13 Pac-10 Players Earn ITA All-American Honors
June 5, 2007
WALNUT CREEK - 13 Pac-10 women's tennis players were named 2007 All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Seven players earned singles distinction, two earned doubles recognition, and four picked up both honors. Stanford leads the way with five All-Americans.
The ITA bestows All-American honors upon players based on meeting one of three criteria. Players must either be a top-16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championships, reach the Round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Championships, or be ranked in the top-20 in the final ITA Rankings. To earn the title in doubles, a duo must be a top-eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championships, reach the quarterfinals of the tournament, or finish in the top-10 of the final ITA Rankings.
The Cardinal has five All-Americans for the third straight season, led by seniors Theresa Logar and Anne Yelsey who both earned their third All-American honors. Logar earned the distinction in singles, as she reached the NCAA Round of 16 and finished the season ranked eighth in the nation. Yelsey was recognized for doubles along with her partner, freshman Lindsay Burdette. Yelsey and Burdette reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA doubles tourney, and Burdette also made a surprising run to the singles quarterfinals to earn All-American status in both singles and doubles in her first year. Junior Celia Durkin is now a two-time All-American after earning the award in singles. She reached the Round of 16 and wound up 14th in the final rankings. Sophomore Jessica Nguyen also became a first time All-American as she finished the season ranked No. 20.
UCLA, national runner-up in the team touney, boasts three All-Americans led by junior Riza Zalameda who was honored in both singles and doubles. Zalameda is now a three-time All-American. She was a top-16 seed in the singles tourney and finished ranked in the top-20 in singles. She also finished seventh in the final doubles rankings along with her partner, freshman Yasmin Schnack, who picks up her first All-American award. Junior Tracy Lin earned her first All-American award as well, after making a strong run to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
California, which advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, has three honorees for the first time since 2000. Senior Zsuzsanna Fodor and junior Susie Babos teamed up to earn All-American honors for doubles, and each earned the award in singles as well. Babos was sixth in the final singles rankings, while Fodor was No. 11. The two were fifth in the final doubles rankings. This is the third All-American season for Babos, and the second for Fodor. Freshman Nina Henkel also came on strong, reaching the Round of 16 in singles and ending up 20th in the final rankings for her first All-American nod.
USC placed two players on the All-American team. Junior Lindsey Nelson became a three-time All-American, easily meeting all three of the qualifications as she reached the NCAA Championship match for the second straight year but fell to Miami's Audra Cohen. Nelson ended 2007 as the nation's third-ranked player, behind Cohen and LSU's Megan Falcon, whom Nelson defeated in straight sets in the semifinals. Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Sarah Fansler also picked up her first All-American honor in singles. At No. 15, she is the highest-ranked freshman in the final rankings.
2007 PAC-10 WOMEN'S TENNIS ITA ALL-AMERICANS
Susie Babos, Jr., California (singles, doubles)
Lindsay Burdette, Fr., Stanford (singles, doubles)
Celia Durkin, Jr., Stanford (singles)
Sarah Fansler, Fr., USC (singles)
Zsuzsanna Fodor, Sr., California (singles, doubles)
Nina Henkel, Fr., California (singles)
Tracy Lin, Jr., UCLA (singles)
Theresa Logar, Sr., Stanford (singles)
Lindsey Nelson, Jr., USC (singles)
Jessica Nguyen, So., Stanford (singles)
Yasmin Schnack, Fr., UCLA (doubles)
Anne Yelsey, Sr., Stanford (doubles)
Riza Zalameda, Jr., UCLA (singles, doubles)