for the LSU men's tennis program.
North Carolina(s) and Georgia Star at ITA All-Americans
UNC's Fiona Crawley and Georgia's Ethan Quinn captured the singles titles at the ITA All-American Championships on Sunday in North Carolina and Oklahoma, respectfully. In doubles, N.C. State's Nell Miller and Amelia Rajecki and South Carolina's Toby Samuel and Connor Thomson made history.
Meet The New Coach: Cal State Fullerton's Trang Huynh-McClain
After spending the last four seasons as an assistant at Washington State and Kansas State, Trang Huynh-McClain has become a head coach for the first time. Huynh-McClain is taking over the Cal State Fullerton women's program.
Jamea Jackson's Journey Leads to Coaching Princeton
Becoming a coach was the furthest thing from Jamea Jackson's mind in 2003 when she embarked on a career in professional tennis at age 17. But once injuries ended her time on the court, Jackson discovered how much she enjoyed helping others. She was recently named the new women's coach at Princeton University.
Meet The New Coach: Montana State's Rob Bareford
After four successful seasons at Radford, Rob Bareford has moved west to become the new Montana State head men’s tennis coach and director of the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis. Bareford discusses his new role, his recruiting plans and how he spends his free time.
Coaching Corner: Ron Gendron Moves to Nichols College
After 16 years coaching the Bryant University men's program, Ron Gendron recently stepped down to become the new head coach for the men’s and women’s programs at Division III Nichols College. He discusses the move and his goals for the future.
Michigan Sweeps Singles Titles at ITA Summer Nationals
Junior Jacob Bickersteth defended his title and Julia Fliegner captured her first as the University of Michigan swept the men's and women's singles titles at the ITA Summer Nationals last week on the campus of Florida State.
New Coach Spotlight: GCU's Derek Siddiqui
The coaching carousel has been spinning in college tennis. Head coaches have switched jobs and assistants have received their first chance to lead programs. Find out more about Derek Siddiqui, the new men's head coach at Grand Canyon University.
LaPlante's Roots Grow Strong Over Four Decades at UCSD
Liz LaPlante has spent more than four decades as the women's head coach at UC San Diego. The San Diego native has led the program through transitions from Division III to Division II to Division I. As she inches closer to retirement, her passion for the college game remains strong.
Top College Players Recognized on ITA Collegiate All-Star Team
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association recently announced the 2022 ITA Collegiate All-Star team to honor the top players of the 2021-22 season across all divisions of college tennis. The nation's top-ranked players and national champions were among those honored across all divisions of college tennis.
Shelton, Stearns Highlight USTA Collegiate Summer Team
The USTA last week announced the top 10 American college players named to the USTA Collegiate Summer Team. Among the selections were NCAA Division I individual singles champions Ben Shelton of Florida and Peyton Stearns of Texas.
NCAA Contemplates Permanent Home for D1 Championships
Given the success in baseball and softball, would it make sense for tennis to find a permanent home for the NCAA Division I Championships? Coaches and officials explore the advantages and downsides to the idea along with insight about specific locations.
ITA Women's All-American Championships Moving to Cary
The ITA recently announced the ITA Women’s All-American Championships is moving to Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina. The agreement is for three years, beginning in the fall of 2022 and running through 2024. The University of North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State will serve as host institutions.
Texas's Stearns, Florida's Shelton Capture Division I Titles
Ben Shelton of Florida and Peyton Stearns of Texas faced multiple challenges at last week's NCAA Division I individual championships at the University of Illinois, yet they didn't deter the sophomores from earning singles championships and the US Open main draw wild cards that are traditionally awarded to American champions.
UChicago Men, CMS Women Capture NCAA Division III Titles
The University of Chicago men and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women captured the team titles at the NCAA Division III Championships on Wednesday at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida. UChicago became the first team in the school's history in any sport to capture a Division III team title.
Barry University Sweeps NCAA Division II Team Title
The Barry University men's and women's teams continued their mastery at the NCAA Division II Championships by winning both titles in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The men defeated Wayne State 4-1 and the women defeated Central Oklahoma 4-1.
UVA, Texas Capture NCAA Division I Team Titles
The Virginia men and Texas women captured the NCAA Division I national team titles on Sunday with victories over Kentucky and Oklahoma, respectively, in Champaign, Ill. The Longhorns defended their title and UVA won for the first time since 2017.
Chalk Prevails as Division I Reaches the Elite Eight
The NCAA Division I men's and women's championships will feature all the top seeds in the quarterfinals. The action shifts to Champaign, Ill., beginning Thursday with the men's quarterfinal matches. No Pac-12 Conference teams advanced in either draw.
NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Brackets Unveiled
The 2022 NCAA Division III men's and women's brackets were unveiled on Monday afternoon. They include 49 women's teams and 44 men's teams. Regional play begins this weekend and the championship final will be played on May 23-25 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
NCAA Roundtable: Dark Horse, National Champion Picks
The NCAA Division I men's and women's team championship begins this weekend across the country. Our panel of experts tackled a few questions about the tournament fields before all the action begins. Part II features dark horse candidates and national champion selections.
NCAA Roundtable: Season Storylines and Super Regionals
The NCAA Division I men's and women's team championship begins this weekend across the country. Our panel of experts tackled a few questions about the tournament fields before all the action begins. Part I features regular-season storylines and Super Regional hopefuls.
TCU, UNC Earn Top Seeds in NCAA Division I Championships
The 2022 NCAA Division I men's and women's championship brackets were released on Monday. TCU was awarded the No. 1 seed in the men's draw and North Carolina was the No. 1 seed in the women's draw. The first and second rounds takes place this weekend.
Meet The Assistant: Tufts' Nick White
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 Tufts' Nick White.
Meet The Assistant: UTSA's Cullen Dees
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 UTSA's Cullen Dees.
UChicago Stages Improbable Rally to Win First National Indoor Title
The University of Chicago stormed back from the brink of defeat to capture the program's first ITA Division III Women's National Indoor title on Sunday in Kentucky. The third-seeded Maroons trailed No. 1 Emory 4-0 before rallying for the 5-4 win.
Barry Women Capture ITA Division II Team National Indoor Title
Top-seeded Barry University defeated No. 3 Central Oklahoma 4-0 on Monday to capture the ITA Division II Women's National Team Indoor Championship at the Edmond Center Court in Oklahoma. The victory came one week after the Barry men captured the title.
Case Western Clinches First Indoor Title in Program History
The Case Western Reserve University men captured the first ITA Division III National Team Indoor title in program history with a 5-1 victory over No. 6 University of Chicago on Sunday at the Mayfield Village Racquet Club in Mayfield, Ohio.
Barry Breaks Through To Win First National Indoor Title
Barry University captured its first ITA Division II Men’s National Team Indoor championship with a 4-3 win over No. 1 Columbus State last Sunday at the UIndy Tennis Center in Indianapolis. CSU had captured the only other two Indoor titles in the event's three-year history.
Horned Frogs Clinch Historic Indoor National Title Win
The TCU men captured the first national title in program history on Monday, beating Tennessee 4-1 in the final of the ITA Team Indoor National Championship in Seattle, Washington. Freshman Pedro Vives rallied from an early break in the third set to clinch the win for TCU.
North Carolina Completes Three-Peat at ITA National Indoors
The North Carolina women won their third straight ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Monday by beating Oklahoma 4-2 in the final in Madison, Wisconsin. The Sooners were making their first trip to the Indoors in program history.
Meet The Assistant: Utah's Blair Shankle
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 Utah's Blair Shankle.
