ITA Announces 2015 Division II National Award Winners
SKILLMAN, NJ (May 12) - The ITA has announced its 2015 national award winners for Division II men's and women's tennis. The award winners are listed below, followed by a brief description of each winner's accomplishments.
2015 Men's Award Winners
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year: Hendrik Bode, Hawaii Pacific University
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year: Martin Parkes, Saint Leo University
ITA Player to Watch: Ahmed Triki, Barry University
ITA Senior Player of the Year: Armand Levandi, Lewis University
ITA Rookie Player of the Year: Marko Lenz, Hawaii Pacific University
ITA Most Improved Senior of the Year: Kacper Boborykin, Midwestern State University
2015 Women's Award Winners
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year: Dave Porter, Brigham Young University-Hawaii
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year: Nicolai Nonnenbroich, California University of Pennsylvania
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship: Lauren Howard, West Liberty University
ITA Player to Watch: Beatriz Leon, Columbus State University
ITA Senior Player of the Year: Marietta Tuionetoa, Brigham Young University-Hawaii
ITA Rookie Player of the Year: Kristyna Hancarova, Hawaii Pacific University
ITA Most Improved Senior of the Year: Jesse Burrell, California University of Pennsylvania
Hendrik Bode, the 2015 Wilson ITA Coach of the Year, has improved Hawaii Pacific each year in all four seasons as head coach. Last season, he led the Sharks to the national championship, finishing as runners-up. Under Bode's tutelage, the team has won 37 consecutive regular season matches are currently the top-ranked team in the ITA Division II National Team Rankings.
To claim the No. 1 ranking, he guided his team to two wins over the prior No. 1 team, the first of which broke West Florida's 38-match winning streak. In addition to winning the national honor, Bode garnered his third regional Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year award in four years.
Martin Parkes, the 2015 ITA Assistant Coach of the Year, flourished in his role as interim head coach at Saint Leo last season, helping the men's team to No. 4 in the ITA Division II National Team Rankings, its highest ranking in program history.
Now back in his role as assistant, Parkes has helped significantly with player development and coached the team's rise from No. 14 at the beginning of the season to No. 5 in the current ITA Rankings and a 16-6 overall record. He also impacted the local community by participating in events to benefit John Isner's charity and organizing numerous events.
Mark Heimberger, the 2015 ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner, has learned through his leadership experiences that his goal in life is to "live simply so that others may simply live." The Palm Beach Atlantic team captain and Student Athlete Advisory Committee representative has contributed over 180 hours to various non-profits organizations in addition to spending 20 hours per week with the tennis team.
Heimberger has helped with children at a safe house that allowed them to escape from exposure to gangs and crime, volunteered at St. Luke's University Hospital and visited nursing homes to spend quality time with the elderly community. He was recently accepted to medical school at Indiana University.
Ahmed Triki, the 2015 ITA Player to Watch, is a returning singles and doubles ITA All-American at Barry. He has compiled a 20-2 record in singles, including an unblemished 14-0 mark in dual matches to earn the No. 3 spot in the ITA Division II National Singles Rankings. Triki's only Division II loss came to teammate Fabian Groetsch in the USTA/ITA South Regional Championship singles final. The two paired to go 19-1 in doubles play and are currently ranked No. 2 nationally.
Armand Levandi, the 2015 ITA Senior Player of the Year, is a two-time USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Singles Champion and two-time Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year at Lewis. He finished runner-up at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championship and is 35-4 in singles this season, earning the No. 16 national singles ranking. In addition to his success in singles, Levandi has registered a 31-4 doubles record and been ranked as high as No. 3 nationally.
Marko Lenz, the 2015 ITA Rookie Player of the Year, started off his career at Hawaii Pacific on the right foot, going 18-0 at No. 1 singles and surrendering just two sets to lead his team to No. 1 in the country and 21-0 this season. He is ranked No. 2 nationally in singles with nine of his singles victories coming against players currently ranked in the ITA Division II National Singles Rankings, including a victory over USTA/ITA Super Bowl champion Fernando Bogajo. Lenz also recorded an 18-3 record playing at first and second doubles.
Kacper Boborykin, the 2015 ITA Most Improved Senior of the Year,went 14-8 in singles during the dual match season, playing all but one match for Midwestern State in the top spot. He started the year ranked outside the ITA Division II National Singles Rankings, but is now ranked No. 30. Boborykin registered a 16-7 dual match doubles record and is ranked number nine in the South Central region. He surpassed 100 career dual match victories this season, piling up over 80 combined singles and doubles wins in the last two years.
