Andrew Park Named ITA Player Of The Month

Dec. 8, 2000

PRINCETON, N.J. - Baylor's Katja Kovac and USC's Andrew Park have been named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Players of the Month for November, the ITA announced today.

Pepperdine's Paola Palencia and Ipek Senoglu are the ITA National Doubles Team of the Month for women, and Georgia's Mattias Boeker and Travis Parrott earned the same honors for men's doubles. All the players honored captured the titles at their respective ITA Fall Regional Championships, earning spots in the 2001 Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the third leg of the ITA Grand Slam Feb. 1-4 in Dallas.

Kovac, who is No. 51 in the current Rankings, went 5-0 last month and captured the ITA Southwest Region singles title on Nov. 7 in College Station, Texas. Sher egistered three wins in the top 35 en route to the title, including ninth-ranked Chin Bee Khoo of Arkansas in the final. Kovac, a junior from Slovenia, closes the fall with a nine-match winning streak and is the first Baylor player to ever win the ITA Southwest Region singles title.

USC's Park repeated as singles champ at the ITA Southern California Championships on Nov. 13 in Malibu, Calif. The title was is his second of the season as he turned in a 5-0 record for the month. The 43rd-ranked Park, a junior from San Marino, Calif., notched two top 30 wins at the regional and beat No. 12 Jean Noel Grinda of UCLA in the final.

Pepperdine's top-ranked Palencia and Senoglu, capped a strong fall campaign by winning the ITA West Region doubles title on Nov. 14 in Irvine, Calif. Prior to the regional title, they had reached the finals at theopening two legs of the ITA Grand Slam. They went 5-0 last month and beat No. 3 Lindsay Blau and Michelle Gough of Arizona in the final.

Georgia's fourth-ranked Boeker and Parrott went 6-0 last month and captured the ITA South Region title on Nov. 5 in Athens, Ga. Their run to the title included wins over the No. 25 and 46 teams in the WingspanBank.comRankings. Boeker was also co-champion in singles at the regional.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which is based inPrinceton, N.J., administers a number of major collegiate tennis championships and programs including the ITA Grand Slam Championships and the Collegiate Tennis Rankings. The ITA includes more than 1,500 coaches, 15,000 collegiate tennis players and more than 1,000 college tennis programs at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and junior college levels.

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