University of Saint Mary Prepares to Launch New Programs
The University of St. Mary is launching men's and women's tennis programs to begin play in the 2022-23 academic year. The NAIA school in Kansas has hired Hunter Clark as the head coach for both programs. Clark, 26, grew up in Kansas and played at UMKC.
EKU Reinstates Men's and Women's Tennis Programs
After a three-year absence, Eastern Kentucky is reinstating the university’s men's and women's tennis programs. The Colonels will resume competing in the fall of 2022 as a member of the ASUN Conference.
Meet The Assistant: Villanova's Arsenio Jay Culver
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 Villanova's Arsenio Jay Culver.
A Day In The Life: Pepperdine's Shiori Fukuda
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of Pepperdine's Shiori Fukuda.
Program History Made at ITA All-American Championships
Florida's Ben Shelton, South Carolina's Sarah Hamner and Wake Forest's Anna Brylin and Brooke Killingsworth made history by winning titles at the ITA All-American Championships over the weekend in Oklahoma and South Carolina.
Meet The Assistant: Santa Cruz's Jack Ventura Cruess
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 Santa Cruz's Jack Ventura Cruess.
Clearer Outlook: Cloud Quickly Goes From Tennessee to SMU
After the Tennessee coaching staff encouraged Louis Cloud to pursue other options, the incoming freshman quickly found a landing spot at SMU. Cloud only had a few days to drive to Dallas and get admitted to the school, but he made it work.
Meet The Assistant: Ohio State's Justin Kronauge
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 Ohio State's Justin Kronauge.
USTA Announces 2021 Collegiate Summer Team
The USTA announced the 10 American college players named to the 2021 USTA Collegiate Summer Team, a training program designed to help America’s best college players assimilate to professional tennis in a team-oriented environment.
Emory Men and Women Sweep NCAA Division III Team Titles
The Emory men's and women's teams swept the NCAA Division III team titles on Wednesday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Amid scorching heat, the women made quick work of defending champion Wesleyan while the men grinded out a victory over Case Western Reserve.
Barry University Men and Women Sweep NCAA Division II Titles
The Barry University men’s and women’s teams captured the NCAA Division II Championships. It marked the second time in school history both teams brought the championship trophy home to Miami Shores, Florida. That feat was also accomplished in 2019, the last time the championships were held because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Florida Men, Texas Women Capture NCAA Team Titles
The Florida men and Texas women captured the team titles at the NCAA Division I Championships on Saturday night at the USTA National Tennis Center in Lake Nona, Florida. The title was the first in Florida program history and the third for Texas.
Pepperdine, Florida Book Historic Spots in NCAA Title Match
The Pepperdine women and Florida men have secured their first-ever spots in the NCAA championship match. The top-seeded Gators will play No. 2 Baylor in the final on Saturday night while No. 5 Pepperdine, which upset No. 1 UNC, plays No. 2 Texas.
SEC vs. Big 12 in the NCAA Division I Men's Final Four
The seeds held true to form to set up a Big 12 vs. SEC Final Four in the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships. No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Baylor, No. 3 Tennessee and No. 4 Texas all registered victories on Thursday to move one step away from a chance to capture a national title.
Pepperdine, NC State Women Make History in NCAAs
Pepperdine and NC State recorded milestone wins on Wednesday by advancing to the first Final Four each program's history at the NCAA Division I Women's Championships. Joining them in the semifinals are No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Texas. Pepperdine outlasted UCLA in an epic dual under the lights.
Elite Eight Matches Set for NCAA Division I Championships
The Elite Eight matchups are set for the men and women in the NCAA Division I Championships in Lake Nona, Florida. The women's team dual matches will be played on Wednesday and the men's matches on Thursday at the USTA National Tennis Center.
Where the Sweet 16 American Men Rated Before College
The Sweet 16 is set for the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships. Play begins on Monday at the USTA Tennis Center in Lake Nona, Florida. How were the American players on each roster rated entering college? Find out.
Where the Sweet 16 American Women Rated Before College
The Sweet 16 is set for the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships. Play begins on Sunday at the USTA Tennis Center in Lake Nona, Florida. How were the American players on each roster rated entering college? Find out.
NCAA Division III Championship Team Selections Revealed
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.
NCAA Division I Roundtable: Potential Upsets, Title Predictions
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.
NCAA Division I Roundtable: COVID's Impact and Season Storylines
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
University of St. Joseph Prepares to Launch Men's Program
The University of St. Joseph has added men's tennis, but had to push back the start to next year because of coronavirus. Hometown head coach Craig Davidson is busy trying to recruit players to fill out a roster at the Division III school in West Hartford, Connecticut.
ITA Fall Tour Features 10 Weeks of Regional Competition
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has introduced a new 10-week fall tour that begins today at 11 sites throughout the country, with over 160 additional tournaments scheduled through November. The events are open to any player — junior, college or professional.
NJCU Launches Return of Tennis Amid a Pandemic
New Jersey City University remained committed to bringing back men's and women's tennis this year despite the global health pandemic. Nick Margiasso was hired in April to try and build both rosters with significant hurdles to overcome.
UCLA's Jada Hart is Helping Bruins Learn More About Voting
UCLA redshirt senior Jada Hart is helping her teammates learn more about the upcoming election as part of UCLA's Voting Matters Initiative. Hart and sophomore Abbey Forbes were selected to represent the women's tennis team during a tumultous time in the country.
Iowa Freshman Dixit Left Searching After Iowa Cuts Program
Freshman Rudra Dixit was on campus for less than a week before the University of Iowa announced it was cutting the men's tennis program following the 2020-21 season. The former three-star from Kansas is now left searching for a new home to play tennis in college.
Late Mother Inspires Woodson's Coaching Journey to Baylor
Michael Woodson's mother was killed by a drunk driver during his senior year of college. His grief led him into the coaching profession and he fell in love. Woodson was recently promoted to interim head coach at Baylor with a promising chance to remain in the position.
Striplin Lynch Gets First Head Coaching Opportunity at Clemson
Christy Striplin Lynch was waiting for the right opportunity to become a head coach. The former Georgia Tech player and assistant has been given the chance at Clemson. She was named the fourth head coach in women's program history.
Mucci Bounces Back From Cut Quickly, Lands Norfolk State Job
Mike Mucci was left without a job after less than a year at Southern Utah University when the women's program was cut in June. But he bounced back quickly by getting hired to lead the men's and women's programs at Norfolk State University.
Heaven Keeps The Faith, Gets Transfer Opportunity At Liberty
Zion Heaven was surprised when Appalachian State cut the men's tennis program. The rising junior hoped he could find a new school to continue his college career. In what seems like a perfect match, Heaven has signed with Liberty as a transfer.
Tsoubanos Completes Journey To Head Coach At Vanderbilt
Aleke Tsoubanos has been preparing to become the women's head coach at Vanderbilt for several years. It became official last week, with Tsoubanos replacing Geoff MacDonald. The promotion completes a rise that began for Tsoubanos as a player for the Commodores.
North Carolina Central Men Honored For Community Service
At a time when the nation is roiled in protests over racism and social injustice issues, the North Carolina Central University men's tennis team was honored as the national ITA Community Service Award winner for Division I men. The HBCU program accumulated 556 hours of community service during the 2019-20 season.
ITA's Summer Circuit Stays On Schedule
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the ITA still plans to hold its Summer Circuit events in the coming months. Health and safety guidelines will be enforced and other changes will be made to help more matches get played.
