Trinity Men and Women Selected For ITA DIII Indoors

SKILLMAN, N.J.  – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released today the eight-team fields for the 2013 ITA Division III National Men’s and Women’s Team Indoor Championships.

The 13th Annual ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championships will be held February 22-24, 2013 in St. Peter, Minn., at the Swanson Tennis Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. The Golden Gusties will be hosting for the tenth time.

Participating schools include: Cal Lutheran, Emory, Gustavus Adolphus, Johns Hopkins, Kenyon, NC Wesleyan, Trinity (Texas) and UC-Santa Cruz.

Emory is looking for its third consecutive title, as the Eagles defeated UC-Santa Cruz, 7-2, last year before moving on to capture the NCAA Division III title. Emory has won more ITA National Indoor Championships (5) than any school, followed by Gustavus Adolphus (4) and UC-Santa Cruz (3).

The 5th Annual ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championships will be held March 1-3, 2013 in Greencastle, Ind., at the Indoor Tennis & Track Center on the campus of DePauw University. The Tigers will be hosting for the third time.

The women’s field includes: Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, DePauw, Johns Hopkins, Skidmore, Trinity (Texas), UW-Whitewater and Washington & Lee.

Washington & Lee looks to defend its title after defeating Carnegie Mellon in a marathon match last year that lasted nearly six hours. Emory is the only school to win multiple titles (2010, 2011).

Aggie Adams Reaches Open Third Round

NEW YORK—Texas A&M true freshman men’s tennis player Harrison Adams continued to make a splash Thursday in his first U.S. Open Junior Championships being held in New York. Adams defeated the No. 11-seed Daniel Masur of Germany, 6-3, 6-4, in the second round played earlier on Thursday and then came back against the No. 8-seed Kaichi Uchida and lost a tough, hard-fought match, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) in the third round Thursday evening.

“I am very proud of Harrison,” Aggie head tennis coach Steve Denton said. “He beat the 11th-seed this morning and went toe-to-toe with a Top 10 player in Uchida of Japan. This really bodes well for him as a rising star on the collegiate ranks representing Texas A&M. The 12th Man is really going to enjoy watching him play.”

Harrison began playing tennis at the age of three and comes from a tennis family as the fourth of six children of Dr. Don and Cynthia Harrison. His father played at Texas Tech and his mother played at Oklahoma Christian University. His older brother Henson played at Oklahoma Christian University while two sisters Alex and Samantha played at Texas Tech. Samantha is a former Texas No. 1 player who earned All-Big 12 honors as a freshman as well as ITA Rookie of the Year honors. Younger siblings Henry and Sarah excel in their age group as well.

As a freshman at New Braunfels High School, Adams helped the team win the Texas Team 5A State Championship and also a Mixed Doubles State championship with his sister, Samantha. The duo would go on to win the Texas U.S. Open Qualifier in mixed doubles.

In 2011, he represented the state of Texas and helped the team win the Boys 18 USTA National Team Championship going undefeated along the way. He also earned his first ATP point at the age of 16 in his first professional futures tournament in 2011 in Brownsville, Texas, and reached the doubles semifinals in the 2011 Tulsa Futures as well as the doubles finals of the Niceville, Florida, Futures event.

The Texas native was granted a wild card into the main draw at the U.S Open. Most recently Adams made the Round of 16 at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He also teamed with Aggie fellow freshman Shane Vinsant to win the doubles championship at the USTA Freeman Men’s Futures Tournament in Joplin, Missouri.

Baylor Women Add Three To Roster

Bears bolster lineup with transfers from Alabama and Vanderbilt.

WACO – The Baylor women’s tennis team will have at least three new faces next season, after head coach Joey Scrivano added Alex Clay, Victoria Kisialeva and Alex Leatu to his roster for the 2012-13 season.

“The thing so far with all three of them is they are very hungry to prove themselves and they are eager to develop,” Scrivano said. “That is a great formula for individual success. Anytime we get recruiting classes that have a chip on their shoulder, we usually do really good things.”

Clay, who comes to Baylor after two seasons at Alabama, collected 13 singles wins in her sophomore season. In 2011, she went 22-10 with 14 dual match victories. Her best win came against 35th-raned Alex Cercone of Florida in straight sets. Before attending Alabama, Clay was ranked No. 15 recruit in the nation, No. 7 in the Southeast, and No. 2 in the state of Georgia by TennisRecruiting.net.

“Alex is a really good ball striker,” Scrivano said. “She plays a style of tennis that we really like by taking the ball early and being aggressive. We were really excited to get her, so late in the recruiting process.”

The youngest of the three newcomers, Kisialeva, is a redshirt-freshman, who spent one year at the Belorussian State University of Physical Culture in her native Belarus. She was the Belarus National Champion in both the under-12 and under-16 age categories. Kisialeva also played for the Belorussian junior Fed Cup Team from 2008-11. She has one ITF junior tournament win under her belt, plus five tournament final appearances in singles. In doubles, she has eight tournament wins and has made it to the finals of an event on eight other occasions.

“Victoria has a very good junior background,” Scrivano said. “She fits the mold of a player that is already very accomplished, but wants to come to Baylor to get even better.”

Leatu played the No. 1 singles position for Vanderbilt during her freshman year and went 18-16. This past season, she battled through a shoulder injury and had surgery upon her arrival to Baylor. She will be ready to get back on the court in the spring.

“Leatu has a solid all-around game,” Scrivano said. “We feel like she has a base that we can really build on. She has proven that she can play at the No. 1 spot and have success. On a team with so much youth, any proven player is going to help a lot.”

Scrivano expects to add at least one more player before the dual-match season starts in January.

The Bears will start fall individual play on Sept. 19 when select players travel to the Midland Invitational in Midland.