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    SEC Players Honored at ITA Awards Luncheon

    FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recognized recipients of the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Awards along with the 2012 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team at the ITA Awards Luncheon hosted by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The presentation took place in the President’s Suite Dining Room as part of Arthur Ashe Kids' Day activities (Aug. 25) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.  Jon Vegosen, Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA, David A Benjamin, ITA Executive Director, and David Dinkins, former Mayor of New York City and a member of the USTA Board of Directors, were on hand to present the awards.

    Those in attendance were Ashe recipients Simon Bardell, Gienna Gonnella, Caroline Newman, Tyler McCullough, Kara Murphy, Will Petrie, Cze-Ja Tam, David Spennare and Ryan Thacher along with All-Star Team members Beatrice Capra, Kerrie Cartwright, Kaitlyn Christian, Gabrielle Clark, Annie Hwang, Eric Quigley, Menford Owusu, Dillon Pottish, Georgi Rumenov and Sabrina Santamaria.

    The 29th ITA Collegiate All-Star Team includes the nation's top-ranked men's and women's players from the year-end Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA levels, as well as winners of the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and 2012 NCAA Division I Championships.

    ITA COLLEGIATE ALL-STAR TEAM MEMBERS (SEC Only)

    Sofie Oyen/Allie Will – University of Florida

    Oyen and Will earned a spot of the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team by finishing second in the Campbell/ITA NCAA Division I Doubles season-ending rankings with a 24-4 record.  Oyen is a native of Leopoldsburg, Belgium while Will, who hails from Boca Raton, stayed in state to play for the Gators.

    Eric Quigley – University of Kentucky
    Quigley finished third in the season-ending Campbell/ITA NCAA Division I Singles Rankings, registering a 54-8 record.  The senior from Pewee Valley, Ky., completed his Wildcat career with 172 career singles wins – the most in school history. Quigley was a five-time ITA All-American at UK and co-recipient of the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award.  He is the first men’s player in school history to earn a spot on the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team.