ECU Cuts Programs, Leaves Recruit Searching For New Options
Christopher Johns was excited about starting his college tennis career at East Carolina University in the fall. But after ECU cut both tennis programs last week, Johns is now scrambling to find a new college option in a tight window.
Llona Is The "Brick" That Launched Saint Michael's Rebuild
Ivan Llona was recruited from a high school match to help change the fortunes of the Saint Michael's men's program. After thinking he would never play college tennis, the Vermont native has become the "brick" of the rebuild.
CMS Senior Organizes Donations to Help Medical Facilities
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior Anastasia Bryan-Ajania initiated a donation drive among athletic programs and science departments to collect personal protective equipment for medical facilities. She is encouraging other colleges to do the same to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NCAA Grants Waiver For All Spring Sport Athletes To Return
The NCAA Division I Council has approved a blanket waiver to give all spring sport athletes, which includes tennis players, whose season was abruptly canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.
NCAA Takes Major Financial Hit and More Could Be Coming
The NCAA has suffered big financial losses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic resulting in the NCAA basketball tournament being canceled. There could be much harder hits coming if the football season is impacted.
Emory's Spring Break Trip Ends in Uncertainty For All
The Emory women's tennis team was on a spring break trip to Florida when the Eagles found out their season was canceled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Head coach Amy Bryant is still trying to come to grips with the new reality and uncertain future.
Diaz Reaches Record-Breaking Milestone at Georgia
Georgia's Manny Diaz became the all-time winningest men's head coach in Southeastern Conference history on March 1st when Georgia defeated Ohio State. Diaz passed his former coach and mentor, Dan Magill, with win No. 707 and has already added more. He reflects on the milestone's meaning.
A Day In The Life: Howard's Dominique Jackson
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of Howard's Dominique Jackson.
Heart Awareness Match Has Personal Meaning at Colgate
Colgate tennis is holding its fourth annual Heart Awareness Match on Feb. 23 to raise money for the Golisano Children's Hospital. The match means a lot to head coach Bobby Pennington, whose son, Clifford, underwent lifesaving heart surgery as a newborn.
A Day In The Life: Georgia Gwinnett's Valentino Caratini
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of juggling practices, matches and classes. Welcome to A Day In The Life of Georgia Gwinnett's Valentino Caratini.
Mortera Navigates First Recruiting Period for Ute Women
Ric Mortera was hired to lead the Utah women’s program on June 28th. Like nearly all first-year coaches, he knew some patience would be required for his first signing class. The Utes haven't signed anyone for 2020 yet, but are hoping two players can become the perfect fits.
Nott Begins New Chapter at UT-Rio Grande Valley
After starting his coaching career with a Power Five conference program, West Nott has returned to college tennis with a program more removed from the national spotlight. Nott has taken over as the women's head coach at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
Wyoming's Clower Hasn't Let MS Impact His Coaching Climb
Wyoming women's coach Dean Clower was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 23. But Clower never let it hinder his dreams. He credits two coaches for saving his life and keeping him motivated to excel in the profession.
Bailey Finds Another Head Coaching Opportunity at Charlotte
Kyle Bailey was waiting for another chance to become a head coach. He saw a great opportunity for growth at Charlotte, and took over the men's program earlier this month. The former South Carolina assistant has relied on key mentors to help him reach his goals.
Backed By Players, Whitlinger Promoted to Furman Head Coach
The Furman men's players wrote emails and met with administrators championing the promotion of J.J. Whitlinger to head coach of the program. The support helped boost Whitlinger's spirits during the long coaching search process, which ended with him getting his first chance to be a head coach.
Anghelescu Empowered to Become Penn State's Head Coach
Alexandra Anghelescu attended a WeCOACH conference in Denver right before she interviewed for the Penn State women's head coaching job this summer. The experience gave her confidence she was ready to lead a program.
Sheehy, Rogers Capture ITA National Summer Titles
Seniors Jonathan Sheehy of Abilene Christian University and Anna Rogers of N.C. State captured the singles titles at the ITA National Summer Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Sheehy also teamed with Texas Tech's Parker Wynn to win the doubles title.
Centenari Returns to Alma Mater Dartmouth as Head Coach
Xander Centenari didn't waste any time changing green shirts to recruit. The former team captain has returned to his alma mater to become the head men's coach at Dartmouth. Centenari spent the last two seasons as an assistant at South Florida.
New Job, New Baby: DePaul's Arce Juggles Major Life Changes
Marisa Arce was worried how DePaul would react when she applied for the women's head coaching job while seven months pregnant. Administrators quickly put her mind at ease, and hired Arce to take over the program. The Illinois native is moving closer to home with her growing family.
Architecture and Outdoor Adventures for RPI's Lubin
Tess Lubin is taking advantage of her time at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by filling her summer with career opportunities and adventure. The rising senior is interning at an architecture firm in Chicago and will be going off the grid in August to install a project for an island community in Maine.
Nevolo, Folland Ready to Lead SMU Women to New Heights
Jeff Nevolo always viewed the SMU women's program as a sleeping giant. The former South Carolina assistant jumped at the chance to interview once the job came open. Nevolo was named the head coach this month, and hired former USC player Brigit Folland as his assistant.
Juniors, College, Pros: Nanda Thrives on Three Levels
Govind Nanda is juggling multiple levels by competing in junior, college and professional events. Nanda just finished his freshman season at UCLA and plans to return in January to compete for the Bruins again. Colette Lewis caught up with Nanda at Wimbledon for a Q&A.
Weiss Embraces Long-Awaited Opportunity at Clemson
Robbie Weiss wasn't sure if he would ever get a chance to return to college coaching. But a cold call started the wheels in motion, and the former NCAA singles champion was recently hired as the new head coach for the Clemson men.
Lilley Makes the Climb to Auburn Head Coach
Caroline Lilley was scaling Mount Rainier when she got the call asking her to come for an in-person interview at Auburn for the vacant women's head coach opening. The Kansas assistant was ready to make the climb up the coaching ranks, and was hired in June.
Saint Francis Men's Program in Urgent Need of Recruits
The Saint Francis men's program was reinstated on June 14 after being suspended for the 2018-19 season. New head coach Lisa Swope is in a mad dash to fill the entire Division I roster before the upcoming fall season begins.
Coastal Carolina is 'Dream Job' For Hometown Coach
Catherine Hewitt had never coached in college tennis before applying to become the head coach at Coastal Carolina in 2011. The job had a special meaning for Hewitt. It was her hometown school. She is a Conway, South Carolina native. Find out more about Hewitt in this month's "Meet The Coach."
Wesleyan's Double Yus Make a Great Team
Sisters Victoria and Kristina helped Wesleyan capture the program's first NESCAC title and NCAA Division III Team title this season. Victoria, a senior, and Kristina, a freshman, played doubles together for the Cardinals, winning pivotal matches in the NCAA semifinal and championship matches.
Emory Sweeps NCAA Division III Singles Titles
Emory's Jonathan Jemison and Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico won the NCAA Division III men's and women's singles titles at Kalamazoo College’s Stowe Stadium. Bowdoin's Grant Urken and Yangeng (Jerry) Jiang won the men's doubles title while Catherine Allen and Caroline Cox of CMS were the women's doubles champions.
Jubb, Perez-Somarriba Capture NCAA Division I Titles
South Carolina junior Paul Jubb became the first player in program history - and the first British player in NCAA history - to capture the NCAA Division I men's singles title on Saturday at the USTA National Tennis Center in Florida. Miami junior Estela Perez-Somarriba won the women's singles title while UCLA swept the doubles titles.
