Steve Johnson Wins Back-To-Back ITA National Player of the Year Awards
June 15, 2012
ITA Press Release
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Stanford's Nicole Gibbs and USC's Steve Johnson have been named the 2012 Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year, the ITA announced today. Additionally, Gibbs and doubles partner Mallory Burdette were named the Campbell/ITA National Women's Doubles Team of the Year, while Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola of Ohio State were honored on the men's side.
The Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year awards are given to one male and one female singles player who has had the most outstanding year in college tennis. The collegiate players will be recognized at the 2012 International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 14 in Newport, R.I. during the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
Stanford's Nicole Gibbs closed out the 2011-12 season in impressive fashion, winning her final 17 singles matches to finish with an overall singles record of 41-5 in her sophomore campaign. She put together a solid fall season that included claiming the 2011 USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Singles Championship. Gibbs picked up her level of play for the post-season in the spring, capturing the 2012 Pac-12 Singles Championship en route to be named the 2012 Pac-12 Women's Player of the Year. In the NCAA Women's Singles Championship, Gibbs defeated Florida's Allie Will, the player ranked No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings heading into the NCAA Championships, in the semifinals. She outlasted teammate and doubles partner Burdette in the finals 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to win the 2012 NCAA Women's Singles crown. Gibbs earned ITA All-America honors for both singles and doubles, making her a four-time ITA All-American.
Steve Johnson capped off a stellar four-year career at USC fittingly: taking home the 2012 NCAA Men's Singles Championship. Johnson heads into the pro ranks as one of the most decorated players in college tennis history, helping his team to four consecutive NCAA Men's Team Championships to go along with is back-to-back NCAA Men's Singles Championships. He ended his career on a 72-match singles winning streak, including a perfect 37-0 in his senior season. Johnson was named the 2012 Pac-12 Men's Player of the Year, his second season to be chosen for that award. He was also selected as the 2012 ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year honoree. Johnson finishes his career as a seven-time ITA All-American after earning both singles and doubles honors this season. He was also named the Campbell/ITA Men's Player of the Year last season, becoming just the fourth men's player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.
Stanford has now produced the last three NCAA Women's Doubles Champions, as Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs were able to defeat Georgia's Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson 6-2, 6-4 in the final to give the Cardinals its 15th collegiate doubles title in program history. Burdette also claimed the NCAA Women's Doubles title last season when she teamed up with Hilary Barte to do so. Burdette and Gibbs finished the year with a solid record of 35-5, including 18-2 in dual action. The duo played a total of 22 matches against ranked tandems this season, compiling an impressive 18 wins against just four losses. Burdette and Gibbs also started out the season on a positive note, taking home the 2011 ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Doubles title in the fall.
Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola were simply a dominating force in collegiate men's doubles this season. The duo accomplished something no other tandem had been able to pull off in previous years, claiming the three major collegiate championships in the same season - the ITA Men's All-American Championship, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, and the NCAA Championship. The pair spent the entire spring atop the Campbell/ITA Division I Men's Doubles Rankings following the two major titles in the fall. Buchanan and Rola finished off the triple crown in Athens, Ga. with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Texas Tech's Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar in the NCAA Doubles Championship match. The tandem went 36-4 on the season overall, with half of those victories coming against ranked competition.
Past ITA National Players of the Year:
Men Women 2012 Steve Johnson, USC 2012 Nicole Gibbs, Stanford 2011 Steve Johnson, USC 2011 Jana Juricova, California 2010 Robert Farah, USC 2010 Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech 2009 Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Ok. State 2009 Mallory Cecil, Duke 2008 Somdev Devvarman, Virginia 2008 Amanda McDowell, Ga. Tech 2007 Somdev Devvarman, Virginia 2007 Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.) 2006 Benjamin Kohlloeffel, UCLA 2006 Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.) 2005 Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor 2005 Megan Bradley, Miami (Fla.) 2004 Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor 2004 Amber Liu, Stanford 2003 Amer Delic, Illinois 2003 Amber Liu, Stanford 2002 Matias Boeker, Georgia 2002 Bea Bielik, Wake Forest 2001 Matias Boeker, Georgia 2001 Laura Granville, Stanford 2000 Alex Kim, Stanford 2000 Laura Granville, Stanford 1999 James Blake, Harvard 1999 Zuzana Lesenarova, San Diego 1998 Bob Bryan, Stanford 1998 Vanessa Webb, Duke 1997 Thomas Dupre, Mississippi State 1997 Lilia Osterloh, Stanford 1996 Cecil Mamiit, USC 1996 Jill Craybas, Florida 1995 Sargis Sargsian, Arizona State 1995 Keri Phebus, UCLA 1994 Mark Merklein, Florida 1994 Angela Lettiere, Georgia 1993 Chris Woodruff, Tennessee 1993 Lisa Raymond, Florida 1992 Alex O'Brien, Stanford 1992 Lisa Raymond, Florida 1991 Al Parker, Georgia 1991 Sandra Birch, Stanford 1990 Steve Bryan, Texas 1990 Debbie Graham, Stanford 1989 MaliVai Washington, Michigan 1989 Tami Whitlinger, Stanford 1988 Robbie Weiss, Pepperdine 1988 Halle Cioffi, Florida 1987 Richey Reneberg, SMU 1987 Patty Fendick, Stanford 1986 Rick Leach, USC 1986 Caroline Kuhlman, USC 1985 Mikael Pernfors, Georgia 1985 Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas) 1984 Paul Annacone, Tennessee 1984 Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas) 1983 Greg Holmes, Utah 1983 Beth Herr, USC 1982 Marcel Freeman, UCLA 1982 Vicki Nelson, Rollins 1981 Tim Mayotte, Stanford 1980 Peter Rennert, Stanford
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