ITA Announces 2013 NCAA DIII National Award Winners

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ITA Announces 2013 NCAA Division III National Award Winners

SKILLMAN, NJ (May 22) -- The ITA has announced its 2013 national award winners for NCAA Division III men's and women's tennis. The national winners are listed below, followed by a brief bio of their accomplishments.

2013 Men's Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Paul Settles, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Daniel Bickett, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
ITA Senior Player of the Year - Adam Putterman, Washington University-St. Louis
ITA Rookie of the Year - Matthew Heinrich, Stevens Institute of Technology
ITA Player to Watch - Patrick Lipscomb, University of Redlands
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Erick DelaFuente, Trinity (TX) University

2013 Women's Award Winners:
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - Alison Swain, Williams College
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Joanne Schickerling, Trinity (CT) College
ITA Senior Player of the Year - Kellen Alberstone, Bowdoin College
ITA Rookie of the Year - Sarah Woods, Kalamazoo College
ITA Player to Watch - Jessica Ly, University of Redlands
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Katie Cecil, Carnegie Mellon University


Paul Settles, the 2013 Wilson/ITA Men's Coach of the Year, has guided his teams to a Top five finish seven times in his nine previous years at the helm of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's program. This year's squad reached No. 1 in the nation for the first time in program history after defeating Kenyon 9-0 and defending national champion Emory 8-1 on consecutive days. He guided his team to an eighth consecutive SCIAC title this year, going undefeated against NCAA Division III competition. The Stags' win over Cal Lutheran in the third round of this year's NCAA Team Championship was their 28th, breaking the previous school record for victories in a single season. Settles is also very successful at tying in the community with his squads, hosting a USTA Campus Kids Day and USTA Campus Showdown every season.

Daniel Bickett, the 2013 ITA Men's Assistant Coach of the Year, has been a huge part of Wisconsin-Whitewater's success in his seven years with the program. This season alone he helped the Warhawks claim a seventh conference title in the past eight years. Overall, the program is 132-43 since his arrival. He served as the team's recruiting coordinator as well as assistant coach this season, as he has been able to land some of the top recruits in the nation in the past few years. Bickett has also been very involved within the community, including devoting time to organize and run a free two week after-school tennis program for local middle school kids and working seven summer camps this past summer. He also organized a breast cancer awareness event at during WIAC tournament earlier this season.

Adam Putterman, the 2013 ITA Men's Senior Player of the Year, is currently ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles in the ITA Central Region. He has been one of the best players in the nation in his four years of collegiate competition, earning ITA All-American honors twice while winning over 150 singles matches. Putterman also made back-to-back USTA/ITA Small College Championships appearances, placing second in 2011 and fifth this fall in the Division III singles draw. As team captain this season he led his team to the UAA tournament title, along with a semifinal finish in the NCAA Team Championship. He has also been successful in the classroom, being named a 2012 Capital One Second Team Academic All-American along with being a three-time Academic All-UAA honoree.

Matthew Heinrich, the 2013 ITA Men's Rookie of the Year, capped off an impressive rookie campaign with a 24-5 singles record, including 10-1 at the top position in the lineup for nationally-ranked Stevens Tech. He also led his team in doubles victories on the season with 26, finishing a staggering 21-3 with his doubles partner Chris Rosensteel, as the duo became the first in school history to be selected for the NCAA Doubles Championship. Heinrich, the Empire 8 Athletic Conference Player and Rookie of the Year, helped the Ducks reach its first NCAA Championship Regional Final in program history earlier this season after claiming its fourth consecutive conference title.

Patrick Lipscomb, the 2013 ITA Men's Player to Watch, finished the spring ranked inside the Top 10 in singles and doubles of the ITA West Region rankings. He was named to the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team earlier this season after compiling 19 victories, with all but one coming in straight sets. That effort earned him a berth into the NCAA Singles Championship draw. Lipscomb also collected 18 wins in doubles this season to play an integral part in Redlands reaching the second round of this year's NCAA Team Championship.