Wesleyan Women, Emory Men Claim NCAA Division III Championships
The NCAA Division III champions crowned Wednesday at Kalamazoo
College's Stowe Stadium featured a new face and a perennial contender,
with the Wesleyan women earning the program's first NCAA team title
with a 5-4 win over defending champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and the
Emory men defeating top seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5-3 for their
fifth team title and second in three years.
Texas Men Brush Aside Distractions, Capture First NCAA Title
The Texas men completed a title run straight out of a movie script by defeating Wake Forest on Sunday to capture the program's first NCAA team championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Lake Nona, Florida. The Stanford women defended their team title with a win over Georgia.
A Day In The Life: CMS Freshman Nic Meister
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of CMS freshman Nic Meister.
Gore's Begging Nets Role on Tennis Channel's NCAA Coverage
Tennis Channel is providing the most televised coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Championships in the event's history. Play-by-play announcer Sam Gore did everything possible to ensure he was part of the broadcast crew.
CMS Programs Take Aim at NCAA Division III Titles
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s and women’s teams arrive in Kalamazoo next Monday for the NCAA Division III quarterfinals as the top seeds, with each having just one loss on the season. But the teams that delivered those losses have also earned their way the Elite Eight.
Failure and Suffering Help South Carolina Reach Elite Eight
The South Carolina women have used past failures to achieve present success. The Gamecocks captured the SEC Tournament title for the first time in program history this year, and play Duke in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals on Friday.
A Day In The Life: MIT Sophomore Megan Guenther
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of MIT sophomore Megan Guenther.
Mentors Available Through College Tennis Alumni Network
The College Tennis Alumni Network launched last week, with more than 900 members joining in the first 36 hours. The network includes a mentorship program, which pairs former players with college seniors and recent graduates to help guide them through their transition into the working world.
Super Regionals: What to Know About the Sweet 16
All eight top seeds advanced to the Sweet 16 in both the men's and women's bracket of the NCAA Division I Championships. They will be hosting matches on Friday or Saturday as part of the new Super Regional format. The winners will earn a ticket to the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando to play for the national title.
A Day In The Life: Cal Senior Maria Smith
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of Cal senior Maria Smith.
NCAA Tournament: Dark Horses, Upsets and Overall Champions
It's finally time. The NCAA Tournament begins today on campuses across the country. Which teams are the dark horses? Who might spring an upset? What programs will be holding the trophy at the very end? We answer those questions in Part 2 of our NCAA Roundtable.
NCAA Tournament: Storylines and Super Regional Debut
The NCAA Tournament draws have been released and the first-round matches begin on Friday at campuses across the country. What were the best storylines from the regular season? How will the new Super Regional format pan out? We answer those questions in Part 1 of our annual NCAA Roundtable.
A Day In The Life: Ohio State's JJ Wolf
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of Ohio State's JJ Wolf.
NJCU Adding Division III Men's and Women's Programs
New Jersey City University is adding men's and women's tennis programs, beginning at the club level in 2019-20 and elevating to full varsity status for the fall of 2020. The programs will join the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
Letters of Support Surprise, Hearten K-State's Smith
Members of the Kansas State women's team wrote letters of support for Jordan Smith when he was in the running for a promotion to become the head coach. It was a happy surprise for Smith, who sprung his own surprise on the players. Find out more in this month's "Meet The Coach."
Columbia Players Create FAST to Support Female Athletes
Columbia women's tennis players Paulina Ferrari and Caitie Sullivan wanted to find a way to support and empower female athletes on campus. They started FAST - Female Athletes Standing Together. The organization has expanded quickly and attracted female athletes from a wide array of sports.
Texas Dismisses Center Amid Bribing Scheme Fallout
Texas men's coach Michael Center was dismissed from his position on Wednesday after 18 seasons at the helm following his alleged involvement in a widespread college admissions bribing scheme. Texas' 2019 recruits are still trying to process the news like everyone else.
Emory Women Capture Third Straight ITA Indoor Title
The second-seeded Emory women captured their third straight ITA Division III National Team Indoor championship on Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 victory over top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Emory has won five Indoor titles overall in six appearances.
Getting To Know UCLA's Maxime Cressy
Maxime Cressy doesn't lack confidence. The UCLA senior has risen to No. 1 in the singles lineup for the Bruins, and expects a similar trajectory on the professional tour. Cressy sat down at ITA Indoors for Q&A to discuss his style of play and his future goals.
UChicago Men Break Through To Win Historic Title
The University of Chicago men captured the first ITA Division III National Team Indoor title in program history on Sunday, defeating three-time defending champion Emory 5-3 in Cleveland, Ohio. Emory had eliminated UChicago the previous three years.
Wingate Sets the Expectation for Sexual Assault Awareness
The Wingate tennis program is hosting an event on Saturday when it plays Mars Hill to edcuate high school kids about sexual assault and domestic abuse. The men's players were inspired to help after hearing activist Brenda Tracy speak on campus last October.
Cepeda Uses Wilderness Therapy to Improve Coaching
Williams College women's head coach Anik Cepeda spent two years away from tennis working as a senior field instructor at Evoke Wilderness Therapy. The experience helped Cepeda gain a different perspective that is benefitting her players.
Top-Seeded Ohio State Captures Title
Top-seeded Ohio State clinched the ITA National Men's Team Indoor title with a 4-2 victory over defending champion Wake Forest on Monday in Chicago. The Buckeyes avenged last year's loss to Wake Forest in the NCAA final.
From the Same Inner City Program to College Head Coaches
They were molded by the same inner city program in Chicago, learning how to play tennis and give back to others. Autumn Williams, Tayo Bailey-Duvall and Gabrielle Moore are now college head coaches and role models for other young black girls.
Kentucky's Canadian Class Carries on a Memory
The Kentucky men have signed three Canadian recruits in their 2019 class. They are all connected by a photo and a former Kentucky All-American who left his mark on the program and the players before his tragic death.
Authenticity Is Important to Missouri Western's Shawn Becker
Missouri Western women's coach Shawn Becker is gay. He's never tried to hide his sexual orientation, and encourages his players to be comfortable in their own skin. Becker discusses his career path and LGBTQ issues in college tennis in this month's "Meet The Coach."
College Tennis Takes Center Stage at the Australian Open
College tennis took center stage on Tuesday at the Australian Open, with the University of Southern California and South Carolina meeting in historic dual matches while Virginia graduate Danielle Collins advanced to the semifinals of women's singles.
College Bypassed in ITF World Tennis Tour Pathway
Conspicuously absent from the International Tennis Federation’s World Tennis Tour was any reference to college tennis's place in the new system. What does that mean for college players? How will that impact college programs? Colette Lewis explores the issues.
EMU Starts Rebuilding Process After Program Reinstated
The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team is scrambling to find players and matches for the spring season after the program was reinstated two weeks ago following a lawsuit. Jayson Wiseman was re-hired as the head coach, providing a steady paycheck again for the father of nine.
Team USA Captures Master'U BNP Paribas Title
The United States captured its eighth title in 10 years at the Master'U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Competition last weekend. Florida's Oliver Crawford and Pepperdine's Ashley Leahy each won three singles matches in three days to help the Americans.
Brain Tumor Doesn't Keep Oberg From Playing at Portland
Days after signing his National Letter of Intent last year to play for the University of Portland, Nicklas Oberg received jarring news. Doctors found a tumor in his brain. The Texas native spent the next few months in a battle far greater than a tennis match.
