Recruiting & College Tennis

USTA & College Tennis

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Today, USTA announced the members of its 2015 Collegiate National Team (click here to read USTA’s full press release):

Men’s Team

Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA, rising Junior

Noah Rubin, Wake Forest, turned pro at completion of Freshman year

Ryan Shane, University of Virginia, rising Senior

Women’s Team

Brooke Austin, University of Florida, rising Sophomore

Jennifer Brady, UCLA, turned pro at completion of Sophomore year

Julia Elbaba, University of Virginia, rising Senior

Jamie Loeb, University of More >

ITA Secures Partnership With Oracle

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I received the following via email from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and am thrilled to see Oracle get more involved with our great sport, especially at the collegiate level:

The ITA is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Oracle, in which Oracle will serve as the title sponsor for three major programs as part of the Oracle Collegiate Tennis Tour, administered by the ITA.

This special sponsorship agreement is highlighted by the inaugural Oracle/ITA Masters, More >

Tim Russell Named Head of ITA

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I received the following announcement from the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) earlier today. I have a lot of thoughts to share regarding this latest action by the governing body of college tennis, but I’m going to keep them to myself . . . for now. My youngest child is graduating from high school next week, and I want to stay focused on the happy events in front of us. That said, please feel free to discuss your thoughts in the Comments section, and I will chime in as warranted. If More >

Weekend with the Broncos

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Robert, Connor, Morgan, Kamran, & Andrew

 

My son spent last weekend with 4 of his fellow Santa Clara recruits (the 6th guy lives in Hawaii and couldn’t get there for such a short visit) cheering on the Broncos at their final regular-season matches of the year. This was a trip they had been planning since the end of December. It was something my son had been looking forward to all semester. And the time had finally come to take him to the airport for the long flight across the country.

Getting More >

#SigningDay

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“We did it!” Those were my son’s words when he made the decision back in November to commit to Santa Clara University.

“We did it!” Those were my son’s words when he got the official letter of acceptance last month from Santa Clara University.

“We did it!” Those were my son’s words after the Signing Day ceremony at his high school last night.

Those words were said directly to me. They were my son’s way of acknowledging that this achievement belongs not only to him but also to my husband and More >

Comparing TRN to UTR for Class of 2015 Girls

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Today marks the beginning of Spring Signing Week, so here is my report on where the Top 200 players according to TennisRecruiting.net are headed (a blank next to the player’s name means she hasn’t announced a commitment yet) and a comparison of their TRN ranking to their UTR rating. The charts below are for the Class of 2015 Girls. Click here to see the Class of 2015 Boys.

The first chart you see is ordered by TRN Ranking. The second chart is ordered by UTR Rating. It is interesting to note More >

Comparing TRN to UTR for Class of 2015 Boys

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With Spring Signing Week almost upon us, I thought I would do a little report on where the Top 200 players according to TennisRecruiting.net are headed (a blank next to the player’s name means he hasn’t announced a commitment yet) and compare their TRN ranking to their UTR rating. We’ll take a peek at the Class of 2015 Boys first.

The first chart you see below is ordered by TRN Ranking. The second chart is ordered by UTR Rating. It is interesting to compare the two.

At the top of the rankings, More >

A Grassroots Approach to Reducing the Number of Foreign Roster Spots in US College Tennis

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The Men’s ITA Indoor Tournament just ended. A public university, Oklahoma (6/11 US players), beat a private university, University of Southern California (8/12 US players), in the final. Why is that pertinent? Today’s Guest Post looks at the prevalence of international students on public university tennis teams (click here to read another recent article on this topic). The article is brought to you by a Fellow Tennis Parent who prefers to remain anonymous as More >

Does the Answer Lie in the Big East?

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As I reflect on and re-read my last post on the NCAA’s decision to stick with the 2014 scoring and format this year, I keep trying to figure out what we can do, besides bastardizing the scoring and cutting out games, to fit college tennis into that 3 1/2 hour tv window. Because, if nothing else, at least we now know that’s the thought process behind all these scoring “experiments” over the past couple of years.

I’ve heard all sorts of interesting suggestions More >

No-Ad a No-Go

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Yesterday, Colette Lewis of ZooTennis tweeted a link to her article announcing the NCAA had decided against using the ITA’s new scoring formats for the 2015 NCAA Team and Individual Championships to be held at Baylor University this May. Though very little information has come out from the ITA or NCAA, Colette did include the verbiage from NCAA’s email to all college tennis coaches:

Men’s and Women’s Head Tennis Coaches,

Normally, we would prepare a formal memorandum but realize time is of the More >

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