ITA Announces 2013 NCAA Division II National Award Winners

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ITA Announces 2013 NCAA Division II National Award Winners

SKILLMAN, NJ (May 7) -- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced its 2013 national award winners for NCAA Division II men's and women's tennis. A list of the national winners is provided below, followed by a brief bio of their accomplishments.

2013 Men's Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year – George Samuel, Barry University
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year – Daniel Rockhill, Concordia College (NY)
ITA Senior Player of the Year – Georgi Rumenov, Armstrong Atlantic State University
ITA Rookie Player of the Year – Robin Marchione, Rollins College
ITA Player to Watch – Vincent Verpeaux, Lander University
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship – Luke Joyce, Midwestern State University

2013 Women's Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year – Lauren Conching, Hawaii Pacific University
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year – Maria Lopez, Barry University
ITA Senior Player of the Year – I-Hsuan (Annie) Hwang, Brigham Young University, Hawaii
ITA Rookie Player of the Year – Valentine Confalonieri, Lynn University
ITA Player to Watch – Magda Riutort, Florida Southern College
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship – Paige Frost, Stonehill College

George Samuel, the 2013 Wilson/ITA Men’s Coach of the Year, has his team from Barry University ranked first in the nation in the ITA Division II Men’s Tennis Rankings with an unblemished record of 25-0. In addition to claiming the 2013 Sunshine State Conference title, Coach Samuel has led the Buccaneers to 19 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, five NCAA Runner-Up finishes, and an NCAA national championship in 2010.

Daniel Rockhill, the 2013 Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year, has helped guide Concordia College (NY) to another NCAA Round of 16 appearance. With a 20-2 record, this year’s team is ranked sixth in the nation according to the ITA Division II Men’s Tennis Rankings.  Rockhill also won his second consecutive East Region ITA Assistant Coach of the Year award this year.

Georgi Rumenov, the 2013 ITA Men’s Senior Player of the Year, has had one of the most successful years a player can have.  He began the 2012-13 season by winning the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships Division II singles title as well as the Super Bowl doubles crown, which, gave Rumenov the right to play in the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.  Rumenov has been ranked as the nation’s top singles and doubles player in each ranking period he has been eligible for a ranking and has collected  his second straight Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year award.   
 
Robin Marchione, the 2013 ITA Men’s Rookie Player of the year, was named the All-Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year along with earning All-Conference Second Team honors. He has a 16-5 overall singles record and boasts an unblemished mark in conference play.  

Vincent Verpeaux, the 2013 ITA Men’s Player to Watch, followed up a great sophomore season with an equally as strong junior year.  He posted a 12-3 singles record playing primarily first and second singles while also tallying an impressive 14-4 mark in doubles action.  For his efforts this season, Verpeaux has earned a No. 20 national ranking in the ITA Division II Tennis Rankings and has been named to the All-Peach Belt Second Team for singles.

Luke Joyce, the 2013 Men’s ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner, has been a leader by example through his patience, commitment and passion for the Midwestern State University men’s tennis program.  He has been active in the community by working with the Boys and Girls Club of Wichita Falls while also participating in the university’s Great Day of Service, an initiative in which students volunteer their time at local charities and organizations.  He has also received academic honors such as being named to the Provost Honor Roll and the Tri Beta Biology Honors Society.  

Lauren Conching, the 2013 Women’s Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year, has seen a great deal of success over her career and this year has been no different as she led her team to a program best No. 3 national ranking in the ITA Division II Women’s Tennis Rankings.  Earlier this year she guided Hawaii Pacific to a 5-4 road upset win over BYU-Hawaii, snapping one of the longest home winning streaks in college tennis, dating back to the 1998-99 season.     

Maria Lopez, the 2013 ITA Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, has earned her second consecutive ITA Assistant Coach of the Year award.  She is known for her hands-on approach to coaching and has led five Barry players to a national ranking in the ITA Division II Women’s Tennis Rankings.  Off the court, Lopez has taken an active role organizing USTA/ITA QuickStart community service projects.  

I-Hsuan (Annie) Hwang, the 2013 ITA Women’s Senior Player of the Year, has been nothing short of dominant during her collegiate career.  While playing in two national tournaments, three conference tournaments, two USTA/ITA Regional Championships, and two USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, Hwang has posted an astonishing singles record of 80-1.  She has won two Division II USTA/ITA National Small College Championships singles titles as well as a doubles championship.  She was named the 2011 recipient of the James O’Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award and has been selected as the PacWest Conference MVP the past two seasons.

Valentine Confalonieri, the 2013 ITA Women’s Rookie of the Year, had an outstanding first year of collegiate competition, accumulating 32 wins in singles and doubles.  She has been named the Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year while also earning first team all-conference honors in singles and doubles. Earlier this season she finished third in the Division II USTA/ITA National Small College Championships doubles tournament.

Magda Riutort, the 2013 ITA Women’s Player to Watch, proved she can play with the best in Division II tennis by recording a 17-3 singles record and an 18-3 mark in doubles.  She owns a top 10 ranking in both singles and doubles in the ITA Division II Tennis Rankings.  

Paige Frost, the 2013 Women’s ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner, has seen a great deal of success on-and-off the court.  Along with having over 100 combined wins and multiple all-conference honors, Frost has excelled as a role model to her teammates by offering support on the tennis court and in the classroom.  She is known by her teammates as one that leads by example, inspiring others to achieve the goals they all desire.  

For a full list of NCAA Division II Regional award winners, click here.

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 comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 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.

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