30 College Tennis Players to Watch

Jennifer Brady (UCLA): The Bruin freshman from Boca Raton went 8-3 in singles play with a runner-up finish at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional along with a quarterfinal appearance at the NIIC's.  Brady racked up three singles wins over top 50 opponents (#27 Capra, #29 Guillermo, #Smyth).  Brady took it to the next level in doubles compiling a 14-1 record by winning the All Americans with Robin Anderson, the Southwest Regional with Catherine Harrison, and made a quarterfinal appearance at the NIICs with Harrison.  

Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M): The Aggie senior from Constanta, Romania went 15-4 in singles with a Title at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional and a Semifinal appearance at the All Americans. Stancu knocked off six ranked opponents in four days at the All Americans and overall for the fall knocked off 10 ranked opponents including four in the top 40 (#17 Scandalis, #23 Fabikova, #25 Bektas, #38 Cercone).   

Cristina also went 10-5 in doubles with Stefania Hristov as the duo won the USTA Clay Court Invitational, made it to the Quarterfinals at the All Americans, and were the runner-ups at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional.

Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA): The Bruin junior from Miami went 15-3 in singles play with a title at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional, a round of 16 appearance at the NIICs (L-Loeb), and a round of 32 appearance at the All Americans (L-Loeb). Van Nguyen knocked off five top 21 opponents (#1 Santamaria, #15 Vickers, #19 Boren, #20 Le, #21 Beazant) and both of her matches with Loeb were competitive as well (7-5 6-4 & 7-5 6-0).  

Julia Elbaba (Virginia): The Cavalier sophomore from Oyster Bay, NY went 9-2 in singles play and won the Consolation Draw at the All Americans, won the Tribe Invite, and made a quarterfinal appearance at the NIICs.  Elbaba knocked off six ranked opponents and four in the top 25 (#3 Herring, #10 Addison, #16 Oyen, #24 Mar).  Elbaba also went 11-2 in doubles play partnering with Rachel Pierson. The duo won the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional, the Tribe Invite, and made it to the quarterfinals at the NIICs.  

Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan): The Wolverine sophomore from New Kensington, Pa went 10-2 in singles play with a title at the Wolverine Invitational and the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional. Yurovsky knocked off three ranked opponents with two in the top 30 (#25 Bektas, #26 Ravita). Ronit went 9-2 in doubles winning the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional and making it to the quarterfinals of the NIICs with partner Sarah Lee. 

Kendal Woodard/Megan Kurey (Georgia Tech): The Yellow Jacket sophomore duo had a tremendous fall going 14-4 in doubles play winning the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional, a finishing as the runner-up in the consolation draw at the All Americans.  They knocked off seven ranked teams including the (#2 Garcia/Fuller) and (#4 Brhane/Ritchie) teams.  

Silvia Garcia (Georgia): The Bulldog sophomore from Madrid went 13-2 in singles play with a title at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional and a quarterfinal appearance at the NIICs.  Garcia knocked off five opponents in the top 41 (#16 Oyen, #28 Daines, #37 Tere-Apisah, #38 Cercone, #41 Batta).  

Lucia Batta (UNLV): The Rebel senior from Budapest, Hungary went 11-2 in singles play with a Title at the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional, a Title at the UNLV Invitational, and a round of 16 appearance at the NIICs.  Batta knocked off three ranked opponents with #18 Pleun Burgmans of Auburn being the highest.  

Abigail Tere-Apisah (Georgia State): The Panther senior from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea went 12-4 in singles with a runner-up finish in the consolation draw at the NIICs and a quarterfinal appearance at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional. Abigail also knocked off six ranked opponents including #4 Zsofi Susanyi of Cal. She also went 9-2 in doubles partnering primarily with Masa Grgan.  

Looking Ahead

The dual season gets cranked up with the ITA Kick Off Weekend on Jan. 24 to Jan. 27 at 25 sites throughout the country.  The Men's National Team Indoors will be hosted by Texas A&M and will take place in Houston while the University of Virginia will host the Women's National Team Indoors in Charlottesville. It'll be interesting to see if North Carolina can repeat as indoor champs on the women's side and Virginia on the men's side.  

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