Conor Niland Named To ITA All-American Team
June 7, 2006
BERKELEY - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has named California senior Conor Niland to the 2006 ITA All-American team in singles. He was also awarded the ITA's Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year for the west region.
In addition to the All-American honors, Niland was recently named Pacific-10 Player of the Year, as well being named a member of the Pacific-10 all-conference team. He was also named the men's tennis Pac-10 Player of the Week three times over the course of the season.
Throughout the year, Niland moved up in the national rankings as high as fourth, thanks in part to a 19-match win streak, which was the nation's longest this season. Niland, who ended the year ranked sixth, had his impressive run end in his final regular-season dual match. He recovered from the loss and advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament.
Niland ended his tenure at California last month in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship after an impressive 26-3 singles record this season. Niland's overall singles record as a Golden Bear was 106-43.
He defeated 23 of his opponents this season in straight sets. Two of his most impressive victories came against the eventual NCAA singles champion, Benjamin Kohlloeffel of UCLA. Niland defeated Kohlloeffel in two sets (6-4, 6-3) on April 8 and in two sets (6-3, 6-2) on Feb. 2. In the victory on Feb. 2, Kohlloeffel was ranked third in the nation when Niland defeated him.
Kohlloeffel wasn't the only player ranked in the top five to get knocked off by Niland. Then-No. 4 Scott Doerner of Pepperdine fell to Niland in two sets (6-4, 6-3) on March 26 as well as then-No. 4 Lars Poerschke of Baylor (5-7, 6-3, 6-3).