SKILLMAN, N.J. - The ITA has announced its 2010 national award winners for NCAA Division II men's and women's tennis. Highlighting this year's awards are the Wilson/ITA National Coaches of the Year: John Hansen of Valdosta State University (men) and Pablo Montana of California University of PA (women) and the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship: Lorenzo Cava of Bentley University (men) and Natalia Ramos of FIT (women).
2010 Men's Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - John Hansen, Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA)
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Daniel Rockhill, Concordia College NY (Bronxville, NY)
ITA Player of the Year - Alex Grubin, Concordia College NY (Bronxville, NY)
ITA Rookie Player of the Year - Leandro Ferreira, University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL)
ITA Player to Watch - Dilshod Sharifi, Francis Marion University (Florence, SC)
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Lorenzo Cava, Bentley University(Waltham, MA)
2010 Women's Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Pablo Montana, California University of PA (California, PA)
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Lauren Conching, Hawaii Pacific University (Honolulu, HI)
ITA Player of the Year - Jenny Chin, BYU-Hawaii (Laie, HI)
ITA Rookie Player of the Year - Barbi Pocza, Barry University (Miami Shores, FL)
ITA Player to Watch - Alida Muller-Wehlau, Armstrong Atlantic State University (Savannah, GA)
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship -Natalia Ramos, Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne, FL)
Hansen has taken Valdosta State to new heights. Currently ranked No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA Rankings, he has guided his team to accomplish what very few have done - beat top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State. With that win, he has his team primed to unseat the defending NCAA Champions.
Montana has guided his team to a No. 6 ranking in the nation, and to his fifth straight undefeated season in conference play. He has over 150 wins in an eight-year span while leading his team players to victory off the court by consistently qualifying for ITA All-Academic Awards.
Cava finished in the top 10 in ITA rankings each of his first three seasons. This year he went undefeated in conference, going 22-0 in league matches. He also holds one of the highest GPAs on his team and has previously earned an ITA Academic Award. After transferring schools halfway through his collegiate career, he made it his responsibility to become a leader and mentor to the young team. Lorenzo's work ethic set an example for the team, earning the respect of all of his teammates and the role of Captain.
Ramos is a Mechanical Engineering major who has made the Dean's List (3.5 GPA or higher) in four of seven semesters and currently maintains a 3.45 cumulative GPA. With a record of 72-29 in singles and 87-34 in doubles, she is the school's all-time victory leader in singles and doubles. Natalia is currently ranked No. 14 in singles while leading her team to a national ranking of No. 21 this season and its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. She serves as the team captain and is an active member of the school's Student Athlete Advisory Board. For her efforts, she was honored as the 2009 Florida Tech Woman Athlete of Year.
For a full list of NCAA 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 is compromised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 15,000 college varsity student-athletes 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 web site is www.itatennis.com.