In the Spotlight: ITA JUCO Players of the Year

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ITA: In the Spotlight highlights Monika Lalewicz from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Moacir Santos of Laredo Community College who have been awarded the 2009 ITA National JUCO Players of the Year.  These players were voted by a Regional Awards committee for their great work on the court and for their team.  These two outstanding players have taken time from their busy schedule to sit in on this week's ITA: In the Spotlight.




MonikaLalewiczMonika Lalewicz 
is a sophomore at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and is  from Mississaugh, Canada.  She is currently ranked No. 2 in women's singles in the Campbell/ITA JUCO National College Rankings and No. 5 in women's doubles with partner, Alejandra Gamboa.  She finished her season at 17-1 in singles and her plans after her career at ABAC is to play tennis at Penn State University on a scholarship.  The ITA is proud to announce that Lalewicz is the winner the 2009 ITA National Women's JUCO Player of the Year award. 

What is your favorite form of entertainment?
My favorite form of entertainment would be going to sporting events and listening to music!

If you could take someone to your hometown in Canada, where would you take them and why?
I would take my Coach at ABAC, Alan Kramer, to a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game because he is a big hockey fan and so are we Canadians.

Who has been the biggest impact on your tennis career?
My parents have definitely been the biggest impact on my tennis career as they have supported me through my ups and downs through the twelve years of playing tennis.

Describe your game in just a few words...
Quick, Smart, and Simple

What is your most favorite memory on the court?
My favorite memory on the court would have to be representing Team Canada at the Junior Fed Cup tournament held in Barcelona, Spain.



Moacir Dos Santos-Filho is a sophomore at Laredo Community College (Texas) and his hometown is Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the Campbell/ITA JUCO men's singles rankings and No. 1 in the men's doubles with partner, Cledson Carvalho.  Santos captured the 2008 ITA Small College Doubles Championship last fall and finished the 07-08 season ranked No. 1 in both Singles and Doubles.  He was a 2008 ITA All-American.  The ITA is proud to announce that Santos is the winner the 2009 ITA National Men's JUCO Player of the Year award. 


What is your favorite form of entertainment?
Actually, this semester I didn't have much time for fun... Being with my friends, chilling, simply talking to them. It is the way that I can entertain myself.

If you could take someone to your hometown in Brazil, where would you take them and why?
In Curitiba, I would take them to different places, such as "Jardim Botanico",  "Opera de Arame" or Passeio Publico".  All of them are parks where we can have fun and relax.  During the night, I would show them the Brazilian night, that for sure they would love.

Who has been the biggest impact on your tennis career?
In my life, I have had many people that have helped me a lot. But right now, Coach Donjuan.  What he has been doing for me, is unbelievable.

Describe your game in just a few words...
Solid and aggressive.

What is your most favorite memory on the court?
Winning the 2008 NJCAA Division I National Team Tournament.  It is impossible that I will ever forget that moment.

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