ITA Announces 2013 NAIA National Award Winners
SKILLMAN, NJ (May 13) -- The ITA has announced its 2013 national award winners for NAIA men's and women's tennis. The national award winners are listed below, followed by a brief bio of each winner’s accomplishments.
2013 Men's Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year – Mattias Johansson, Vanguard University
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year – Ernesto Escamilla Jr., Bethel University
ITA Senior Player of the Year – Loic Didavi, Xavier University, Louisiana
ITA Rookie Player of the Year – Stefan Kilchhofer, Vanguard University
ITA Player to Watch – Rafael Bulnes, McPherson College
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship – Alex Tarnow, Cornerstone University
2013 Women's Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Alan Green, Xavier University, Louisiana
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year – John Davis, Brenau University
ITA Senior Player of the Year – Dorothy Chong, Lewis-Clark State College
ITA Rookie Player of the Year – Hui-I Huang, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
ITA Player to Watch – Dominika Jasova, Brenau University
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship – Ashlan Allison, Olivet Nazarene University
Mattias Johansson, the 2013 Wilson/ITA Men’s Coach of the Year, has led his team to one of their best seasons in program history. His Lions are 22-0 entering the NAIA Men’s National Tennis Championship after winning the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, the fourth GSAC title of Johansson’s coaching career. Johansson is a five time GSAC Coach of the Year, owns over 450 combined wins, and has produced over 70 NAIA All Americans and NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Ernesto Escamilla Jr., the 2013 ITA Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year, has made an immediate impact on this year’s Bethel University men’s tennis team. He helped the Wildcats make a huge turnaround from last year, improving Bethel from 8-12 to a 20-1 team this season. Escamilla also helped lead Bethel to an AMCW/HAAC/TSAC Unaffiliated Conference championship as well as a No. 7 ranking in the NAIA Men’s National Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
Loic Didavi, the 2013 ITA Men’s Senior Player of the Year, helped the Golden Nuggets vault into the Top five of the NAIA Men’s National Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time in school history. With over 30 combined wins this season, Didavi has earned a No. 4 singles ranking and a No. 15 ranking in doubles according to the ITA NAIA College Tennis Rankings. On the season, he owns four wins against current Top 15 opponents, two of which came against Top 10 players.
Stefan Kilchhofer, the 2013 ITA Men’s Rookie Player of the Year, has had a phenomenal first year at Vanguard University, leading the Lions to a perfect 22-0 overall record. Kilchhofer owns a combined 39-3 record this season including a flawless 22-0 singles record. He is ranked second in the country in singles in the ITA NAIA College Tennis Rankings and was honored earlier this season by being named the Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year while also taking home first team all-conference honors.
Rafael Bulnes, the 2013 ITA Men’s Player to Watch, has had a standout year for McPherson College, totaling a 39-10 combined record including a 20-5 mark in singles. He owns a Top 20 singles ranking and a Top 10 doubles ranking in the ITA NAIA College Tennis Rankings. Earlier this year Bulnes was a unanimous All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference selection.
Alex Tarnow, the 2013 Men’s ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner, has served as a role model for his teammates on-and-off the court. He has received academic awards such as the C. John Miller Business Leadership Scholarship, the Stewart-Woodward Accounting Scholarship, and has consistently maintained a place on the University’s dean list. He has also been involved in several community service projects , serves as the lone student on the University’s Financial Task Force committee, and is a member of ENACTUS, a competitive business club committed to using entrepreneurial auction to transform lives in the community.
Alan Green, the 2013 Wilson/ITA Women’s Coach of the Year, has led his team to their best season in school history. His Golden Nuggets are ranked first in the NAIA Women’s National Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time in school history, a first for any sport at Xavier University, Louisiana. Green’s women are 14-0 this season against NAIA schools with a 10-0 mark versus ranked NAIA opponents.
John Davis, the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year, has helped guide the Brenau women’s tennis program to great heights during his time as assistant coach. Brenau has been ranked inside the Top 10 of the NAIA Women’s National Coaches’ Top 25 Poll every season he has been with the team, including a number one ranking earlier this year.
Dorothy Chong, the ITA Senior Player of the Year, has played a large role in the progress of her team’s development over the years. This season, Chong boasts the highest rankings of her career at No. 13 in singles and No. 10 in doubles in the ITA NAIA College Tennis Rankings. For her career, she has achieved ITA All-American doubles status twice, two ITA Scholar-Athlete awards, and a NAIA Scholar-Athlete award.
Hui-I Huang, the ITA Rookie Player of the Year, stepped into a major role for Embry-Riddle this season by playing at the always competitive number one position. In her first year with the Eagles, Huang collected 14 wins with an 8-3 mark at first singles including three wins over Top 20 opponents. She also finished third in the NAIA doubles draw at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.
Dominika Jasova, the ITA Player to Watch, had an outstanding first year for Brenau by earning a No. 3 national ranking in the ITA NAIA College Tennis Rankings. Jasova owns several wins over ITA ranked opponents from NAIA schools as well as NCAA Divisions II and III. In addition to earning first team All-Southern States Athletic Conference honors, Jasova was also tabbed as the conference Newcomer of the Year.
Ashlan Allison, the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner, has shown tremendous leadership during her time at Olivet Nazarene. She has traveled abroad on mission trips to Guatemala and Haiti; Allison has also participated in several mission trips within the United States, one in particular being a relief trip to aide Hurricane Katrina victims. Allison has also been active in her community by volunteering at church, local schools, nursing homes, independent living locations, the United Way, and helped with various projects through her school’s business club.For a full list of NAIA Regional award winners, click here
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