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ON ITA ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS
ON ITA ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS
JUNE 19, 2023 | STEVE PRATT
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PLAYERS WELL REPRESENTED ON ITA ALL-AMERICAN TEAMSUSTA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
JUNE 19, 2023
ITA All-American Maddy Sieg of the University of Southern California competes in last year’s SoCal Pro Series event at Lakewood Tennis Center.
(Photo – Lexie Wanninger/USTA SoCal)
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There is no bigger distinction or accolade that a college tennis player can receive for a season’s worth of work than being named an All-American by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
All the way from Jakarta, Indonesia, Pepperdine senior-to-be Janice Tjen will once again enjoy her summer months knowing her body of work during the 2022-23 season was good enough to place her on not just one, but two All-American teams recently in both singles and doubles. It was the fourth time in her career that the Indonesian Fed Cup player Tjen has been bestowed All-American status having landed on the doubles team last year, and singles in 2021 as a freshman for the University of Oregon.
Following her run to the NCAA’s singles semifinals as a freshman in 2021, Tjen made the decision to transfer south from Eugene, Ore., to the warmer climate and outdoor tennis in Malibu.
To be honored as an ITA All-American on the Division I level, a men’s or women’s player has to earn a top 16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship, advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Championship, or finish in the top 20 of the final ITA Singles Rankings. The All-American status is awarded to doubles teams that earn a top-eight seed into the NCAA Doubles Championship, reach the NCAA Doubles Championship Quarterfinals, or finish in the top 10 of the final ITA Doubles Rankings.
The West Coast Conference Player of the Year Tjen ended the year No. 18 in singles and No. 1 in doubles with partner Savannah Broadus, who she shared the court with in the fall as the pair were crowned ITA Fall National Doubles Champions.
On the men’s front, it was a Pepperdine doubles team that represented all of SoCal players and schools Division I as Daniel De Jonge and Tim Zeitvogel were named All American’s by making it to the NCAA semifinals.
Irvine’s Carson Branstine of Texas A&M repeated her 2022 All-American status, this year doing it in doubles with partner Mary Stoiana after landing on the team in singles in 2022. But for Branstine – a decorated junior player who won two Grand Slams doubles titles with Bianca Andreescu 2017 at the Australian and French Opens – it was an unfulfilling year as she was injured after starting the year with nine straight wins. During that run Branstine and Stoiana picked up five wins in their nine matches together which shot them to No. 2 on the ITA doubles rankings and ultimately earned them a No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament. The duo could not compete but was still awarded All-America honors for being named as a seeded pairing and finished the year at No. 7.
Of course, UCLA’s freshman sensation Fangran Tian was named All American after her incredible run all the way to the NCAA singles title, as was her semifinal opponent and fellow freshman Maddy Sieg of USC, who also was named doubles All American making it to the final four and playing alongside senior Eryn Cayetano in her final match as a Trojan. The pairing finished No. 9 in the nation’s final rankings, just a few spots ahead of UCLA’s Kimmi Hance and Elise Wagle at No. 12, good for All-American status.
With so few SoCal schools competing in NCAA Division II tennis, only Eleonora Liga of Azusa Pacific University was named All American as she finished the season ranked No. 12 in singles. The criteria for ITA All-American honors in Division II includes finishing the season in the top 20 of the ITA singles rankings.
The selection criteria for Division III All-Americans is a little more detailed, and includes the following: top 8 seed in the NCAA singles tournament, win one round at the NCAA singles tournament, finish in the Top 20 in the final ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the ITA National Small College Championships (ITA Cup). All-American honors are awarded to doubles teams that are a top 4 seed in NCAA doubles tournament, win one round at the NCAA doubles tournament, finish in the Top 10 in the final ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win the ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the ITA National Small College Championships.
Division III Men’s All-Americans: No. 6 Advik Mareedu, CMS; No. 17 Hayden Snyder, Pomona-Pitzer in singles and Christian Settles/Matthew Robinson, CMS, and Matthew Feng/Eshaan Lumba, Pomona Pitzer, in doubles.
Division III Women’s All-Americans: Alisha Chulani, CMS; Angie Zhou, Pomona-Pitzer; Audrey Yoon, CMS; Katherine Wurster, CMS in singles; Alisha Chulani/Nikolina Batoshvili, CMS; Lauren Rha/Nina Ye, Pomona-Pitzer; Lindsey Eisenman/Gabby Lee, CMS.