Erick DelaFuente, the 2013 Men's ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship honoree, has been a tremendously influential part of his team for the past four years through his performance, leadership, and sportsmanship. He has served as a team captain the past two seasons, leading the way with his competitive spirit and ultimate respect for his opponents. He is a two-time ITA All American and was named the ITA West Region Rookie Player of the Year for the 2009-10 season. This season he helped Trinity reach the quarterfinals of the Division III NCAA Championship for the third time in four years. DelaFuente finished his academic career with a GPA of nearly 3.4, showing his dedication in the classroom as well. He has been involved with numerous community service projects in his four years on campus including the San Antonio Children's Shelter, the San Antonio Animal Shelter, and Habitat for Humanity. He also helped raise awareness for heart health by participating in the annual Heart Walk of San Antonio.

Alison Swain, the 2013 Wilson/ITA Women's Coach of the Year, is now in her sixth season as the head coach of the Williams College women's program. Her squads have simply been a powerhouse under her direction, winning their six consecutive NCAA Division III Women's Team Championship this season, which sets the NCAA Division III record for the most consecutive team titles. Her overall record now stands at an impressive 134-17, including a perfect 30-0 in NCAA Championships play. Earlier this season she was awarded with her fourth NESCAC Coach of the Year honor, as well as her second ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honor.

Joanne Schickerling, the 2013 ITA Women's Assistant Coach of the Year, is a young coach who instantly connects with her players thanks to her energy and passion for the sport. She was hired in 2009 to help turn an unranked Trinity (CT) College program around, and she has done just that, as they are currently ranked No. 21 in the nation in the ITA Division III Women's National Team Rankings. She is a tremendous motivator who works tirelessly with her players, pushing the team every day in practice to get the best out of them. Schickerling has been an active member within the community also, running her school's Campus QuickStart program, teaching tennis to the local Boys and Girls Club, and helping run the tennis section of the Dream Camp for inner-city kids.

Kellen Alberstone, the 2013 ITA Women's Senior Player of the Year, has been the captain of her team for the last three seasons. She has been named an All-NESCAC honoree all four years of her career, along with earning three ITA All-American honors, which is the most in school history. With her 18 singles victories on the season she has upped her career total to 57, which is good enough for sixth-best all-time in Bowdoin women's tennis history. Alberstone helped her team to a Top 10 national ranking this season, along with making major contributions to the team's run to the third round of the NCAA Team Championship. She will be competing in the NCAA Singles Championship as well after finishing the regular season ranked No. 4 in the ITA Northeast Region in singles.

Sarah Woods, the 2013 Women's ITA Rookie Player of the Year, finished the season a perfect 19-0 against NCAA Division III competition in singles play this spring. She played at the top spots in both singles and doubles for Kalamazoo College the entire season, totaling 35 victories overall. She started her career by winning the MIAA Individual A Singles and A Doubles titles in the fall. Woods has climbed all the way up the ITA Central Region rankings this season, currently sitting at No. 2 in singles and No. 10 in doubles. She also showed tremendous leadership throughout the spring season despite being just a freshman.

Jessica Ly, the 2013 Women's ITA Player to Watch, rebounded from any injury-plagued season a year ago to hold a current Top 10 ranking in both singles and doubles in the ITA West Region, including being ranked No. 1 in doubles. She contributed nearly 30 victories during dual match play this season, helping the University of Redlands women's team qualify for the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2010. Her leadership and fierce competitive spirit on the court provided her team with a boost all season.

Katie Cecil, the 2013 Women's ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner,is described by Carnegie Mellon head coach Andy Girard as arguably the most exceptionally well-rounded student-athlete he has ever coached. This season alone she has been a tremendous force on the court for the Tartans, playing at the top spots in singles and doubles for a team that reached the third round of the NCAA Team Championship. Cecil has also qualified for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships this season. She was named the ITA National Player to Watch for Division III last season along with earning ITA All-American honors. She spearheaded the athletic department's Light's On After-school Program, in which she served as a coach for local Pittsburgh youth, teaching them the benefits of being active after school. She is also a dedicated student, carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA in Biological Sciences/Neurosciences. Cecil was recently featured on the cover of NCAA Champions magazine, where her academic success was chronicled.

For a full list of NCAA Division III Regional award winners, visit http://www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/ITA_Award_Winners.htm

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