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Whiteford Ranked Nationally, Earns All-American Championships Bid
Updated: Wednesday 09/10/2012 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William and Mary men's tennis senior Jamie Whiteford earned a high national singles ranking and an at-large bid into the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships. Whiteford received the No. 43 national singles ranking in the Campbell/ITA Division I Preseason Rankings released on Friday.

Whiteford, who was ranked as high as No. 34 last season, was the third-highest ranked player in the Atlantic Region and the highest-ranked competitor in the Colonial Athletic Association. The No. 43 ranking for Whiteford is the highest for a W&M player in the preseason since Jeff Kader was No. 26 in 2004. Whiteford was one of 48 at-large singles selections to the main draw of the ITA All-American Champonships. He is the first Tribe player to earn an at-large spot into the main draw since Kader in 2004.

The ITA All-American Championships is the first of three national individual championship events for collegiate tennis and includes main draws of 32 teams in doubles and 64 players in singles. For the sixth straight year, the University of Tulsa will be the site of the ITA Men's All-American Championships. The tournament kicks off with prequalifying matches starting on Sept. 29, while the main draw is set to begin on Oct. 4.

Last season, Whiteford won the ITA Atlantic Region Singles Championship, becoming the first Tribe player to accomplish the feat. In the title match, he knocked off current No. 2 ranked Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia in straight sets. After a standout fall campaign, which saw him win 12 matches and compete in the ITA National Indoor Championships, Whiteford missed the majority of the spring season due to injury. He finished last season ranked No. 83 nationally and No. 5 in the Atlantic Region. Whitefored was selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship but could not compete due to injury. He enters his senior campaign with a 46-25 career mark (.648) and is a three-time All-CAA honoree in singles.

Whiteford and the Tribe open the 2012 fall season at the Duke Fab Four Invitational in Durham, N.C. The event is slated to start on Friday, Sept. 14, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 16.

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