A Teacher at Hart: Get To Know Washington State's Coach
Washington State women's head coach Lisa Hart wanted to be an elementary school teacher. But after being offered an assistant coaching job at her alma mater, she fell in love with the profession. Hart combines both passions in guiding her programs.
College of Charleston Honored for Community Service
The College of Charleston women's team won a $1,000 ITA grant for performing the most hours of community service in October. The Cougars made blankets for babies, visited pet shelters, raised money for St. Jude's and worked with Special Olympians among their many activities.
Chinese Coaches Study College Tennis at Arizona State
The Federation of University Sports of China— the Chinese equivalent of the NCAA—has sent 25 coaches to Arizona State’s campus in Tempe this semester to learn what it takes to develop players at the Division I level.
Texas Tech's Masi Inspired By Wife's Cancer Battle
Texas Tech men's head coach Brett Masi can point to his wife as an example of resiliency for his players. She battled cancer twice and is now in remission. Learn more about Masi and his background in this month's "Meet The Coach."
Evacuated UNCW Programs Give Back to Community
The University of North Carolina Wilmington tennis programs were forced to evacuate when Hurricane Florence hit. They spent more than three weeks away from campus before returning to practice on Monday. During their evacuation, they volunteered through the Red Cross to try and give back to the community and help residents.
Bickford Hits the Ground Running at William & Mary
Toni Bickford was hired last week as the women's head coach at William & Mary. Although the late start is not ideal, Bickford is using the late start as motivation to work even harder. The former Iowa star wants to prolong the Tribe's legacy of success.
Garay is Getting a Second Chance to Pursue His College Dream
Former five-star Christian Garay didn't make academics a priority during his junior career and couldn't fulfill his dream of playing college tennis. But the 22-year-old has worked to earn a second chance as a 22-year-old freshman this season on the Point University men's team.
Kulikov is the Quarterback of USC Women's Tennis
Angela Kulikov loves playing quarterback in football nearly as much as she loves playing tennis. The USC junior began coaching her brother when she was sidelined with an injury, and has remained a student of the quarterbacking game ever since. She was recently recruited to play in a women's flag football league.
Division III Gets This Year's Hall of Fame Invitation
For the first time in the event's short history, Division III teams have been asked to participate in this year's Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational on September 14-16 in Newport, Rhode Island. Four men's programs and four women's programs from different colleges will be represented in the field.
Gratitude Helps Pollock Rise to New Butler Men's Coach
Daniel Pollock started playing tennis on a court with caution tape for a net. Having come from a working-class family in the United Kingdom, Pollock was grateful for the opportunity to play college tennis and study in the United States. The new Butler men's head coach is trying to provide the same experience for his players.
Oracle Grant Money Paying Dividends for Former College Stars
The financial stress of playing on the pro tour can be a burden for players transitioning from the college ranks. Mackenzie McDonald, Danielle Collins, Chris Eubanks and Francesca Di Lorenzo were given some relief with a $100,000 grant as recipients of the Oracle U.S. Tennis Awards. The former college stars have put the money to good use.
ITA Preparing to Launch College Tennis Alumni Network
The ITA is preparing to launch the College Tennis Alumni Network, an initiative designed to connect former college players, keep the fan base engaged and help grow and support college programs. Players and coaches can fill out a survey to provide feedback on how the network can serve their needs.
Van Emburgh Beats Deadline, Opponents at ITA Championships
Jake Van Emburgh barely beat the deadline to enter the Oracle ITA National Summer Championships. The Oklahoma rising sophomore ended up winning the whole event, not dropping a single set on his run to the men's singles title last week at TCU's Bayard Friedman Tennis Center.
Silverio Finds Spiritual Coaching Connection at Notre Dame
Alison Silverio grew up in the Midwest watching the movie Rudy and imagining herself playing at Notre Dame. She didn't play for the Fighting Irish, but she was just hired as the program's new head coach. The Ohio native spent the last four seasons in the same role at Oregon.
Injuries Didn't Dampen Lipman's Love for Tennis
Chronic hip injuries ended any hope of a professional playing career for Ryan Lipman. But the Vanderbilt All-American has remained involved in the sport as an assistant coach at his alma mater and through a new website, Tennis Takes, he started with his brothers.
Maymi Brings Diverse Coaching Background to Nebraska
New Nebraska men's head coach Sean Maymi has been on staffs at nearly every level of college tennis and coached players from the juniors to the pros. He hopes the wide-ranging background serves him well in his first chance running his own program.
Dolehide Makes Swift Ascent to Head Coach at Georgetown
Courtney Dolehide was named the head men's and women's coach at Georgetown University this week. The former UCLA team captain was promoted after one year as an assitant for both programs. She's only 26 and is pursuing her MBA while coaching.
Fourmidable: Wesleyan's Chong Makes NCAA History
Wesleyan senior Eudice Chong etched her name in NCAA history last month after capturing her fourth Division III singles title. Chong is the only tennis player - man or woman - to win four NCAA singles titles. She will receive the NCAA Division III Honda Award tonight.
Steinberg Ready To Elevate Colorado's Program
Former Kansas State women's head coach Danielle Steinberg was hired to the same position at the University of Colorado on Tuesday. Colorado was on Steinberg's "short list" of jobs she coveted because of the program's potential and Pac-12 Conference affiliation.
From Student Manager to Head Coach, Chen Completes Climb
Having started as a student manager at UCLA in 2001, Grant Chen gradually worked his way up the coaching ladder through his passion and dedication. The 36-year-old received his first head coaching job last week when SMU hired Chen to run the men's program.
Hayley Carter Reignites Her Passion For Playing
After a year spent coaching at Oklahoma State, Hayley Carter has decided to return to playing and pursue a professional career. The former University of North Carolina star was worn down by physical and emotional stress once she graduated. But coaching helped Carter rediscover her love for tennis.
Teams Are On The Clock For ITA Kick-Off Weekend Draft
The ITA Kick-Off Weekend Draft will be held this week in a Facebook Live format with an upgraded draft board. The men's draft will be held on Wednesday followed by the women's draft on Thursday. Teams will be selecting where they want to start the dual-match season in January.
Able and Robinson Help Georgia Gwinnett Extend Dominance
As the only two Americans in the program, Emerald Able and Gabrielle Robinson played key roles in helping the Georgia Gwinnett women capture the NAIA national title for the third straight season. The Grizzlies swept the titles yet again, with the men winning their fifth straight.
CMS Women Make History With NCAA Division III Title
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women won their first NCAA Division III title in program history on Wednesday with a 5-4 victory over No. 1 Emory at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. The Athenas are the first Division III women's program to win the title on their home courts.
Middlebury Men Capture NCAA Division III Team Title
Senior Kyle Schlanger came through with clutch wins to help the Middlebury College men's tennis team capture the NCAA Division III title on Wednesday afternoon with a thrilling 5-3 victory over Bowdoin in Claremont, California.
Stanford Women, Wake Forest Men Capture NCAA Titles
The Stanford women and Wake Forest men captured the NCAA Division I team titles on Tuesday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. No. 15-seeded Stanford defeated No. 1 Vanderbilt 4-3 for the program's 19th NCAA title while No. 1 Wake Forest captured its first NCAA title with a 4-2 win over No. 3 Ohio State.
Vanderbilt and Stanford Meet For NCAA Women's Title
Top-seeded Vanderbilt and No. 15 Stanford will play for the NCAA Division I women's title on Tuesday afternoon while top-seeded Wake Forest and No. 3 Ohio State will play at night in a meeting of programs both searching for their first NCAA men's title.
