Men’s DI Indoor Draft

The ITA held their second annual DI Kickoff Weekend Draft for the 2010 season on Wednesday. In my opinion the whole thing turned out pretty sad. The three Texas regionals: Baylor, Texas and A&M are all pretty much filled with teams they are planning to play anyways.

The worst case of this is the College Station regional where Oklahoma State and Rice selected to go, although both will play the Aggies during the regular season. TCU and TAMU-CC elected to play in Waco due to the proximity also. Texas Tech will begin their season where the 2009 campaign fell apart, Austin.

Budget woes are the source of this lack of travel.

So here’s the complete skinny on the local regionals: in Waco will be 1. Baylor, 2. TCU, 3. TAMU-CC and 4. Iowa; in Austin is 1. Texas, 2. Texas Tech, 3. Cal and 4. Middle Tennessee; and in College Station will be 1. TAMU, 2. Oklahoma State, 3. Rice and 4. Fresno State.

The first rounds will be the weekend of January 29th. In College Station, matches will be Friday and Saturday with Sunday being the rain date. In Waco and Austin, matches are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, with a rain date being Monday.

Tomorrow marks the women’s draft.

Gottfried, Russell named to Trinity HOF

Brian Gottfried and Jo Anne Russell will be inducted into the Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame this November.

Gottfried was an All-American in 1971 and 1972 and was the NCAA runner-up in singles (to teammate Dick Stockton) and doubles (with Paul Gerken) in 1972, the same year the Tigers won the national team title (great old si article). He reached a career high of #3 in the world in singles in 1977. He captured 25 singles and 54 doubles title in his career. He was a finalist at Roland Garros in 1977 as well, falling to Guillermo Vilas. He won three grand slam doubles title, including the 1975, 1977 Roland Garros titles and the 1976 title, each with his partner Raul Ramirez of Mexico.

Russell won an NCAA doubles title in 1975 with partner Donna Stockton. Trinity team won national championships in 1973 and 1975, as well as a second-place finish in 1974. Russell won the Wimbledon doubles championship title in 1977 with Helen Gourlay. Russell also held the world No. 1 doubles ranking in 1978 with Rosie Casals. In addition, she achieved a world singles ranking as high as No. 11 in 1977. 

 

THE OFFICIAL RELEASE

Trinity University Director of Athletics Bob King announces the sixth Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Nov. 7, during the school’s Alumni Weekend.

The ceremony will be held at halftime of the Trinity Tigers’ Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football game with the Centre College (Ky.) Colonels, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Central Time at E.M. Stevens Stadium. An open reception will be held in the lobby of the William H. Bell Athletic Center following the game.

The Class of 2009 inductees are: Clyde Glosson, men’s track and field (1966-1968); Brian Gottfried, men’s tennis (1971-1972); Mickey Mahler, baseball (1972-1974); the late Ricky Mahler, baseball (1972-1973); the late Pete Murphy, men’s basketball player (1948-1950) and coach (1972-1986);  Jo Anne Russell, women’s tennis (1973-1975); and Mike Scott, football (1970-1973).

Mr. King, the chair of the Hall of Fame selection committee, and University President Dr. John R. Brazil will introduce the inductees during the ceremony.

A special plaque of each 2009 honoree will be mounted on the Athletic Hall of Fame wall in the Bell Center, along with the other classes. Recent photos, along with photos of the honorees during their collegiate competition days, are included on the plaques, as well as athletic accomplishments.

Nominations were received from throughout the nation. Criteria for induction included demonstrated excellence in athletic skill and accomplishments at Trinity. Former administrators and coaches of Trinity were also eligible for induction.

 A selection committee chose the finalists.

TCU getting/losing players?, ITA Indoors Draft

RUMOR MILL

This is always a strange time of the year, as the season just ended and rumor abound of players turning pro or moving on to other schools. This summer is no different, as several names have circulated in the air over the last month. Unless these players register for school, which will likely not be until August, things can always change.

The biggest name I have heard that may be moving on would be Megan Alexander. It appears that despite her sister enjoying a great freshman season, Megan may be leaving Florida and heading to TCU to join her friend, Nina Much-Soegaard. There was a rumor that she could end up at Texas, but the Longhorns really don’t have any scholarships to hand out unless Corovic moves on. That whole situation is on hold it seems.

Also on the TCU rumor front was that several Texans on the men’s were thinking about transferring. That seems to have died down, although it is likely that Jack Seider may still move on. He’s a great kid and think he would be a real asset on many teams.

It is still too early to figure out who will turn pro and not return in the fall. I really don’t see anyone in that situation this year on any of the Texas teams. We will follow everyone progress during the ITA summer season and in the various ITFs.

ITA DRAFTS

Speaking of the ITA, the draft for the indoors will be this Wednesday (men) and Thursday (women). 15 teams host regional sites, including Baylor (men and women), Texas (men) and Texas A&M (men).  This should once again be very exciting. I am curious to see if Baylor ends up with a weak pod once again like last year when nobody wanted to go their. Hmmmm.

My guess is that the first picks should go to the Alabama and Kentucky sites, although I doubt Wake Forest selects UK after winning that regional in the NCAAs last month. Ohio State may be one of those schools someone may take a gamble on since they are going to lose a few players and most coaches don’t really know what they have coming in.

Anyhow, if you are interested in following the draft, go to the ITA website tomorrow at 10 AM Central.

TCU Assistant Claims Title

TCU women’s tennis assistant coach Colin Foster earned the Charlie McCleary-Waco Open singles title Sunday at the Waco Regional Tennis and Fitness Center.

“It’s always fun to get out and compete,” Foster said. “I enjoy working with the team and competing as a coach all season long, but to get out and play myself is always a lot of fun. I think it helps me improve as a coach when I can experience what they are experiencing when they are battling on the courts.”

Foster secured the title after posting a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) decision over Filip Kanczula. Foster entered the 64-man tournament as the eighth seed overall, picking up five wins over the weekend to claim biggest post-graduate victory.

“I played pretty well throughout the tournament,” Foster said. “He was a good player. He had a three-hour match in the morning, so that might have given me an advantage. I did a good job of being focused. I had a 4-1 lead in the third set, and after letting it slip away, I regouped and pull it out in the tiebreaker.”

The Western Springs, Ill., product had to surpass a pair of higher-seeded players to reach the finals, knocking off second-seed Tim Shuler and sixth-seed Theron Cole.

“They were both good players,” Foster added. “I was able to find their weakness and keep going after them until I broke them down. It was good to get some momentum going heading into the final rounds.”

Foster picked up his second consecutive ITA Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year award this season, helping guide the Frogs’ to their second MWC tournament title in four years. Foster came to the Metroplex in the fall of 2006. Since his arrival, the Frogs have reached the NCAA Tournament three times and have been ranked among the nation’s top-20 each of the last three seasons.

Charlie McCleary-Waco Open
Waco Regional Tennis and Fitness Center – Waco

R32: #8 Colin Foster def. Bentley Dye, 6-0, 6-1
R16: #8 Colin Foster def. #13 D. Womack, 6-1, 6-4
QF: #8 Colin Foster def. #2 Tim Shuler, 6-1, 6-2
SF: #8 Colin Foster def. #6 Theron Cole, 6-3, 6-0
Finals: #8 Colin Foster def. Filip Kanczula, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4)