Barte, Clayton Named to USTA Summer Collegiate Team

June 5, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- Freshman All-Americans Hilary Barte and Alex Clayton have both earned spots on the six-person USTA Summer Collegiate Team, as announced by the USTA and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Thursday morning.

The USTA Summer Collegiate Team is an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players that began in 1996 and is funded by the USTA. It is designed to provide college players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the summer months.

The following players have been selected to this year's team:

Men's Team
Jean-Yves Aubone, Florida State (SO, Miami)
Alex Clayton, Stanford (FR, Plantation, Fla.)
Travis Helgeson, Georgia (SR, Overland Park, Kan.)
Justin Kronauge, Ohio State (SO, Dayton, Ohio)
Greg Ouellette, Florida (SR, Ormond Beach, Fla.)
Nate Schnugg, Georgia (SO, Medford, Ore.)

Women's Team
Hilary Barte, Stanford (FR, Chatsworth, Calif.)
Amanda Fink, Southern California (JR, Calabasas, Calif.)
Sanaz Marand, North Carolina (SO, Katy, Texas)
Amanda McDowell, Georgia Tech (SO, Atlanta)
Kristi Miller, Georgia Tech (SR, Marysville, Mich.)
Riza Zalameda, UCLA (SR, Los Angeles)

The 2008 ITA National Rookie of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Barte wrapped up the year with a team-best 30-8 overall mark while finishing 22-4 in duals. She became the first freshman in school history to win at least 30 overall matches and 20 duals since 2004 when Theresa Logar posted a 38-4 overall mark and was 27-0 in dual match action.

Barte earned a final No. 4 national ranking and was the third seed at thClayton, the 2008 ITA National Rookie of the Year, added Pac-10 Player and Newcomer of the Year Awards to his already decorated rookie season. Clayton, who was the Cardinal's No. 1 singles player, finished the season with a final ranking of No. 8, the highest ranking of any Pac-10 singles player, and compiled an outstanding 30-9 record on the year. He went 19-8 against nationally-ranked opponents and 17-6 in dual matches.

After earning the eighth seed at the 2008 NCAA Singles Championships, he advanced to the semifinals where he fell to the eventual champion, top-ranked Somdev Devvarman of the University of Virginia.

Kyle Spencer, Assistant Director of Men's Tennis at Baylor University, and Rance Brown, Assistant Head Coach of Women's Tennis at UCLA, will be coaching the men's and women's teams, respectively. Brown helped UCLA to its first-ever NCAA team championship in May. Spencer has spent time coaching on the ATP Tour and before coaching at Baylor, helped coach his alma mater, the University of Southern California, to the NCAA Final Four.

The top four American players from the season-ending ITA national singles rankings are eligible for automatic selections, while the remaining two players on each team are selected by USTA Player Development. In 2008, all twelve players (six women, six men) on the two teams finished 2008 ranked inside the Top 20 in the final rankings and earned All-American honors.

Current pros who are past participants on the USTA Summer Collegiate Team include James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, Audra Cohen, Amer Delic, Laura Granville, John Isner, Jesse Levine, Todd Paul, Sam Warburg, and Jesse Witten.

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