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Awards Graphic-2017-05-10

TEMPE, Ariz. –
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2017 Junior and Community Colleges national men’s award winners on Monday, May 22nd, 2017.

Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year: Wanda McPhail, Meridian Community College
Over the course of her career, McPhail has proven to a great asset to the state of Mississippi, Meridian Community College and the college tennis coaching profession. On the court, her teams consistently compete at a high level, while off the court, they are highly involved in on-campus and community events.

ITA Assistant Coach of the Year: Ali Borhani, Mesa Community College
Borhani has shown the highest level of commitment to the program, and year in and year out has gone above and beyond for the players, fellow coaching staff and Mesa Community College. He is widely regarded among his peers as one of the most knowledgeable and thorough coaches in college tennis. This has translated into the Mesa tennis program consistently landing in the Top 10 national rankings over the last four years.

ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award: John Taylor Champion, Meridian Community College
Champion helped set up and administrate MCC’s Street Strut for Breast Cancer. He has volunteered with Special Olympics bowling and recently, Special Olympics track and field day at MCC. He’s helped organize and collect items for the victims of the Louisiana 1,000-year flood. Champion works tirelessly at Faith Baptist Church during MCC’s “My College Cares” day. He’s a Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society officer and an MS/USA All-Academic Team First Team and Coca-Cola Gold Scholarship recipient. On the court, Champion is 17-4 in doubles and was selected as a team captain this season.

ITA Rookie of the Year: Jorge Martinez, Tyler Junior College
Martinez won the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup JUCO singles title, and advanced to the Oracle Cup singles final. He partnered with Ferran Calvo to finish second in doubles at the ITA Oracle Cup. He’s posted a 22-4 record in singles and 21-3 in doubles, with his only singles losses coming to Division I and II opponents.

ITA Player to Watch: Matthias Rogel, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Rogel has battled through injuries this season to post a 5-3 record in singles and 7-6 in doubles. During the Fall season, he advanced to the quarterfinals in singles and semifinals in doubles at the ITA Regional Championships Presented by Oracle.

ITA Most Improved Sophomore: Rahul Manoah, Tyler Junior College
Playing at No. 4 and 5 singles, Manoah has posted a record of 17-1, with his only loss coming to a Division I opponent. In the Fall, earned a national ranking of No. 37.

ITA Sophomore Player of the Year: Ferran Calvo, Tyler Junior College
Calvo finished runner-up to teammate Jorge Martinez at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup in singles. Calvo and Martinez teamed up for doubles at the ITA Oracle Cup and wound up placing second as well. He’s gone 23-2 in singles and 22-2 in doubles, playing the No. 1 and 2 positions. None of his losses have come against a Junior College opponent.

ITA Community Service Award: Meridian Community College
The men’s team has been active in the community, volunteering over 500 hours during the 2016-17 academic year. The players have assisted with Street Strut for Breast Cancer; Samaritan’s Purse; Run for Hope; My College Cares and they’ve collected items for the victims of the 1,000-year flood in Louisiana. In addition, they’ve spent time with the Special Olympics and numerous on-campus events.