Alex Slovic Named ITA National Rookie of the Year

May 26, 2004

TULSA, Okla. - Washington freshman Alex Slovic was named the ITA National Rookie of the Year, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced this evening at its national awards banquet at the Promenade Ballroom at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Tulsa.

Slovic, currently competing in the NCAA Singles Championship, is the highest ranked freshman in the nation at No. 25. He went 26-7 in singles this season, recording 11 top 125 victories. Also ranked No. 42 in doubles, Slovic reached the singles final and won the doubles title at the ITA Western Region Championships last fall.

Slovic was also named the Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year, along with Stanford's James Wan, and was the only freshman named to the All-Pac-10 first-team. Slovic is the first Husky named ITA National Rookie of the Year. His teammate and friend from his native Yugoslavia, Alex Vlaski, came close with Region 8 Freshman of the Year honors in 2002.

The other honors named at the banquet included the following: Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year - Ron Smarr (Rice), ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year - Shaheen Ladhani (Rice), ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award - William Barker, ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Players of the Year - Brian Wilson (Illinois) and Jeremy Wurtzman (Ohio State), ITA National Player to Watch - Sam Warburg (Stanford), ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Lee Taylor (Walker Memphis), and the ITA/John Van Nostrand Memorial Award - Nicholas Monroe (North Carolina)

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