Kohlloeffel and Slovic Named ITA All-Americans
June 5, 2007
WALNUT CREEK - Two Pac-10 men's tennis players were named 2007 All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. UCLA's Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Washington's Alex Slovic picked up the award for their singles play.
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.
Kohlloeffel, the 2006 NCAA Singles Champion and Pac-10 Player of the Year was seeded fourth in the singles tournament but missed out on defending his title when he withdrew due to injury. The senior from Herne, Germany finished No. 5 in the final rankings, earning his third All-American honor in his three years at UCLA. Despite playing just three seasons, Kohlloeffel leaves UCLA as the school's all-time singles wins leader. He compiled a 31-4 singles record this season, and was 123-16 for his career, a winning percentage of 0.884.
Slovic, a senior from Pancevo, Yugoslavia, used a miraculous run in the NCAA Tournament to earn his first career All-American honors. Slovic traveled to Athens, Georgia as the sixth alternate for the field of 64, but enough players withdrew to allow him to compete. Slovic then proceeded to upset four players ranked above him to reach the semifinals, before falling in three sets to top-seeded John Isner of Georgia. On his way to the semis, Slovic upset third-seeded Jesse Levine of Florida, seventh-seed Stephen Bass of Notre Dame, and Illinois' Rylan Rowe, who was ranked 19th in the final ITA poll. Slovic was the only unseeded player to reach the semis, the other three were the remaining top-four seeds. He finishes his Husky career as the leader in combined singles and doubles wins with 184. Slovic jumped all the way from 64th to 25th in the final ITA Rankings.