ITA Announces Division I National Award Winners
|ATHENS, Georgia - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the national award winners for NCAA Division I tennis Tuesday during a ceremony on the campus of the University of Georgia in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Team Championships. |
The winners of the 2nd Annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the United States Tennis Writers Association (USTWA) Writing Competition were also announced at Wednesday's award ceremony.
This year's ITA national award winners are:
2010 Men's Award Winners:
*Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year - Peter Smith, USC
ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year - Will Glenn, Georgia
ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year - Robert Farah, USC
ITA National Rookie of the Year - Henrique Cunha, Duke
ITA National Player to Watch - Austin Krajicek, Texas A&M
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Jason Jung, Michigan
ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award - John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee
2010 Women's Award Winners:
*Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year - Brian Kalbas, North Carolina
ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year - Dave Balogh, Florida
ITA National Senior Player of the Year - Caitlin Whoriskey, Tennessee
ITA National Rookie of the Year - Lauren Embree, Florida
ITA National Player to Watch - Hilary Barte, Stanford
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Catherine Newman, Vanderbilt
ITA /Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship - Cameron Ellis, Georgia
*Please note that the Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year will be selected and announced after the completion of the 2010 NCAA Division I Team Championships.
Glenn has compiled a record of 131-15 (.897) during his five seasons in Athens. Promoted to his current role in July of 2008, after a standout career at UGA from 1999-2003, this season Glenn has helped the Bulldogs reach the semifinals in their 32nd overall NCAA Tournament. In all he has mentored six athletes to 13 All-America honors, working closely with the team in both on and off the court capacities. Prior to coaching at Georgia, Glenn served as a tennis pro at the Lloyd Neck Racquet Club in Long Island, N.Y., and Dalkieth Tennis Club in Perth, Australia.
Balogh primarily oversees the doubles teams, recruiting and scheduling but his hand print is on everything that pertains to the Florida women's tennis program that has reached the NCAA Championship final. His tireless work-ethic helped bring the nation's No. 1-ranked recruiting class to Gainesville for the 2009-10 season. A four-year letterwinner of the University of Florida men's tennis program, Balogh joined the Gator women's tennis team as an assistant coach on July 1, 2000. At the end of the 2001-02, Balogh was recognized by his peers as the 2002 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, becoming the first Gator coach to receive such an honor. During his tenure at UF, Balogh has helped the Gators capture the 2003 NCAA championship, six Southeastern Conference regular-season titles and six SEC Tournament crowns.
Farah has been a team captain and No. 1 player the past three seasons for USC. He has led by example as the hardest working team member, led in the classroom by having over a 3.0 and has been a vocal team leader on the courts and in team meetings. He is the only player in the history of the Pac-10 to win Player of the Year twice and Doubles Player of the Year three times. He is an NCAA champion in doubles and led the Trojans to the 2009 NCAA team title and the 2010 NCAA Team Championship.
A phenomenal doubles player, Whoriskey has progressed on court and off during her entire career at Tennessee and has become a top-10 force in singles as well this season. Caitlin and partner Natalie Pluskota have been ranked No. 1 in doubles since the fall of 2009, when they won the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships, the ITA Ohio Valley ITA Regional Championships and made it to the finals of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
Cunha ended the regular season on a 15-match singles winning streak, with a 30-5 singles record and 35-5 doubles record, becoming just the eighth Duke freshman with 30 wins in a year. Having led the Blue Devils to the Sweet 16, he enters the individual NCAA Championships seeded No. 1 in both singles and doubles. Having become just the third player in school history to go undefeated in league play at the No. 1 position and the only freshman to do so, he posted an 18-3 record against ranked opponents with wins over the No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 players in the nation. He won the UVA Ranked Plus One Invitational and made the finals of the ITA National Indoor Doubles Championships in the fall, after winning the ITA Carolina Regional Championship.
Embree, a three-time SEC Freshman of the Week, is the first freshman in Southeastern Conference history to be voted SEC Player of the Year. Earlier this season, she became only the second true freshman to start at the No. 1 singles position since 1994. Currently ranked ninth in singles, Embree has a national doubles ranking in the top-30 with three different partners.
