Laura Granville Named TENNIS Magazine/ITA National Player Of The Year
June 13, 2001
PRINCETON, N.J. - For the second straight year, Stanford's Laura Granville has been named the TENNIS Magazine/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Player of the Year, the ITA and TENNIS Magazine announced today. Granville and Georgia's Matias Boeker will be officially honored at the Rolex All-Star Outing on August 24th at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.
This TENNIS Magazine/ITA National Player of the Year award goes annually to the individuals who have had the most outstanding years in both individual and team competition, as determined by the ITA and TENNIS Magazine. Granville, also the 2000 women's recipient, is the third player to ever win the award twice, joining Florida's Lisa Raymond (1992-93) and Trinity's Gretchen Rush (1983-84). This is also the seventh time a Cardinal women's player has been honored. Boeker is the third Georgia men's player to receive National Player of the Year honors, joining Mikael Pernfors ('85) and Al Parker ('91).
Granville, a sophomore from Chicago, beat teammate Lauren Kalvaria in the May 27th NCAA women's singles final to become the first player since Florida's Raymond ('92-93) to win consecutive NCAA singles titles. She also led Stanford to a 30-0 record and the NCAA team title (and reached the NCAA doubles final). Earlier this year she became the first women's player to ever win consecutive Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor titles. In February Granville, who finished at No. 1 in the ITA national singles rankings for the second straight season, broke the NCAA Division I record for consecutive wins when she won her 58th straight match. She was 46-1 this year in singles and 93-3 over the past two seasons. She was also named ITA National Player of the Month in February and was an ITA All-American in singles and doubles.
Past Stanford players to win the Player of the Year award include Patty Fendick-McCain (1987), Tami Whitlinger (1989), Debbie Graham (1990), Sandra Birch (1991) and Lilia Osterloh (1997).
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 in Princeton, N.J., administers the ITA Collegiate Grand Slam Championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, andthe ITA Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship.