DURHAM, N.C. - The 2008 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America Teams for Division I women's tennis were released on Friday in conjunction with the season-ending ITA national singles and doubles rankings, as the Duke duo of junior Melissa Mang and sophomore Amanda Granson earned All-America honors in doubles and freshman Reka Zsilinszka earned the nod in singles.
In doubles, a player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors: top eight seed in NCAA Doubles Championships; reach the quarterfinals of NCAA Doubles Championship; or finish in the top 10 of final ITA rankings.
After receiving the No. 8 seed in the doubles competition of the NCAA Championships , Granson and Mang reached the quarterfinal round before falling to the No. 2-ranked Fresno State pair of Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rowe, 6-2, 6-4. The loss was just the 11th of the year for the tandem, who end the season with a 28-11 overall record. The 28 doubles victories mark the sixth-highest single-season total in school history.
In singles, a palyer must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors: 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.
Zsilinszka reached the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Championships and ended her freshman season with a 40-6 overall record. Her 40 singles victories equal the eighth-most in school history.
Duke now has 41 All-America honors by 27 different players. The last season the Blue Devils had three players named All-America was in 2003 when Julie DeRoo, Amanda Johnson and Kelly McCain were honored.
In addition to the duo's final No. 7 doubles ranking, four Blue Devils graced the final singles rankings as Zsilinszka and classmate Ellah Nze finished their first collegiate campaigns ranked 24th and 25th, respectively, sophomore Elizabeth Plotkin ranked 58th and sophomore Tara Iyer ranked 82nd. As released last week, as a team Duke finished the 2008 season with a national ranking of No. 9.
The Blue Devils swept the final Southeast Region rankings, as five singles players and two doubles teams were on the list in addition to Duke's No. 1 ranking as a team. Nze and Zsilinszka again combined for a one-two punch ranking fourth and fifth, respectively, while Iyer came in at No. 22, Mang at No. 23 and Granson at No. 24. In doubles, Granson and Mang ranked second in the region while Nze and Zslinszka ranked 10th.
The ITA All-America Teams for all divisions, as well as final national and regional rankings, are currently available on the ITA website at www.ITAtennis.com . The ITA National Players of the Year and ITA National Doubles Teams of the Year will be announced next week.