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Big 12 Garners 11 ITA All-America Honors
June 07, 2013
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Ten student-athletes from the Big 12 earned spots on the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America Teams for Division I men’s and women’s tennis. Over the last 17 years, the Conference has had 122 All-America selections.

The league landed four competitors on the women’s doubles squad, including Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva (Baylor) and Hermon Brhane and Whitney Ritchie (Oklahoma). Burgic also made the singles team along with Petra Niedermayerova (Kansas State), Stefanie Tan (TCU) and Breaunna Addison (Texas).

On the men’s side, the Texas duo of Chris Camillone and David Holiner made the doubles list while UT teammate Søren Hess-Olesen earned a nod as a singles competitor.

In 2013, Burgic racked up a 25-5 dual-match record and ended the season on a 17-match win streak with all of those contests coming at the No. 1 spot. Overall, Burgic finished 42-8 on the season and 24-6 against ranked opponents. The Lukavac, Bosnia & Herzegovina, product was named the Big 12 Player of the Year and the ITA Texas Region Player to Watch.

With Kisialeva, the duo had a 19-3 record on court 1 and a 25-3 mark overall. The BU tandem was 8-2 in its last 10 decisions, including six straight wins.

Brhane and Ritchie finished the season ranked ninth nationally. The pair made it to the round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championship and compiled a a 14-6 record. Both were members of the All-Big 12 Singles and Doubles Teams, and Brhane was also the 2013 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

Niedermayerova ended her season on the court with a school record mark of 32-10 (.762) in singles play. She finished with her second straight appearance in the NCAA Singles Championships Round of 16 and notched wins in six of her final eight matches. For the season, she possessed a 12-8 record against ITA ranked singles opponents.

Tan closed out the season with a 24-11 record after making it to the NCAA singles round of 16. The Bishan, Singapore-native became TCU’s first singles All-American since 2009.

Addison’s first semester of college tennis ended with ITA singles All-America honors after making a run to the semifinals of the women’s singles draw and collecting a 30-7 overall singles record. She is the first Texas freshman to reach the NCAA singles quarterfinals or beyond and just the third Longhorn ever to reach the NCAA singles semifinals.

Camillone and Holiner made a deep run in postseason play, becoming the first Longhorn doubles team to advance to the NCAA Doubles Championship match since 1995 after defeating three top-five teams in the tournament, including the top overall seed. After beginning the season as the 8th-ranked team in the nation, Camillone and Holiner finished the season with an 18-9 doubles record. During their three-year run as a doubles team, the pair went 39-20.

Hess-Olesen concluded his postseason run in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship and ended his season with a 21-11 overall record, including seven wins in his last eight singles matches.

In order to earn recognition on the singles squad, a player must be a top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championships, reach the Round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championships or finish in the top 20 of the final ITA rankings. For doubles honors, a student-athlete must be a top eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championships, reach quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships or finish in the top 10 of the final ITA rankings.

In total, the Big 12 had 20 singles players (12 men, eight women) and 19 doubles tandems (five men, eight women) ranked in the final ITA individual listings.

In the final ITA team rankings, five Big 12 men’s squads were ranked in the top 50, including two in the top 25. Regular season champion Baylor is the highest ranked Big 12 member at No. 12.

On the women’s side, seven league squads are listed in the top 55, while three made the top 25. It is fifth time in league history that at least three teams have been ranked in the top 25. Texas is the highest ranked women’s team at No. 17.

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