Austin – Two Texas Men’s Tennis doubles pairs officially received All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Monday. The duos of senior Richard Ciamarra and sophomore Cleeve Harper, and sophomores Eliot Spizzirri and Siem Woldeab earned the recognition with Spizzirri and Woldeab doing so for the second-straight year.
It brings the total number of UT men’s All-America honors since 2017 to 14 by seven different players, including Spizzirri in singles (2021), Yuya Ito in singles three times (2017, ’19, ’20), Christian Sigsgaard twice in singles (2019-20) and once in doubles (2019), and Harrison Scott in doubles (2019).
The criteria for All-America standing in doubles include earning a top-eight seed into the Doubles Championship, reaching the quarterfinals in it, or finishing in the top 10 in the rankings. Both Longhorns pairs earned a top eight seed and finished ranked in the top 10, while Ciamarra and Harper won the NCAA Doubles Tournament title.
For the season, Ciamarra and Harper combined for a 24-10 overall record in 2021-22, finished No. 4 in the rankings and capped the year by winning the doubles National Championship. The season also included a 10-7 mark in dual match play with 12 of those decisions coming at No. 1 where they were 8-4. Although an injury forced Harper to miss several matches during the season, they reunited for 12 of the last 13 in team competition with all but three of those at No. 1, earning the Big 12 Individual Championship at No. 1 doubles and All-Big 12 First-Team honors. In the fall, they made a run to the finals of the ITA Texas Regionals.
Spizzirri and Woldeab completed their season ranked No. 9 with a 14-5 overall record that included a 12-3 mark in dual match play, going 5-1 at No. 1, and 7-2 at No. 2. Although they fell in the opening round of the NCAA Doubles Tournament, they had won five-straight and eight of their last nine entering it, and overall secured five top-25 victories with three in the top 15 this season. After winning both of their matches at the Big 12 Championship, they were named to the All-Tournament Team at No. 2 doubles and were later selected to the All-Big 12 Second Team. Due to injuries, the pair played sparingly together in the fall and the early part of the spring season before reuniting in March for the remainder of the year.
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