Pac-10 Individual Tennis Tournament Preview
April 22, 2008
PACIFIC-10 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pac-10's nine women's teams and eight men's teams head to Ojai, Calif., Thurs., April 24 through Sun., April 27, to decide the league's singles and doubles champions. The 32-player men's singles draw shall consist of four student-athletes from each school, and the 16-team doubles draw shall consist of two doubles teams from each school. For the women, the 32-player singles draw shall consist of three players from each of the nine schools that sponsor women's tennis, with five additional competitors selected by a committee of coaches, based upon the participants record. The 16-team doubles draw will have one doubles team from each school and seven additional teams selected by the committee, based upon the participants record.
WHAT & WHERE: Pac-10 competition will be held in conjunction with the 108th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. The Pac-10 men will compete at Libbey Park in Ojai for all rounds. The Pac-10 women will play at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club Thurs., April 24, and Fri., April 25. All semifinal and final matches on Sat., April 26, and Sun., April 27, are at Libbey Park. Matches begin at 8 a.m., with two rounds of singles on opening day. One round of singles and two rounds of doubles will be played on Friday. The Pac-10 Women's Singles Final will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, followed by the Men's Singles Final at approx. 11 a.m. The Women's Doubles Championship will follow at 12:30 p.m., with the Men's Doubles Championship at 2 p.m.
OJAI HISTORY: The Pac-10 championships will again be the featured event at this year's 108th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, which attracts 1600 of the best college, junior and open players from the Western states. The annual event, started by William Thacher in 1896, has been played at the same site, and interrupted only five times. If this tournament, run entirely by volunteer effort on public and privately owned courts, seems an unlikely place to see championship quality players, consider who has appeared here: Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, Michael Chang, Rick Leach, Tracy Austin, Billy Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors and the Bryan twins. These tennis greats are among more than 85 former players at The Ojai who have gone on to win one or more Grand Slam events as professional tennis players, all of whom are listed on Libbey Park's 'Wall of Fame.'
PAC-10 INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: Individual awards, including the Player of the Year, Doubles Team of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year, will be awarded after the conclusion of the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai and released from the Conference office.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The field for the 2008 NCAA Team Championships will be announced on April 29, with the individual fields revealed on April 30. NCAA Regional action will take place on campus sites, May 9-10 or 10-11. For just the third time in NCAA history, both the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships will be held together at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and will be hosted by the University of Tulsa. Georgia played host to both Men's and Women's Championships last year.
PAC-10 MEN: Seventeen Pac-10 singles players are ranked in the ITA Top-125 national men's singles rankings (as of April 20). Seven Conference teams are represented by ranked individuals, with USC sophomore Robert Farah topping the list at No. 6, followed closely by Stanford's Alex Clayton at No. 7.
ARIZONA: No. 96 Claudio Christen, Sr.
ARIZONA STATE: No. 61 Andres Arango, So.; No. 78 Matt Brooklyn, So.
CALIFORNIA: No. 105 Kalim Stewart, So.
STANFORD: No. 7 Alex Clayton, Fr.; No. 80 Matt Bruch, Jr.; No. 112 Richard Wire, So.
UCLA: No. 23 Harel Srugo, Sr.; No. 37 Mathieu Dehaine, Sr.; No. 59 Holden Seguso, Fr.; No. 89 Haythem Abid, Jr.
USC: No. 6 Robert Farah, So.; No. 34 Kaes Van't Hof, Sr.; No. 65 Jack Poldma, Fr.; No. 72 Gary Sacks, So.
WASHINGTON: No. 86 Patrik Fischer, Jr.; No. 118 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Fr.
In doubles, Pac-10 men's teams occupy three spots among the Top-60, with a ranked duo representing four different schools. USC's tandem of Kaes Van't Hof and Robert Farah is the highest-ranked pair at No. 2:
ARIZONA: No. 54 Claudio Christen, Sr./Jay Goldman Fr.
UCLA: No. 47 Harel Srugo, Sr./Nick Meister, Fr.
USC: No. 2 Kaes Van't Hof, Sr./Robert Farah, So.
PAC-10 WOMEN: The Pac-10 women hold down 29 spots on the ITA's Top-125 singles rankings list through April 20. Of the Top-25 players in the nation, six hail from the Pac-10. All nine Conference teams are represented by ranked individuals, with freshman Hilary Barte of STANFORD, with the highest ranking at No. 3.
ARIZONA: No. 33 Danielle Steinberg, Jr.
ARIZONA STATE: No. 26 Kelcy McKenna, Fr.; No. 28 Nadia Abdala, So.
CALIFORNIA: No. 7 Marina Cossou, Fr.; No. 18 Susie Babos, Sr.; No. 43 Christine Visico, Sr.; No. 86 Claire Ilcinkas, Jr.; No. 87 Bobana Bobusic, Jr.; No. 119 Marion Ravelojaona, Sr.
OREGON: No. 77 Celine Rolly, Fr.
STANFORD: No. 3 Hilary Barte, Fr.; No. 12 Jessica Nguyen, Jr.; No. 63 Whitney Deason, Sr.; No. 70 Celia Durkin, Sr.; No. 92 Lindsay Burdette, So.; No. 98 Carolyn McVeigh, Fr.
UCLA: No. 14 Riza Zalameda, Sr.; No. 31 Tracy Lin, Sr.; No. 42 Yasmin Schnack, So.; No. 57 Andrea Remynse, Fr.; No. 88 Elizabeth Lumpkin, Sr.
USC: No. 6 Amanda Fink, Jr.; No. 56 Lindsey Nelson, Sr.; No. 73 Ana Zubori, So.; No. 74 Gabriela Niculescu, So.; No. 94 Maria Sanchez, Fr.; No. 122 Layla Entekhabi, Fr.
WASHINGTON: No. 37 Venise Chan, Fr.
WASHINGTON STATE: No. 45 Ekaterina Burduli, Sr.
In doubles, Pac-10 women's teams hold 10 spots among the Top-60, with seven schools represented. The UCLA senior tandem of Riza Zalameda and Tracy Lin are the top-ranked doubles team in the nation.
ARIZONA: No. 49 Danielle Steinberg, Jr./Claire Riestch, So.
ARIZONA STATE: No. 25 Laila Abdala, Jr.; Nadia Abdala, So.; No. 59 Wendy Pilecka, Sr./Jessica Leitch, Sr.
CALIFORNIA: No. 17 Susie Babos, Sr./Stephanie Kusano, Sr.
STANFORD: No. 9 Lindsay Burdette, So./Hilary Barte, Fr.
UCLA: No. 1 Riza Zalameda, Sr./Tracy Lin, Sr.; No. 23 Riza Zalameda, Sr./Yasmin Schnack, So.; No. 53 Elizabeth Lumpkin, Sr./Stephanie Wetmore, So.; No. 57 Tracy Lin, Sr./Andrea Remynse, Fr.
USC: No. 6 Amanda Fink, Jr./Gabriela Niculescu, So.