After Army Stint, Botzer Grateful for Opportunity at Wake Forest
Bar Botzer spent three years serving in the Israeli Army before arriving at Wake Forest this season. The 24-year-old freshman is hoping to help the host and top-seeded Demon Deacons capture the first NCAA Division I Championship in program history.
UNC's Makenna Jones Bounces Back With Big Season
One year after being taken out of the lineup, University of North Carolina sophomore Makenna Jones is playing No. 1 singles for the Tar Heels and ranked No. 2 in the nation. No. 2 seed UNC plays No. 15 Stanford in a blockbuster Round of 16 match at the NCAA Championships on Thursday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
NCAA Roundtable: Upsets and Predictions
The NCAA Division I men's and women's tournaments get underway today at campuses across the nation. In Part 2 of our Roundtable, our panel provides a look at some potential dark horses and predicts which teams will be holding the trophy in the end.
NCAA Roundtable: Major Storylines and Best NCAA Venues
The NCAA Division I men's and women's tournament brackets have been released, and now it's time to dig deeper and find out what are the best matchups, the best venues and the best storylines. We are providing a comprehensive breakdown with some of the top college contributors from around the country. Find out what they have to say in Part 1 of our NCAA Roundtable.
Vanderbilt Repeats as SEC Tournament Champions
The Vanderbilt women's tennis team defeated Florida 4-0 on Sunday afternoon to capture its second straight SEC tournament title. The final was televised live on the SEC Network for the first time in history.
Tennis Keeps Smiths Close Together at USC
USC men's coach Peter Smith wanted his three boys to play tennis so he could be more involved in their lives. He never imagined they might play for him in college one day. Tanner and Riley are members of the USC team while Colter, a junior in high school, will likely end up at USC.
Zaima's Recruiting Influence Lives on at UCLA
The UCLA women's tennis team is holding an alumni celebration this weekend, which will include a tribute to Bill Zaima. The first head coach in program history, Zaima died in 2016 from an illness. He recruited current head coach Stella Sampras Webster as a player and then as his successor. Zaima's influence remains strong within the program.
UC Davis Mines Southern California For Talent
The UC Davis men's tennis team has improved its results over the last few years by recruiting more players from Southern California. Head coach Eric Steidlmayer and assistant coach Mike Meyer made the territory a priority once they arrived at UC Davis in 2012.
Married Coaches Share A Love For Tennis, Each Other
Spending Valentine's Day together is part of the job for married couples coaching at the same school, and they wouldn't have it any other way. Their love for tennis is topped only by their love for each other, and they've created a true family atmosphere around their programs.
Boe-Wiegaard Takes The Helm At Sacred Heart
William Boe-Wiegaard was named the head coach for the Sacred Heart men’s and women’s tennis teams last September. As Boe-Wiegaard guides Sacred Heart through the first few dual matches, TRN correspondent Harry Cicma spoke to the former NCAA Division III national champion about entering the coaching ranks.
Marymount California Building For Tennis Programs Return
Marymount California University is adding men’s and women’s tennis programs, beginning in the 2018-19 season. Head coach Jamie Sanchez is actively recruiting players and wants "anyone and everyone" to call his cell phone if they are interested in playing.
Purdue Women Promote Unity Through Warm-Up Shirts
The Purdue women's tennis team is wearing warm-up shirts this season to help spread a message of unity. The black, long-sleeved shirts feature a word chosen by a each player that she believes can help make the world a better place.
Cal Endows Men's Head Coaching Position
The University of California, Berkeley received a $3 million endowment to fund the head men's coaching position for tennis. The position will be named the Peter Wright Director of Men's Tennis once current head coach Peter Wright decides to retire.
Emory Makes Memorable Trek To Thailand
The Emory women's tennis team recently took a two-week trip to Thailand that exposed them to new things and brought them closer together. Among their many excurisions was a memorable mountain trek to a hill tribe village to sleep in a bamboo hut.
Texas Tennis Finally Has a Place to Call Home Again
The University of Texas has a new home for its tennis programs. After spending the last three seasons playing at local parks and clubs, the Longhorns are set to debut the Texas Tennis Center, which features 12 outdoor courts, 1,500 seats, a sprawling weight room, locker rooms and a player's lounge.
Arizona State Men Begin a New Era
Nearly a decade after playing its last dual match, the Arizona State men's tennis team will take the court again on Saturday against Duke - the team the Sun Devils last played. ASU's men's program was disbanded in 2008 in a cost-cutting move by the university. After years of hope and hard work, the program is celebrating its reinstatement this weekend with former players.
Countdown: Talking D3 Recruiting With Chicago's Jay Tee
Colette Lewis sat down with Chicago coach Jay Tee to discuss the challenges of recruiting for a top Division III program at one of the country’s most respected academic institutions, how Division III recruiting timetables differ from those of Division I, and many other topics.
Thompson Twins Double As Head Coaches
After forming a strong doubles team at Notre Dame, twins Christian and Catrina Thompson are now Division I women's head coaches. Christian is in her fifth season at Denver and Catrina was recently hired to lead Minnesota.
Swain Jumps from D3 to USC
After presiding over a Division III tennis dynasty at Williams College, Alison Swain was named the head women's coach at USC. Her rare jump from Division III to a major Division I program is being tracked by many across the country.
Tennessee Coaches Share VFL Bond
Former Tennessee players Chris Woodruff and Alison Ojeda have returned to their alma mater to take their first head coaching jobs. The two have formed a tight bond that extends to their teams as they attempt to build the programs back into national contenders again.
Tragedy Provided O'Leary With Perspective
The Columbine High shootings hit close to home for Colorado native
Sara O'Leary. The new Virginia women's coach places a high value on
relationships and personal development with her teams.
Eliminate the Scholarships, Save the Program
Over the past few years, there has been an alarming pattern of NCAA
Division I mid-major programs being cut, and I feel that these
decisions are both shortsighted and highly preventable. I understand
that these are complicated decisions, but there is one solution to
keeping programs alive, improving college prospects for US tennis
players, and increasing involvement from the university and local
community: Eliminate the scholarships.
Andy and Chris Brandi Take the Reins at LSU
Andy Brandi has accomplished just about everything there is to
accomplish as a college tennis coach. He has the national titles, the
Hall of Fame credentials and the historical winning percentage. But
there was one thing still missing. It was something he talked at
length about with his son, Chris, when they discussed a potential
return to college tennis. He wanted to have his son by his side,
and he will as Andy and Chris Brandi become co-head coaches at LSU.
Getting to Know NCAA Champion Brienne Minor
Unseeded Brienne Minor of the University of Michigan achieved
All-America status for the second straight year by winning her first
two matches in the NCAA singles tournament. She she went on to win four
more matches - eventually defeating No. 6 seed Belinda Woolcock of
Florida 6-3, 6-3 in the final to become the first Michigan woman and
the first African-American woman to claim the most prestigious title
in Division I Tennis.
Cavaliers Send Boland Out in Style
What a wild and crazy week it was in Athens - with one match after
another going down to the wire. But when the dust finally settled and
the umbrellas were put away, Virginia had won its third straight NCAA
Florida Gators Validate Top Seed at Florida Gators Validate Top at NCAA Women's Championship
Last year, Stanford shocked the world by becoming the lowest-ranked
team to win an NCAA team title. This year, Stanford was the No. 7 seed
when they faced No. 1 Florida who had won the ITA National Indoor
title. Florida lived up to its No. 1 seeding in the tournament, taking
out Vanderbilt for the first time this season in the Final Four before
winning a 4-1 match over the Cardinal.
Patrick McEnroe Talks College Tennis
Patrick McEnroe knows he's best known as the younger brother of John
McEnroe, but he has something big brother doesn't have - a college
degree. McEnroe helped Stanford University, as team captain, win the
NCAA team championship in 1986 and 1988. His Stanford degree is in
business, and he is an avid fan of college tennis. McEnroe talked with
contributor Rick Limpert about college tennis before last month's NCAA
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part II
The NCAA Division I Tennis Championships start today. The top men's
and women's college tennis programs face off in first-round action across
the country, with all teams competing for tickets to Athens, Georgia, and a
spot in the Sweet 16. Check out insights from our college tennis
contributors - and see who they picked as champions.
Macdonald has Commodores Ready for a Run
Vanderbilt is in the midst of a historical season on the West End. The
Commodores won the SEC regular-season and tournament titles in the
same year for the first time in program history. Seeded fourth
overall in the NCAA, Vanderbilt (20-5) will host host Washington,
Clemson and SIUE this wekend in Nashville. The last time Vanderbilt
was seeded No. 4 was in 2015 - when the Commodores won the program's
only national championship.
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part I
This weekend, the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships get underway.
64 men's and women's college tennis teams will head to campus venues
around the country to compete in first- and second-round action. The
winners will make up the Sweet 16 and head to Athens, Georgia, to compete
for the team title. Today, our college tennis contributors preview
the "Big Dance" of college tennis.
Rome Gets High Marks for ACC Tennis Championships
Record attendance, finals that came down to the last match and players
gushing over their experience in Rome, Ga., were just a few of the
storylines of this year's ACC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships.
Play wrapped up on Sunday with Virginia claiming the men's title and
North Carolina scoring a comeback win to take the women's championship.
Countdown: Amritraj Oversees USTA's College Commitment
As the Director of Collegiate Tennis for the USTA, Stephen Amritraj
is committed to raising the profile of and appreciation for college
tennis in this country. His focus is not just on juniors who aspire to
play at the next level, but on creating community connections and fan
bases for the hundreds of collegiate teams, from junior colleges to
Division I. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talks with Amritraj about
many topics around college tennis.
CWRU's C.J. Krimbill Receives NCAA Today's Top 10 Award
Recent Case Western Reserve University graduate and former men's
tennis player C.J. Krimbill received the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award,
recognizing former student-athletes for their successes on the field,
in the classroom and in the community at the Honors Celebration during
the NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in January.
Virginia Wins ITA National Indoor Team Title
When you think of teams that are really great at playing indoor
tennis, the top two that would come to most people's minds are
Virginia and Ohio State. Coming into the ITA National Team Indoors,
Virginia and Ohio State had made a combined 11 finals appearances over
the previous 12 years, so it shouldn't have been a surprise when they
stood on opposite sides of the net on Monday morning. In the end, the
Cavaliers brought home the hardware.
Florida Women Claim First ITA National Indoors Title Since 1999
For sixteen of the best women's college tennis teams in the country,
the ITA National Team Indoor Championship was a chance to make a
statement for the rest of the season. For Roland Thornqvist and his
No. 1 Florida Gators, a win in New Haven, Connecticut, achieved a new
first. Thornqvist won his first-ever NTI championship - and UF won
its first title since 1999.
TRN/SLAM·Tennis College Rankings
The USTA Collegiate Division recently announced new weekly polls
ranking the Top 25 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's College Teams,
and TRN is one of the organizations with a vote. Since we are a
ranking company, we decided to use our rating and ranking system on
college tennis teams to help us in our voting. Take a look at our
independent rankings of college programs at the NCAA D-I, D-II, D-III
and NAIA levels ...
Talking About the USTA NCAA Division I College Poll
Today we chat with long-time college tennis evangelist Scott
Treibly of the USTA Collegiate Division about the
recently-announced USTA Division I Men's and Women's College
Tennis Top 25 Polls which kick off early next month. Treibly
talks about how the poll works and goals for the effort.
Talking with Hawaii Pacific's Lauren Conching
For the past ten seasons, the Hawaii Pacific Sharks have advanced to
the NCAA Division II National Championships - the past five with Head
Coach Lauren Conching at the helm. Conching, the ITA/Wilson Tennis
National Coach of the Year in 2013, has led the program to three Final
Four appearances in her five seasons. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports had
the chance to talk with Conching about her experiences coaching
Quick Restart: Bradley Klahn Returns to ATP Tour
During his 21 months away from the game because of injury, 2010 NCAA
singles champion Bradley Klahn was forced to consider a career that
did not include tennis. But the thought of walking away proved more
painful than undertaking a long rehabilitation - and this week Klahn
saw that determination rewarded at an ATP Challenger. Colette Lewis of
ZooTennis.com spoke with the Californian about his return to
competition, his mindset, and a myriad of other topics.
Countdown: Q&A with WFU Coach Tony Bresky
Tony Bresky wasn't anticipating a career in tennis, but that's how
things have worked out for the Wake Forest head coach, now in his
sixth year. After assistant and associate head coaching stints at
Indiana State and Virginia, Bresky has brought the Demon Deacons to
new heights in men's tennis. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com caught up
with Bresky in Tulsa at the ITA All-American Championships - where the
two discussed many tennis topics.
Virginia's Collins and Kwiatkowski Earn Titles at American Collegiate Invitational
The University of Virginia picked up where UCLA left off last year at
the third annual American Collegiate Invitational, played at the end
of the second week of the US Open. After Bruins Mackenzie McDonald and
Robin Anderson had swept the titles in 2015, the Cavaliers dominated
the proceedings this year, with recent graduate Danielle Collins
taking the women's title and senior Thai Kwiatkowski capturing the
College Tennis Players Spending the Summer with BB&T Atlanta Open
While most college students are spending their summer break working at
summer camps, house sitting or maintaining lawns, there a half-dozen
or so college tennis players giving a needed assist to the BB&T
Atlanta Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event that is one of eight summer
tournaments in the Emirates Airline US Open Series. These student
athletes are getting to interact with names like Isner, Agassi and
Talking with Division III Men's Singles Champion Skyler Butts
Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ended his career on a high note
last month in Kalamazoo, claiming the Division III men's singles title
after reaching the final in 2015, the same year the Stags claimed
their first team championship since 1981. Colette Lewis of
ZooTennis.com talked with the 22-year-old Californian about his tennis
background, postgraduate plans, one-handed backhand, hobbies and why
Division III was the right choice for him.
Eudice Chong, Skyler Butts Claim Division III Singles Titles in Kalamazoo
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior Skyler Butts had to deal with hundreds
of his opponent's fans roaring on every point. Wesleyan sophomore
Eudice Chong had to face the only player who had beaten her in
Division III competition. But both took advantage of their experience
in the big moment to claim the 2016 NCAA Division III singles titles
last Saturday at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium.
Bowdoin Men and Emory Women Claim NCAA Team Titles
The NCAA Division III team championships at Kalamazoo College
displayed two sides of college tennis, producing an improbable
champion in the Bowdoin men and a favored champion in the Emory women.
Mississippi State Men Shock Illini
The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis bracket held a few upsets this year
heading into the round of 16. One is a big one - 2003 winners (and
2007 finalists) Illinois won't be going to Tulsa. Mississippi State
and first-year Head Coach Matt Roberts brought in a team that finished
20-8 and No. 21 in the nation to Champaign, Ill., and advanced to the
NCAA Round of 16.
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part II
The NCAA Division I Tennis Championships start today. The top men's
and women's college tennis programs face off in first-round action
across the country, with all teams competing for tickets to
Tulsa, Okla., and a spot in the Sweet 16. Check out insights
from our college tennis contributors - and see who they picked as
darkhorses and champions.
