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2012 Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year named

June 15, 2012 03:12 PM
Nicole Gibbs finished her sophomore season with a 41-5 record.
Steve Johnson led USC to four consecutive NCAA Men's Team Championships to go along with his back-to-back NCAA Men's Singles Championships.
SKILLMAN, N.J. -- Stanford's Nicole Gibbs and USC's Steve Johnson have been named the 2012 Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year, the ITA announced today. Additionally, Gibbs and doubles partner Mallory Burdette were named the Campbell/ITA National Women's Doubles Team of the Year, while Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola of Ohio State were honored on the men's side.
 
The Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year awards are given to one male and one female singles player who have had the most outstanding year in college tennis. The collegiate players will be recognized at the 2012 International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 14, in Newport, R.I., during the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
 
Stanford's Nicole Gibbs closed out the 2011-12 season in impressive fashion, winning her final 17 singles matches to finish with an overall singles record of 41-5 in her sophomore campaign. She put together a solid fall season that included claiming the 2011 USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Singles Championship. Gibbs picked up her level of play for the post-season in the spring, capturing the 2012 Pac-12 Singles Championship en route to be named the 2012 Pac-12 Women's Player of the Year. In the NCAA Women's Singles Championship, Gibbs defeated Florida's Allie Will, the player ranked No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings heading into the NCAA Championships, in the semifinals. She outlasted teammate and doubles partner Burdette in the finals, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, to win the 2012 NCAA Women's Singles crown. Gibbs earned ITA All-America honors for both singles and doubles, making her a four-time ITA All-American.
 
Steve Johnson capped off a stellar four-year career at USC fittingly: taking home the 2012 NCAA Men's Singles Championship. Johnson heads into the pro ranks as one of the most decorated players in college tennis history, helping his team to four consecutive NCAA Men's Team Championships to go along with his back-to-back NCAA Men's Singles Championships. He ended his career on a 72-match singles winning streak, including a perfect 37-0 in his senior season. Johnson was named the 2012 Pac-12 Men's Player of the Year, his second season to be chosen for that award. He was also selected as the 2012 ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year honoree. Johnson finishes his career as a seven-time ITA All-American after earning both singles and doubles honors this season. He was also named the Campbell/ITA Men's Player of the Year last season, becoming just the third men's player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. 
 
Stanford has now produced the last three NCAA Women's Doubles Champions, as Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs were able to defeat Georgia's Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson, 6-2, 6-4, in the final to give the Cardinals its 15th collegiate doubles title in program history. Burdette also claimed the NCAA Women's Doubles title last season when she teamed up with Hilary Barte to do so. Burdette and Gibbs finished the year with a solid record of 35-5, including 18-2 in dual action. The duo played a total of 22 matches against ranked tandems this season, compiling an impressive 18 wins against just four losses. Burdette and Gibbs also started out the season on a positive note, taking home the 2011 ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Doubles title in the fall.
 
Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola were simply a dominating force in collegiate men's doubles this season. The duo accomplished something no other tandem had been able to pull off in previous years, claiming the three major collegiate championships in the same season -- the ITA Men's All-American Championship, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship and the NCAA Championship. The pair spent the entire spring atop the Campbell/ITA Division I Men's Doubles Rankings following the two major titles in the fall. Buchanan and Rola finished off the triple crown in Athens, Ga. with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Texas Tech's Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar in the NCAA Doubles Championship match. The tandem went 36-4 on the season overall, with half of those victories coming against ranked competition.
 
Past ITA National Players of the Year:
 
Men
 
Women
 
2012
Steve Johnson, USC
2012
Nicole Gibbs, Stanford
2011
Steve Johnson, USC
2011
Jana Juricova, California
2010
Robert Farah, USC
2010
Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech
2009
Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Ok. State
2009
Mallory Cecil, Duke
2008
Somdev Devvarman, Virginia
2008
Amanda McDowell, Ga. Tech
2007
Somdev Devvarman, Virginia
2007
Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.)
2006
Benjamin Kohlloeffel, UCLA
2006
Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.)
2005
Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor
2005
Megan Bradley, Miami (Fla.)
2004
Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor
2004
Amber Liu, Stanford
2003
Amer Delic, Illinois
2003
Amber Liu, Stanford
2002
Matias Boeker, Georgia
2002
Bea Bielik, Wake Forest
2001
Matias Boeker, Georgia
2001
Laura Granville, Stanford
2000
Alex Kim, Stanford
2000
Laura Granville, Stanford
1999
James Blake, Harvard
1999
Zuzana Lesenarova, San Diego
1998
Bob Bryan, Stanford
1998
Vanessa Webb, Duke
1997
Thomas Dupre, Mississippi State
1997
Lilia Osterloh, Stanford
1996
Cecil Mamiit, USC
1996
Jill Craybas, Florida
1995
Sargis Sargsian, Arizona State
1995
Keri Phebus, UCLA
1994
Mark Merklein, Florida
1994
Angela Lettiere, Georgia
1993
Chris Woodruff, Tennessee
1993
Lisa Raymond, Florida
1992
Alex O'Brien, Stanford
1992
Lisa Raymond, Florida
1991
Al Parker, Georgia
1991
Sandra Birch, Stanford
1990
Steve Bryan, Texas
1990
Debbie Graham, Stanford
1989
MaliVai Washington, Michigan
1989
Tami Whitlinger, Stanford
1988
Robbie Weiss, Pepperdine
1988
Halle Cioffi, Florida
1987
Richey Reneberg, SMU
1987
Patty Fendick, Stanford
1986
Rick Leach, USC
1986
Caroline Kuhlman, USC
1985
Mikael Pernfors, Georgia
1985
Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas)
1984
Paul Annacone, Tennessee
1984
Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas)
1983
Greg Holmes, Utah
1983
Beth Herr, USC
1982
Marcel Freeman, UCLA
1982
Vicki Nelson, Rollins
1981
Tim Mayotte, Stanford
 
 
1980
Peter Rennert, Stanford
 
 
 
Past ITA National Doubles Teams of the Year:
Men
 
2012
Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola, Ohio State
2011
John-Patrick Smith/Boris Conkic, Tennessee
2010
Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha, Duke
2009
Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee
2008
Robert Farah/Kaes Van't Hof, USC
2007
Luis Flores/John Isner, Georgia
2006
Kevin Anderson/Ryan Rowe, Illinois
2005
John Isner/Antonio Ruiz, Georgia
2004
Richard Barker/William Barker, Rice
2003
Richard Barker/William Barker, Rice
2002
Andrew Colombo/Marc Kovacs, Auburn
2001
Matias Boeker/Travis Parrott, Georgia
2000
Geoff Abrams/Alex Kim, Stanford
 
 
Women
2012
Mallory Burdette/Nicole Gibbs, Stanford
2011
Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette, Stanford
2010
Natalie Pluskota/Caitlin Whoriskey, Tennessee
2009
Renata Kucerkova/Anastasia Petukhova, Fresno State
2008
Riza Zalameda/Tracy Lin, UCLA
2007
Sara Anundsen/Jenna Long, North Carolina
2006
Alice Barnes/Anne Yelsey, Stanford
2005
Alice Barnes/Erin Burdette, Stanford
2004
Lauren Barnikow/Erin Burdette, Stanford
2003
Christina Fusano/Raquel Kops-Jones, California
2002
Lauren Kalvaria/Gabriela Lastra, Stanford
2001
Whitney Laiho/Jessica Lehnhoff, Florida
2000
Claire Curran/Amy Jensen, California
 
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