Quigley Named to USTA Summer Collegiate National Team

June 27, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Kentucky men's tennis star Eric Quigley, who just completed his junior season at UK, has been named as one of 19 male and female collegiate players to the 2011 United States Tennis Association Summer Collegiate Team, administered by the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the organizations announced Monday.

The USTA Summer Collegiate Team is an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players. The program began in 1996 and is funded by the USTA. It is designed to provide college players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the summer months.

This summer, USTA player development will host two Pro Tour Transition camps – one for the men, one for the women – for the selected players. The men’s camp was held June 9-15 on clay courts in Boca Raton, Fla., while the women’s camp will be conducted July 2-8 on hard courts in Boca Raton. Additional training opportunities for top American collegiate players will also occur over the summer in Boca Raton and Carson, Calif.

"I had a lot of fun last year playing on this team and to be selected again really is an honor,” Quigley said. "I always look forward to playing against great competition to try to improve my game and this is a great chance for me to do that again. I am excited to be working with some great coaches and playing with some of the best players in the nation.”

Bo Hodge, assistant men's tennis coach at the University of Alabama, and Notre Dame’s associate head coach Ryan Sachire will be coaching the men's team. Hodge also coached the men's team in 2010.

The top six American players from the season-ending ITA national singles rankings were eligible for automatic selections. The remaining players on each team were selected by USTA Player Development staff in conjunction with USTA National Coaches, and current collegiate coaches. All 19 of the players selected received 2011 ITA All-American honors.

Of the 13 male members selected to the team, four are from the Southeastern Conference, more than any other conference. Quigley, who joins a short list of Wildcats to be selected to the team, will join fellow SEC foes Sekou Bangoura from Florida, and Tennys Sandgren and Rhyne Williams of Tennessee on the team. A full list of players selected is below.

Quigley ended the season with a No. 7 ranking, marking the highest final ranking for the Kentucky program since former All-American Bruno Agostinelli finished the 2009 season ranked fourth in the nation. The junior’s high mark is now tied for the fourth-highest final singles ranking in school history, equaling former UK All-American Jesse Witten’s No. 7 ranking in 2004. Witten holds the highest final singles ranking in school history with his No. 3 mark in 2005, while Witten and Agostinelli are tied for second with a No. 4 ranking in 2002 and 2009, respectively.

The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., had a splendid 2011 season, tying the school record for singles wins with 45. The top-10 ranking and Quigley’s high seed in the NCAA Singles Championship makes him a singles All-America honoree for the second consecutive season. Quigley is now a three-time All-America recipient after being named singles and doubles All-American last season. Quigley is only the fifth three-time All-American in school history, joining Rich Benson, Greg van Emburgh, Kauffmann and Witten.

The All-American ended the season with a 22-10 record in dual matches, earning 28 wins during the 2010-11 season against ranked foes, including three wins against players ranked in the top five. Quigley, who was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation during the year, never fell out of the top eight throughout the season. During the fall, Quigley advanced to the finals of the ITA/D’Novo All-American Championships, becoming only the sixth player in school history to compete in the finals of a collegiate tennis grand slam.

For the second consecutive year this fall, the USTA will serve as title sponsor and host of the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center’s new indoor tennis facility. The USTA will also serve as the title sponsor of the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, the USTA/ITA National Collegiate Wheelchair Championships and 88 USTA/ITA Regional Tournaments. In all, close to 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional Championships, which encompass 24 host sites from the Division I level and 64 from the small college divisions nationwide.

USTA Summer Collegiate Men's Team
Sekou Bangoura, Florida (SO, Bradenton, Fla.)
Chase Buchanan, Ohio State (JR, New Albany, Ohio)
Alex Domijan, Virginia (FR, Wesley Chapel, Fla.)
Steve Johnson, USC (JR, Orange, Calif.)
Evan King, Michigan (SO, Chicago)
Bradley Klahn, Stanford (JR, Poway, Calif.)
Austin Krajicek, Texas A&M (SR, Brandon, Fla.)
Dennis Nevolo, Illinois (JR, Gurnee, Ill.)
Eric Quigley, Kentucky (JR, Pewee Valley, Ky.)
Tennys Sandgren, Tennessee (SO, Gallatin, Tenn.)
Ray Sarmiento, USC (FR, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
Michael Shabaz, Virginia (SR, Fairfax, Va.)
Rhyne Williams, Tennessee (SO, Knoxville, Tenn.)