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Settles Selected To Coach International University Challenge Team

Paul Settles (pictured right) has been chosen as one of the coaches for the United States team at the International University Challenge of Tennis which will take place in Poitiers, France on December 4-7.  The United States Tennis Association (USTA) yesterday announced the top American collegians selected to represent the United States in the Challenge which is sponsored by BNP Paribas.  The event, in its third year, features eight teams composed of college and university players from around the world. 
 
The seven nations competing with the United States, which is competing for the first time, include Belgium, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Montenegro, Russia and Switzerland.  The teams will compete in a best-of-seven format consisting of two men's and two women's singles matches, one men's and one women's doubles match, and one mixed doubles match.  
 
Men                                                                                      Women
John Kauss, Gustavus Adolphus College                             Amanda Fink, University of Southern California
Nate Schnugg, University of Georgia                                   Jennifer Kung, University of Chicago
Michael Venus, Louisiana State University                          Kelcy McKenna, Arizona State University
 
The team will be coached by Settles and Michelle Dasso, the head women's tennis coach at the University of Illinois.
 
The U.S. team was selected as a joint partnership between the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) using the following criteria:
·                     The top male and female American finishers at the 2008 ITA All-American Championships
·                     The top male and female American finishers at the 2008 ITA Small College Championships
·                     The top male and female Americans ranked in the 2008 ITA Preseason Division I Ranking