Krajicek, the 2010 Big 12 Singles and Doubles Co-Champion, has been ranked as high as No. 5 in singles and No. 4 in doubles in the Campbell/ITA rankings. The three-time All-Big 12 selection, has found success at all levels of the game. The 2008 USTA Boys 18's Singles National Champion was one of six top American collegians to lead the United States to the Master'U BNP Paribas Team team title in France in December of 2009. The 2008 U.S. Davis Cup Team practice player was also a US Open Singles Main Draw Participant that year, becoming the youngest player and lone collegian to compete at Flushing Meadows at the time.
Barte, the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year, has helped lead Stanford to the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Team Championship. In singles, Barte has been ranked in the top 5 of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings nearly all year and has been ranked No. 2 in doubles with partner Mallory Burdette after winning the ITA Northwest Regional, ITA National Indoors and NCTC Classic titles. The duo also finished as the runner-ups at the Pac-10 Conference Championships.
As a senior, Jung, the 2007 Big Ten Singles Champion, has been ranked as high as No. 33 in the Campbell/ITA Rankings, earning him an All-Big Ten selection and the team's Most Improved Player Award. However, Jung has earned the same amount of respect off the court as on it. His demeanor on the court is unparalleled and has been honored at the highest level as a three-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award winner, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten and two-time Michigan Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree, Jung truly plays the game the right way.
In four years at Vanderbilt, Newman has compiled one of the best careers in school history athletically and academically. Heading into the NCAA singles championship Newman boasts a career singles record of 106-50 and has won 86 doubles matches in four years. Newman was just named to the first-team All-SEC, marking the fourth time in her career that she has garnered All-SEC honors. In addition, the conference named her the SEC Women's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year after posting an impressive 3.89 GPA while majoring in civil engineering. Newman is a fierce competitor that displays class, grace and fairness to her opponent. Her character, integrity, leadership, superb academics and outstanding achievement on the tennis court the last four years makes her an ideal choice for this honor.
Ellis exemplifies the meaning of sportsmanship and has been a great role model to the rest of her team as one of the most consistent players to play in the University of Georgia women's tennis program. The team sees Cameron, not necessarily as a star player but a player in a star role. With tennis being a sport based on honor and ethical conduct, her behavior has always been upstanding in all types of situations. She has been faced with some medical setbacks recently while being diagnosed with Alopecia and her bravery and positive attitude have been amazing to witness.
Smith's on court honors and accomplishments grow larger by the day, having already become one of the most accomplished players in all of college tennis, Smith is also one of the most genuine and well-liked players of the sport. Currently ranked No. 1 in singles and No. 2 in doubles, Smith's list of accolades includes, SEC Freshman of the Year, SEC Player of the Year, ITA/D'Novo All-American Singles and Doubles Champion (only the third player to do so in the same season), NCAA Singles and Doubles Finalist, ITA All-Star, ITA Doubles Team of the Year, SEC Championship MVP, Blue-Gray Classic MVP and many, many more. Smith has enjoyed his best season on the court, and has been ranked No. 1 in singles the last four weeks of the season, becoming Tennessee's first No. 1-ranked player since current Associate Head Coach Chris Woodruff in 1993.
ITA/USTWA Writing Competition
The winners of the 2nd Annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the United States Tennis Writers Association (USTWA) Writing Competition were also announcedWednesday. The competition consisted of two separate contests, one eligible for Sports Information Directors and one available for students currently enrolled in a college or university. The top three articles chosen in each contest will receive cash prizes, an awards certificate and the opportunity to be featured on www.itatennis.com andwww.USTWA.org. In addition, the first place winner of the student writing contest will receive a 2-month unpaid internship with the ITA. Think you can write? Start preparing for next year's chance to serve us your college tennis articles for an opportunity to win cash and prizes. For the complete list of finalists, please visit www.itatennis.com.