Women's award winners
Dave Porter, the 2015 Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year, has consistently been at the top of Division II tennis and this year is no different. He has amassed over 1,200 career wins at BYU-Hawaii, including a 523-11 women's record since transitioning to Division II. Porter has led the team to 11 National Championships, nine on the women's side alone. This season, he's coached his women's team to a 30-1 record and the No. 3 ranking in the nation.
Porter's players have topped both the ITA National Singles and Doubles Rankings, with three singles players and two doubles teams currently ranked nationally. This is his fifth time winning the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year Award, having also won in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2005.
Nicolai Nonnenbroich, the 2015 ITA Assistant Coach of the Year,is fluent in four languages. He previously coached juniors and aspiring ATP players in Germany and at the ISP Tennis Academy in France before coming to California University of Pennsylvania. Nonnenbroich leads by example and teaches players that it's not about winning or losing, but about having fun and enjoying the experience.
Wins have resulted under his leadership, as the team has registered a 30-6 record over the past two years after losing 10 matches the previous season. Nonnenbroich regularly hits with the team and is constantly stringing rackets, while always looking to take on more responsibility.
Lauren Howard, the 2015 ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner, has been an ace on court for West Liberty, posting a career record of 144-57 while filling her trophy case with four 1st-Team All-Conference honors, an ITA Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year award and WVIAC and MEC Player of the Year honors. Off the court, Howard has actively supported charity events on campus to raise funds for cancer research and the prevention of other illnesses.
She helps run tennis camps and worked as an instructor at the Tennis Academy at Harvard. The senior with a double major holds a perfect 4.0 GPA and serves on the Executive Board of the West Liberty Sports Business Association. Upon graduation, Howard hopes to help other people reach their potential, saying she takes great satisfaction in helping others develop their confidence.
Beatriz Leon, the 2015 ITA Player to Watch, continued her rapid improvement, following up her ITA Regional Rookie of the Year award with the ITA National Player to Watch award. She has emerged as a leader at Columbus State on a team of six sophomores and one freshman.
The sophomore has racked up 24 singles wins this season, while only losing three times, each to players currently in the Top 20 of the ITA Rankings. Leon was a singles semifinalist and doubles finalist at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championship. Her success has earned her the No. 12 national singles ranking and the No. 14 spot nationally in doubles.
Marietta Tuionetoa, the 2015 ITA Senior Player of the Year, is a three-time ITA All-American in doubles at BYU-Hawaii. Also a regional winner of the Arthur Ashe award, she led her team to a 30-1 overall record, while going undefeated in singles against Division II opponents and losing just one doubles match. Tuionetoa is ranked No. 7 in the nation in singles and No. 22 nationally in doubles. Over the past four years, she has compiled a record of 83-8 in singles and 109-7 in doubles.
Kristyna Hancarova, the 2015 ITA Rookie Player of the Year, has worked her way up to No. 13 and No. 5 in the ITA Division II National Singles and Doubles Rankings, respectively. Hancarova and her partner impressively knocked off the nation's top team from BYU-Hawaii in April, as part of an eight-match winning streak. The Hawaii Pacific freshman is currently 22-5 in doubles, having switched partners in early March. Hancarova has been equally impressive on the singles court, putting together a 14-7 record with six wins over players ranked in the Top 40.
Jesse Burrell, the 2015 ITA Most Improved Senior of the Year, did not let three years playing near the bottom of the starting lineup at Cal U (PA) deter her. She made a statement at No. 1 doubles this year, coming into the season having never played first doubles. Burrell has turned in an 18-7 doubles record at the top spot, ranking No. 1 in her region all season and reaching as high as No. 6 nationally. She and partner Kiefer Shaw also won the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Doubles Championship.
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of varsity collegiate tennis players. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions, has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance. Awards are given to both men and women, on the Regional and National levels to all Divisions represented within the ITA (NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, and Community and Junior Colleges). The ITA annually recognizes over 3,000 student-athletes on an individual and team basis from over 500 different varsity tennis programs. More than 300 coaches participate in the award selection process, serving on Regional and/or National selection committees. For more information on the ITA Awards program, please visit http://www.itatennis.com/