Pac-12 tennis racks up ITA Division I Regional Awards
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Seven different men’s teams and seven different women’s teams from Pac-12 tennis saw players receive ITA Division I Regional Awards, as announced by the organization yesterday.
For the men, John Morrissey of STANFORD and Ray Sarmiento of USC received the ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award for the Northwest and Southwest Regions, while Trojan Roberto Quiroz was named the Player to Watch for the Southwest Region. UCLA picked up Senior Player of the Year and Rookie Player of the Year for the Southwest Region with Clay Thompson and Mackenzie McDonald, respectively. CALIFORNIA’s Filip Bergevi received Rookie of the Year for the Northwest Region. WASHINGTON’s Max Manthou was tabbed as the Most Improved Senior of the Year for the Northwest Region and Ben Tasevac received the honor for the Mountain Region for UTAH. OREGON head coach Nils Schyllander was voted Coach of the Year in the Northwest Region, while three assistant coaches received regional Assistant Coach of the year honors: Utah’s Roeland Branteau in the Mountain Region, Stanford’s Brandon Coupe in the Northwest Region, and USC’s Krzysztof Kwinta in the Southwest Region.
On the women’s side, the ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award went to CALIFORNIA’s Alice Duranteau in the Northwest Region. The Pac-12 saw three players named Player to Watch for their respective regions, with COLORADO’s Julyette Steur for the Mountain Region, Stanford’s Carol Zhao in the Northwest Region and ARIZONA STATE’s Desirae Krawczyk in the Southwest Region. Senior Player of the Year honors went to Kristie Ahn of Stanford and Lacey Smyth of ARIZONA, while Rookie Player of the Year accolades went to Taylor Davidson of Stanford and Jennifer Brady of UCLA. The Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship was awarded to Elizaveta Luzina of WASHINGTON STATE in the Northwest Region. Akilah James of Arizona picked up Most Improved Senior of the Year for the Southwest Region. Stanford’s Lele Forood and Frankie Brennan were picked up Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year in the Northwest Region. Arizona’s Vicky Maes and Nick Dargene were Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year in the Southwest Region.
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