More ITA, USTA Honors For Trojan Tennis|
June 28, 2011
As the tennis season fades into the distance, awards continue to accumulate on the honor rolls of USC student-athletes. Steve Johnson and Maria Sanchez' respective lists have grown further with selection to the 2011 ITA All-Star Team. That goes along with a spot on the USTA Collegiate Team this summer, where Johnson will be joined on the men's side by teammate Ray Sarmiento. All three were selected as ITA All-Americans, with Johnson and Sarmiento having helped the USC men win their third straight NCAA Team Championship.
Both honored as the Pac-10 Players of the Year this past season, NCAA champion Steve Johnson and ITA National Indoor champion Maria Sanchez were selected among just three men and three women for honors on the ITA All-Star Team for Division I singles. They will attend a ceremony held at at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 27.
This 28th edition of the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team includes the nation's top-ranked men's and women's tennis players from the season-ending Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA levels, as well as champions from the 2010 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and 2011 NCAA Championships.
Together with Johnson and Sanchez, Ray Sarmiento's summer schedule will fill up further with his first selection to the USTA Collegiate Team. Johnson and Sanchez both have run the Collegiate Team circuit before as they set up for a return trip to the USTA squad. The USTA Summer Team is an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players. The program began in 1996 and is funded by the USTA. It is designed to provide college players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the year.
In addition to competing on the USTA Pro Circuit, USTA Player Development is hosting two Pro Tour Transition camps - one for men, one for women - for the selected players. The men's camp was held June 9-15 on clay courts in Boca Raton, Fla., while the women's camp will be conducted July 2-8 on hard courts in Boca Raton. Additional training opportunities for top American Collegiate players will also occur over the summer in Boca Raton and Carson, Calif.
Team members were selected based on their performance at the NCAA Championships, the ITA All-Americans and the National Indoor Championships. Players' results from the USTA Pro Circuit, ATP or WTA events were also considered. All nineteen of the players selected received 2011 ITA All-American honors.