UTEP women add two

EL PASO – The UTEP tennis team has made plenty of strides recently under head coach Jamie Campbell, and to sustain the run she has secured national letters of intent from a pair of international standouts. Dariya Abdrokhmanova will join UTEP in time for the 2010 dual-match season while Kristina Kinarkina will arrive in El Paso ready to compete in the fall 2010 slate.

Abdrokhmanova is a native of Samara, Russia, and she will have four years of eligibility with the Miners. She will join the Orange and Blue out of Samara Sport Liceym, and the right-handed player has quite a pedigree.

She won regional championships in both singles and doubles in 2008 & 2009, and has been a member of the All-Region Team since 2004. The efforts have garnered her placement as high as 36th in the nation for 16s singles. Other accomplishments on the court include guiding her squad to a third-place showing at the 2003 Russian Team tournament.

Abdrokhmanova also boasts accolades for academic achievement, having earned awards entitled “The Diploma” as result of excelling in biology and physical education classes.

“Dariya is an extremely powerful player who will immediately impact the top of our lineup in both singles and doubles,” Campbell said. “She brings a great deal of international playing experience to our team. She is also an excellent student. She will transition smoothly and handles the demands of being an NCAA Division I tennis player.”

Kinarkina, who is originally from Tula, Russia, has made a name for herself while playing for the Niagara Academy of Tennis. The academy is located in Vineland, Ontario, Canada. She boasts a rating of 22nd in the 18s of the Ontario provincial rankings.

The right-handed player has competed at several prestigious international events, advancing to the quarterfinals in two of the tournaments. Kinarkina has forged a mark of 8-4 during the 2009 season, with a pair of those triumphs coming in a highly-competitive tournament in October.

“We are very excited about the early signing of Kristina to the UTEP tennis program for fall 2010,” Campbell said. “She is an explosive, all-court player who will be a force in Conference USA. She will add great depth to the top of our roster.”

A&M’s Krajicek helps U.S. at Master’U

Texas A&M men’s tennis All-American Austin Krajicek was one of six top American collegians who led the United States to the team championship title at the fourth annual Master’U BNP Paribas international collegiate tournament held over the weekend in Poitiers, France.

Krajicek, a junior left-hander from Brandon, Fla., defeated Patrick Fischer, 7-6, 6-2, in a 7-0 opening-round victory for the U.S. over Switzerland on Friday. He and American teammate Steve Johnson of defending national champion USC also beat Dorian Descloix and Elie Rousset, 6-4, 6-4, in doubles to help Team USA edge host France, 4-3, in the championship finals on Sunday.

It marked the second time in which Krajicek was selected to participate in international competition during his decorated Aggie career. He was previously selected by Patrick McEnroe to serve as a practice player for the U.S. Davis Cup Team in Madrid, Spain in 2008.

The U.S. men’s team was coached by Boise State head coach Greg Patton and also featured Eric Quigley of Kentucky. Meanwhile, the women’s team was comprised of Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech, Kristy Frilling of Notre Dame and Caitlin Whoriskey of Tennessee. Team USA competed in a talented field that included teams from Belgium, China, Germany, Ireland and Mexico.

MASTER’U BNP PARIBAS
Dec. 9-14, 2009
Poitevin Tennis Club
at Poitiers, France

FINALS
USA 4, France 3
Men’s Singles
No. 1 – Dorian Descloix (FRA) def. Steve Johnson (USA), 6-2, 6-7, 7-6.
No. 2 – Maxime Quinqueneau (FRA) def. Austin Krajicek (USA), 7-6, 6-3.
Women’s Singles
No. 1 – Irina Falconi (USA) def. Nathalie Piquion (FRA), 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2 – Manon Garcia (FRA) def. Caitlin Whoriskey (USA), 7-6, 6-4.
Men’s Doubles
Johnson-Krajicek (USA) def. Descloix-Elie Rousset (FRA), 6-4, 6-4.
Women’s Doubles
Falconi-Whoriskey (USA) def. Garcia-Fanny Fracassi (FRA), 6-3, 6-2.
Mixed Doubles
Kristy Frilling-Eric Quigley (USA) def. Piquion-Quinqueneau (FRA), 6-4, 6-2.

