ITA Announces Division II National Award Winners

ITA Announces Division II National Award Winners

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced its 2009 national award winners for Division II men's and women's tennis. Highlighting this year's awards are the Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year: Steve Barsby of Georgia College & State University (men) and Simon Earnshaw of Armstrong Atlantic State University (women).

2009 Men’s Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year – Steve Barsby, Georgia College & State University
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year – David Secker, Armstrong Atlantic State University
ITA Senior Player of the Year – Julien Carsuzaa, Lynn University
ITA Rookie Player of the Year – Eudaldo Bonet, Armstrong Atlantic State University
ITA Player to Watch – Emanuel Fraitzl – Barry University
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship – Vincent Nguyen, University of California-San Diego

2009 Women’s Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year – Simon Earnshaw, Armstrong Atlantic State University
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year -
David Secker, Armstrong Atlantic State University

ITA Senior Player of the Year
– Helena VanEysendeyk, California University of PA
ITA Rookie Player of the Year – Sona Novakova, Armstrong Atlantic State University
ITA Player to Watch – Senka Softic, Florida Southern College
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship – Ina Dan, University of California-San Diego

Barsby has led the Georgia College and State men's team to a record season with a 17-3 record, including a Peach Belt regular season title, the first in program history. Barsby was also honored as the Peach Belt Conference Men's Coach of the Year. The 17 victories rank third in program history, behind 19 in 1989 and 18 in 2005. The three losses are the fewest since the 1987 team lost just twice while going 12-2. The Bobcats are fresh off winning the Southeast Regional after defeating PBC rival Columbus State University. The GCSU squad have advanced to the NCAA Division II Finals where they will face Abilene Christian University on Wednesday, May 13.

Earnshaw has led the Armstrong Atlantic women’s tennis team to its sixth consecutive season with one loss or better. In 2008, Earnshaw became just the second coach in NCAA history to lead both the men's and women's tennis teams to NCAA Division II National Championships in the same season. This season he earned his seventh Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year honor and third in a row after leading the Lady Pirates to their sixth straight PBC Championship. AASU was undefeated in conference play once again, running their current conference win streak to 62 matches. The Lady Pirates (24-1) continue their title defense on Wednesday, May 13, taking on St. Edward's.

The Division II Championships will be held May 13-16, 2009 in Altamonte Springs, FL. Matches will be played at Sanlando Park and are hosted by Rollins College and the Central Florida Sports Commission.

For a full list of Division II Regional award winners, visit www.itatennis.com.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit presented by the USTA, and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA website is www.itatennis.com.

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