Stanford Tennis Honored With All-Americans On Both Sides
June 8, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.- The second round of ITA award winners has both Stanford tennis programs well-represented once again.
One month after the ITA distributed its regional awards, the organization announced its national award recipients, highlighted by All-America honors.
In order to be selected as an ITA All-American, a singles player must be a top-16 seed in NCAA Singles Championships, reach the round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championships or finish in the top 20 of the final ITA Rankings.
On the men's side, Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher met all of the criteria listed above. The duo dropped a hard-fought 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7) decision to Virginia's Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz in the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship.
Klahn also earned All-America accolades in singles, becoming Stanford's first NCAA singles champion since 2000 when he defeated Louisville's Austen Childs 6-1, 6-2 in the title match. Stanford has now produced 14 collegiate singles champions in school history overall and nine since the NCAA adopted its current format in 1977.
Klahn and Thacher are both first-time All-Americans.
Stanford was also honored with two regional award winners, although both individuals were not selected for advancement to the national ballot. Assistant coach Brandon Coupe was recognized as the ITA Northwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year while Clayton picked up the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship in addition to garnering the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award.
Over on the women's side, Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette earned All-America recognition. The Cardinal's top duo captured the NCAA Doubles championship by outlasting Tennessee's Natalie Pluskota and Caitlin Whoriskey 7-5, 4-6, 6-0. Barte and Burdette brought home Stanford's 13th overall collegiate doubles title in school history, and sixth since the since the NCAA adopted its current format in 1982.
Barte also did enough to gain All-America accolades in singles, reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship after being seeded No. 4 in the draw.
Burdette has received All-America accolades in doubles all four years in addition to earning singles recognition as a freshman. Barte is a three-time All-American in both singles and doubles.
Barte was also named the ITA National Player to Watch, advancing from the regional ballot.
Also honored as regional award winners were head coach Lele Forood and Mallory Burdette. In her 10th season, Forood garnered Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year honors while Mallory Burdette was named the ITA Rookie Player of the Year for the Northwest Region.
The ITA Northwest Region includes California, Cal Poly, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Nevada, Oregon, Pacific, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Davis, Washington and Washington State.