SEMIFINALS
USA 5, Great Britain 1

Men’s Singles
No. 1 – Steve Johnson (USA) def. Richard Irwin (GBR), 6-2, 6-7, 6-4.
No. 2 – Eric Quigley (USA) def. Keith Meisner (GBR), 6-3, 6-3.
Women’s Singles
No. 1 – Irina Falconi (USA) def. Claire Ricketts (GBR), 6-3, 6-3.
No. 2 – Kristy Frilling (USA) def. Annabel Bann (GBR), 6-3, 6-4.
Men’s Doubles
Brassington-Meisner (GBR) def. Johnson-Austin Krajicek (USA), 8-4.
Women’s Doubles
Caitlin Whoriskey-Falconi (USA) def. Ricketts-Birney (GBR), 9-8 (0).
Mixed Doubles
Did Not Play

OPENING ROUND
USA 7, Switzerland 0

Men’s Singles
No. 1 – Austin Krajicek (USA) def. Patrick Fischer (SUI), 7-6, 6-2.
No. 2 – Eric Quigley (USA) def. Thomas Petrich (SUI), 6-2, 6-1.
Women’s Singles
No. 1 – Irina Falconi (USA) def. Milica Tomic (SUI), 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 – Caitlyn Whoriskey (USA) def. Frey Sarah (SUI), 6-1, 6-0.
Men’s Doubles
Johnson-Quigley (USA) def. Fisher-Flury (SUI), 6-4, 6-4.
Women’s Doubles
Frilling-Whoriskey (USA) def. Tomic-Frey (SUI), 6-2, 6-1.
Mixed Doubles
USA def. SUI, 8-1.

Houston’s Starratt Conference USA Tennis Player of the Month

IRVING – Neila Starratt of Houston was named the Conference USA Tennis Player of the Month, as announced by the league office Wednesday. Starratt won the singles championship at the Alonti Cougar Fall Draw, along with a doubles championship, while going a perfect 6-0 during the month of November.

FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Neila Starratt – Houston, Senior (Bedford, Nova Scotia) Starratt captured the singles championship in the Flight D bracket of the 2009 Alonti Cougar Fall Draw, defeating Southeastern Louisiana’s Annika Nanke in the finals 7-5, 6-0, and earning her first career singles title. The Bedford, Nova Scotia native also earned the Flight B doubles championship of the event alongside partner Joanna Kacprayk. For more information: http://conferenceusa.cstv.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/120209aaa.html

Rice Women Sign Canadian Junior Champion

Houston – Rice women’s tennis coach Elizabeth Schmidt announced the signing of Dominique Harmath to a national letter of intent to play tennis for the Owls beginning with the 2010-11 school year.

“We are thrilled that Dominique will be joining our team.” Schmidt said. “She is a tenacious competitor and a proven winner both on and off the court. Dominique’s work ethic and passion for the game are unsurpassed and she will be a great fit with the culture of our program,” Schmidt noted.

Harmath, who is from Toronto, was a finalist in the 2009 Under 18 Outdoor Junior Canadian National Championship in singles in addition to capturing the Under 18 Outdoor title in doubles Saskatoon, Saskatchewan last April. She won the Ontario U/18 singles finished third at the 2009 Canadian U/18 Indoor singles event while reaching the finals in doubles.

Last summer Harmath reached semifinals in singles at the ITA Summer Circuit event at Cornell University as well as at the USTA Yale Summer Championships. She has also been competing on the ITF circuit and has a current WTA ranking of 964.

Harmath is a senior at Northview Heights Secondary School, North York, Ontario where she has achieved “First Class Honors” and received the Honor Roll Certificate for Excellence In Education 2007, 2008, 2009.