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part I
The brackets are set, and this weekend, the NCAA Division I Tennis
Championships get underway. 64 men's and women's college tennis teams
will head to campus venues around the country to compete in first- and
second-round action. The winners will make up the Sweet 16 and head
to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to compete for the team title. Today, our college
tennis contributors preview the "Big Dance" of college tennis.
Countdown: Road to Tulsa Continues
This has been a season where upsets have been the norm rather than
the exception - with at least one Top 10 team going down just about
every week. Bobby Knight of College Tennis Today scattershoots across
the landscape of men's college tennis - analyzing the contenders, the
darkhorses, and the long-shots.
Road to Tulsa
With just over two months before this year's NCAA Division I Tennis
Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, College Tennis Today author Bobby
Knight scattershoots across the landscape of men's college tennis
- analyzing the contenders and darkhorse teams from the field.
More from LSU Coaches Julia and Mike Sell
Julia and Mike Sell having been working this season as co-head coaches
for the LSU women's tennis team, and they have brought a wealth of
experience with them. The duo sat down at the ITA Women's Team Indoor
Championship at the University of Wisconsin to talk about their upset
of Oklahoma State, how tough the SEC conference is, and what they
think about the new college tennis match format.
Julia and Mike Sell Bring Out the Best in LSU
It's not unheard of to have a husband and wife coaching a college
tennis team, but the story of Julia and Mike Sell is a very different
one. The two took different paths to LSU While Julia was honing her
skills as a college assistant, Mike was working with pros and developing
USTA juniors. But they both ended up in Baton Rouge, and their story
is a great one ...
Surprising Heels Win First Championship
When the 2016 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships got
underway last Friday in Charlottesville, Va., it seemed like the
matches were a mere formality before the host Virginia Cavaliers were
crowned as champions. In the end, ACC rival North Carolina snapped UVa's
140-match win streak to take the title.
Cal Women Win First ITA National Indoors
When Amanda Augustus us took the helm of the California Bears women's
team in 2007, her impact was immediate. She led her team to two NCAA
final appearances and two semifinal berths at the ITA Indoors,
reaching the top 12 of the rankings every year. The one thing she
hadn't brought to Berkeley was a national title - until now.
ITA Division I Kick-off Weekend Wrapup
A tremendous weekend of college tennis action concluded on Monday
afternoon with Columbia winning a thriller over Stanford, so we now
know the 32 teams that will be participating in February at the 2016
ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The women's event will be held
at the Nielsen Tennis Center in Madison, Wisc., starting February 5,
while the men's event starts February 12 at the Boar's Head Sports
Club in Charlottesville, Va.
Matching Up: A New Way to Think About College Tennis Lineups
I have been a sports fan ever since I can remember, and a tennis fan
since my teens, but my interest in college tennis is much more recent.
With that in mind, I have never shared the outrage directed at coaches
who "stack" their lineups. Since time devoted to lineup
challenges and protest hearings is better spent elsewhere, here is my
proposal for a radical change in how lineups are set in college
Fall Signing Week '15: College Tennis - Pathway to Pro Tennis
With their recent success on the professional tours, former college
stars such as Kevin Anderson, Jon Isner, Steve Johnson and Irina
Falconi are showing that college tennis is a very viable pathway to
professional tennis success. Current college stars and professional
greats give their opinions on how college tennis has shaped their
Fall Signing Week '15: Freshmen to Watch in D-III Tennis
Tomorrow is Signing Day, when players can sign NLI contracts with NCAA
Division I or II schools. Division III athletics is different in that
there are no formal athletic scholarships, but recruiting in D-III is
similar in that hundreds of high school players are committing to
D-III programs even as we speak. Our friends at Division3Tennis.com
take a look at last year's recruits - and how they will fit into their
teams as freshmen in 2015-16.
Countdown: College Tennis Returns Leaders of Tomorrow
College tennis has a storied history of producing athletes that have
gone on to achieve great success in the professional ranks. But it's
not just on the courts where former college tennis players shine. Take
a look around at some of the biggest companies and organizations in
the world, and more times than not you'll find that the Chief
Executive Officer and other senior leaders have a tennis - and more
specifically a college tennis - background.
The Buckeye Tree of College Tennis Coaches
The Ohio State University tennis program has produced some of the most
successful collegiate players in the nation - but they have also
produced some outstanding coaches. The "Buckeye Tree" of
coaches can be traced back to one man, Ty Tucker, who has been the
Buckeyes Head Men's Tennis Coach since 1999 and Director of Tennis
UCLA Sweeps Titles at American Collegiate Invitational
The second annual American Collegiate Invitational, held in the final
days of the US Open Championships, had more than its share of weather
issues and UCLA Bruins. The women's final, with Robin Anderson
defeating Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-4, 6-4, was an all-UCLA contest
finished indoors, while Mackenzie McDonald managed a 6-2, 7-5 victory
in the final over Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin, the only non-Bruin to
reach either final.
Bobby Reynolds Starts New Chapter at Oklahoma
A stellar playing career at Vanderbilt prepared Bobby Reynolds for a
successful decade on the ATP tour. Now he is returning to college
tennis - this time as a coach. Reynolds is joining men's head coach
John Roddick as his assistant at the University of Oklahoma.
Dynasty Building - NAIA Style - at Georgia Gwinnett College
The word "dynasty" isn't thrown around loosely in
sports. One would hesitate in using the word dynasty to describe an
upstart tennis program at an NAIA school in the suburbs of Atlanta.
But the Georgia Gwinnett College tennis teams delivered the school its
first-ever national titles in any sport with both the Men's and
Women's NAIA National Championship titles in 2014, and the men
repeated in dominating fashion in May, 2015.
Talking with ITA Rookie of the Year Noah Rubin
Wake Forest freshman Noah Rubin was determined to experience college
tennis, even after capturing the Wimbledon boys title and 18s National
title in Kalamazoo prior to starting classes last fall. After a stellar
season that saw him named ITA Rookie of the Year, Rubin has announced
that he will be leaving Wake to focus on a professional career. Colette
Lewis got the chance to talk with Rubin at the NCAA Tournament and then
again briefly after his announcement.
An Interview with ITA Rookie of the Year Brooke Austin
Freshmen, even those who are ranked No. 1 in their senior year by the
Tennis Recruiting Network, often need a semester to adjust to life in
a top Division I program. Not the University of Florida's Brooke
Austin. Proving a quick study, the 19-year-old Indianapolis resident
excelled throughout her freshman year, ending it as the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Rookie of the Year.
Ryan Shane and Jamie Loeb Claim NCAA Singles Titles
A tournament plagued by rain ended with a tornado warning and two ACC
champions: North Carolina's Jamie Loeb and Virginia's Ryan Shane. In
championship matches started outdoors Monday at the Hurd Tennis Center
on the Baylor University campus and completed indoors, Loeb defeated
Carol Zhao of Stanford 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, while Shane downed Noah Rubin of
Wake Forest 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-1.
Vanderbilt Women and Virginia Men Claim NCAA Team Titles
The Vanderbilt women had reached the NCAA Division I Team
Championships only once before in the program's history, while the
Virginia men had been to the championship match four of the previous
five years. Yet the disparity in experience made no difference in the
outcomes, with No. 4 seed Vanderbilt defeating defending champion UCLA
4-2 and No. 3 seed Virginia taking down top seed Oklahoma 4-1 at the
Hurd Tennis Center at Baylor University.