ITA Announces National Award Winners for NCAA Division I Tennis

May 20, 2008

TULSA, Okla. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the national award winners for NCAA Division I tennis Tuesday during a ceremony at the University of Tulsa's Allan Chapman Activity Center.

This year's ITA national award winners are:

Women's TennisWilson/ITA National Coach of the Year - Claire Pollard, Northwestern
ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year - Dave Mullins, Northwestern (At-Large selection)
ITA National Senior Player of the Year - Riza Zalameda, UCLA
ITA National Rookie of the Year - Hilary Barte, Stanford
ITA National Player to Watch - Maria Mosolova, Northwestern
ITA /Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship - (co-winners) Olya Batsula, East Tennessee State and Dunja Antunovic, DePaul
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Kristi Miller, Georgia Tech

Men's Tennis
Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year - Brian Boland, Virginia
ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year - Ricardo Rubio, Texas
ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year - Somdev Devvarman, Virginia
ITA National Rookie of the Year - Alex Clayton, Stanford
ITA National Player to Watch - Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Oklahoma State
ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award - Kaes Van't Hof, USC
ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Lars Poerschke, Baylor
ITA/John Van Nostrand Memorial Award - Greg Ouelette, Florida

UCLA's Zalameda, the women's Senior Player of the Year is No. 8 and 1 in the ITA singles and doubles rankings respectively. She won her first-ever Pac-10 singles championship earlier this year, and has led the Bruins to today's NCAA Team Championship match.

Stanford swept the Rookie of the Year Awards, with Clayton and Barte taking the men's and women's awards respectively. Clayton is ranked No. 7 in the nation in singles, and has compiled a 26-8 record thus far. Barte is currently the No. 3-ranked singles player in the country, sporting an overall record of 28-6 and dual match mark of 21-3. She is also ranked at No. 9 in the country in doubles, with partner Lindsay Burdette.

USC's Van't Hof received the Osuna Award, which goes to a men's player who displays sportsmanship, character, and excellent academics, as well as having had outstanding tennis playing accomplishments.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit presented by the USTA, and the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Men's and Women's tennis 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.

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