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2015 ITA Award Winners Announced

ITA Announces 2015 Junior and Community Colleges National Men's Award Winners

 

SKILLMAN, NJ (May 11) - The ITA has announced its 2015 national award winners for Junior and Community Colleges men's tennis. The national winners are listed below, followed by a brief description of each winner's accomplishments. 

 

Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Brian Slack, ASA College

ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Brent Krivokapich, Tyler Junior College

ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Shane Trebisky, Meridian Community College

ITA Sophomore Player of the Year - Joshua Page, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

ITA Most Improved Player of the Year - Jose Gonzalez-Torres, Modesto Junior College

ITA Player to Watch - Ismael Mzai, Seminole State College

ITA Rookie of the Year - Guy Iradukunda, Seminole State College

 

Brian Slack, the 2015 Men's Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year, is head coach of the defending NJCAA Division I men's tennis champions, ASA College. His 2014-15 team is currently ranked No. 1 in the ITA JuCo National Team Rankings, a ranking they have held the entire season. ASA College is 16-3 on the year, including going undefeated against JuCo competition and claiming several victories over NCAA Division I and Division II programs. Coach Slack is known for being a class act and an effective recruiter who has brought some of the best players in the country to play for his program.

Brent Kriovakapich, the 2015 ITA Men's Assistant Coach of the Year, is in his third season of coaching at Tyler Junior College. He helped the team win the NJCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship a season ago. This season, Tyler JC is currently ranked No. 3 in the ITA JuCo National Team Rankings and recently claimed the Region 14 Team Championship. Krivokapich always brings great energy to the courts, whether it is for practice or a match. He is an excellent motivator who helps players work through tough situations on court while displaying proper sportsmanship. Coach Krivokapich also leads adult and junior group lessons after finishing with team practices.

Shane Trebisky, the 2015 ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner, has been involved with Tennis Across America, a program aimed at teaching underprivileged kids the game of tennis, since he was 12 years old. He continues to be involved with this program, along with other organizations such as the Salvation Army, but Trebisky refers to his time spent working with the Special Olympics as the most impactful volunteer experience he has had.

Trebisky plans to pursue a future volunteering for programs helping kids with autism. He is a dedicated student with a current 4.0 GPA and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and also is a President's List Scholar at Meridian Community College. Trebisky's coach calls him a tremendous team leader on and off the court who is committed to improving every day. He brings a 14-3 singles record into this week's NJCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship after winning the first flight singles draw at the MACJC Championships.

Joshua Page, the 2015 ITA Men's Sophomore Player of the Year, finished third in the JuCo Men's Singles Draw at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in the fall. He was ranked No. 2 in singles and No. 5 in doubles in the Preseason ITA JuCo National Rankings and has remained in the top five of both singles and doubles throughout the spring. Page was named ITA Rookie Player of the Year last season for Region IV and capped off his freshman season at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College by winning the NJCAA national singles title at first singles.

He has been an incredible leader for his team this year while also dedicating himself in the classroom, posting a 3.3 overall GPA. Page will be moving on to play next season for the University of San Diego, a NCAA Division I team that is consistently ranked inside the Top 25.

 

Jose Gonzalez-Torres, the 2015 ITA Most Improved Player of the Year, played at the bottom of the lineup in his freshman year, but moved up to first singles for Modesto Junior College this season. He had a spectacular fall, claiming the singles crown at the USTA/ITA Northern California Regional Championships to qualify for the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. He was never ranked during his rookie season, yet has been ranked No. 1 in singles and No. 5 in doubles in Northern California this spring. Gonzalez-Torres has accomplished all this on the court while working 30+ hours each week and maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA.
 
Ismael Mzai, the 2015 ITA Player to Watch, just joined his team at the beginning of the spring season but has already made a tremendous impact. He has worked his way into the Top 10 of both the ITA JuCo National Singles and Doubles Rankings, playing predominantly at second singles and first doubles for the No. 3 team in the nation, Seminole State College. Mzai brings a singles record of 21-3 into the NJCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships, and has recently beaten two Top 5 players. Although he has had a great season, his coach believes Mzai's future is even brighter.

 

Guy Iradukunda, the 2015 ITA Rookie Player of the Year, is currently ranked No. 1 in the ITA JuCo National Singles and No. 8 in the ITA JuCo National Doubles Rankings. He began his career in impressive fashion, claiming the singles title at the USTA/ITA Central Regional Championships in the fall. Iradukunda went on to win the JuCo Men's Singles draw at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships and advanced to the Super Bowl draw, where he fell to the eventual champion in three sets. Iradukunda has a perfect 24-0 record against JuCo opponents this season, compiling an overall singles record of 36-4. His two losses in dual matches this spring can against NCAA Division I competition.

Click here for a full list of Junior and Community College Men's Regional award winners.

 

About the ITA Awards program:

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/AboutITA/AbouttheITA.htm.