Santa Clara, Calif.--During half-time of the Santa Clara men's basketball game vs. Pepperdine, the Broncos' nationally-ranked tennis players Kyle Dandan and Katie Le sat down and visited with play-by-play announcer Ted Robinson on the COMCAST TV broadcast.
(pictured to the right: Bronco men's tennis player Kyle Dandan, Bronco women's tennis player Katie Le and COMCAST's Ted Robinson).
Robinson is a two-time Emmy Award winning broadcaster. He has served as the lead announcer for NBC's tennis coverage since 2000. He called the French Open and Wimbledon Championships through 2011 for the network and can also be heard on the Tennis Channel. With broadcasting partner John McEnroe, Robinson helped lead the US Open for 22 years on USA Networt, receiving critical acclaim for this partnership.
Robinson talked with two of Santa Clara's top tennis players during the Comcast Half-Time show on Thurs., Feb. 23.
The men's tennis team, nationally-ranked No. 43, returns to the Degheri Tennis Center for the first time since its opening weekend when the Broncos host the Southeastern Conference's Arkansas on Friday, February 24 at 3:00 p.m. and Pacific on Sunday, February 26 at noon.
The women's tennis team will play bay area rival and WCC opponent, University of San Francisco, on Friday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. on the Mission Campus.
Le, the 2011 WCC Freshman of the Year, is ranked No. 39 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in its latest rankings released on Thurs., Feb. 16. For the 2011-12 season the Milpitas, Calif. native has a 6-2 record playing at the No. 1 position in both singles and doubles for the Bronco's tennis team. She made it through the round of 16 in the ITA All-American tournament in Los Angeles, Calif. this past October, beating out higher ranked opponents in each round. This is the sophomore's highest collegite ranking to date.
Dandan is ranked No. 103 for singles, which is a season-high for a men's Bronco player. Playing as the Broncos' primary No. 1 singles player, Dandan has consistently faced opponents' top players. A native of the Philippines, Dandan has played three opponents in the top-50, while being able to edge then-No. 31, now No. 29, Ryan Thatcher of Stanford. He has garnered WCC honors in each of his first three seasons and has helped the No. 49 Broncos off to a 5-2 start this season.