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Ciamarra Named ITA All-American

NOTRE DAME, Indiana —  Following a successful season both on and off the court, Notre Dame Men’s Tennis’ Richard Ciamarra earned ITA All-American honors as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday.

“I am so happy to see Richie getting formally recognized for the incredible year that he had,” head coach Ryan Sachire said. “Through his hard work, the growth and improvement that Richie has made throughout his career has been remarkable, and he had one of the truly great seasons in Notre Dame tennis history. It’s also important to note the tremendous job that assistant coach Greg Andrews did with Richie throughout the year as his primary on-court coach.”

The 2020 ITA Division I Men’s All-Americans were named after a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty singles players and 10 doubles pairs from across the country were awarded the prestigious honor.

The ITA awarded All-American status based on the unpublished, double run of the Oracle ITA Singles and Doubles Rankings. Twenty singles players and ten doubles teams received this honor.

“Richie has turned in one of the most impressive individual seasons in our program’s history,” assistant coach Greg Andrews said. “He has solidified himself as an elite competitor, and we could not be more proud of the growth that he has made as both a player and a person. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been on the road with Richie as he began his climb this fall. He was the embodiment of the ND Grit mentality that our program fosters, and no one is more deserving of the All-American honor.”

The junior from Southington, CT, was the No. 8 singles player in the country in the final rankings before the global pandemic cut the season short. Ciamarra went 20-8 on the season, including an impressive 12 wins against ranked opponents. 

Ciamarra reached a high ranking of No. 5 nationally this year and was a finalist at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, consolation finalist at the All-American Championships, and a semifinalist at the ITA Fall National Championships.

At the ITA National Fall Championships this season, Ciamarra earned a win over the No. 4 singles player in the country, UCLA’s Keegan Smith, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. In his final four matches of the season, he earned three ranked victories, including over opponents from Michigan, Lousiville, and Northwestern.

Full List of ITA All-Americans

Sam Riffice, Florida
Oliver Crawford, Florida
Duarte Vale, Florida
Trent Bryde, Georgia
Philip Henning, Georgia
Alex Brown, Illinois
Andrew Fenty, Michigan
William Blumberg, North Carolina
Alexis Galarneau, NC State
Richard Ciamarra, Notre Dame
Cannon Kingsley, Ohio State
John McNally, Ohio State
Alexandre Rotsaert, Stanford
Yuya Ito, Texas
Christian Sigsgaard, Texas
Valentin Vacherot, Texas A&M
Hady Habib, Texas A&M
Gabriel Decamps, UCF
Keegan Smith, UCLA
Daniel Cukierman, USC
Jackie Tang & Jack Lin, Columbia 
Oliver Crawford & Sam Riffice, Florida 
Trent Bryde & Tyler Zink, Georgia 
Andrew Fenty & Mattias Siimar, Michigan 
Mac Kiger & Simon Soendergaard, North Carolina 
William Blumberg & Brian Cernoch, North Carolina 
Robert Cash & John McNally, Ohio State 
Matej Vocel & Dominik Kellovsky, Oklahoma State 
Tim Sandkaulen & Finn Reynolds, Ole Miss 
Riley Smith & Daniel Cukierman, USC