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ITA All-Stars to Receive Star Treatment

The 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Star team hosted by the USTA will be honored at a private luncheon on August 26 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in conjunction with Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.

This 23rd edition of the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team includes the nation's top-ranked men's and women's tennis players at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and II, NAIA and NJCAA levels, as well as champions from the 2005 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and 2006 NCAA Championships.

This year's women's all-stars are: Melissa Applebaum of Miami (Fla.), Emily Applegate of Washington & Lee (Va.), Suzi Babos of California, Alice Barnes of Stanford, Audra Cohen of Miami (Fla.), Luisa Cowper of Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.), Cristelle Grier of Northwestern, Jelena Pandzic of Fresno Pacific, Alexis Prousis of Northwestern, Marta Simic of Broward Community College (Fla.), Diana Srebrovic of Florida, and Anne Yelsey of Stanford.

The men's all-stars are: Kevin Anderson of Illinois, Andre Begemann of Pepperdine, Will Boe-Wiegaard of Bates (Maine), Luigi D'Agord of Miami (Fla.), Scott Doerner of Pepperdine, Scott Green of Ohio State, Mislav Hizak of Embry-Riddle (Fla.), John Isner of Georgia, Damian Johnson of Temple College (Texas), Benjamin Kohlloeffel of UCLA, Mattias Oddone of Drury (Mo.), Ryan Rowe of Illinois, and Ross Wilson of Ohio State.

This year's recipients of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award - Megan Moulton-Levy of William & Mary and Jonathan Stokke of Duke - will also be honored at the event.  This award goes to players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular, and tennis achievements.

The ITA Collegiate All-Star Team will be treated by the USTA and ITA to a weekend in New York, highlighted by the August 26 activities at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.  The ITA All-Stars will be presented their awards during a luncheon in the Presiden's Suite in Arthur Ashe Stadium prior to the Arthur Ashe Kids Day festivities, and select team members will also participate in an on-court exhibition during the pre-show inside Ashe Stadium.  Later in the day the USTA will provide the ITA All-Stars with a behind-the-scenes tour of the US Open and a private reception at the ESPN Zone in Times Square.