Pac-12 athletes earn ITA regional honors
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The ITA Regional awards were announced this week with 16 Pac-12 Individuals earning regional honors. Four men's Pac-12 tennis players were named to the list, while nine women's players and three women's coaches earned top honors.
In the men's northwest region WASHINGTON's Kyle McMorrow earned the Senior of the Year, while CALIFORNIA junior Campbell Johnson was named the Player to Watch. STANFORD's Nolan Paige was tabbed the Rookie of the Year.
UCLA's Marcos Giron took the only men's honors in the southwest region as he was named the Player to Watch.
Women's head coaches Amanda Augustus of California and Richard Gallien of USC were named the Coach of the Year for the northwest and southwest regions, respectively. WASHINGTON STATE's Ekaterina Burduli was named the Assistant Coach of the Year for the northwest region.
California's Tayler Davis (northwest region) and USC's Danielle Lao (southwest region) were both voted the Senior of the Year. The Pac-12 earned three Rookie of the Year honors in Stanford's Krista Hardebeck for the northwest region, Kyle McPhillips from UCLA for the southwest region and Dhany Quevado of COLORADO for the mountain region. Klara Fabikova of Cal was tagged the Player to Watch in the northwest region.
The character of Pac-12 athletes was clear as Winde Janssens of Colorado, Andjela Kankaras of Washington State and Akilah James of ARIZONA were all honored with the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship for their respective regions. In addition, Kankaras was given the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.
In total three athletes were named Senior of the Year, three were given Player to Watch honors and four were named Rookie of the Year. Pac-12 coaches took home three honors and three athletes were awarded for their sportsmanship.