The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its annual regional awards Tuesday and several players and coaches from the area were recognized. All regional award winners are eligible for the ITA national awards.
Duke: Women’s coach Jamie Ashworth was named the the Carolina Region Coach of the Year and senior Hanna Mar the Carolina Region Senior Player of the Year.
It was the fifth regional coach of the year honor for Ashworth, whose team travels to Athens, Ga. to face No. 14 Clemson on Thursday in the NCAA tournaments’s round of 16.
Mar, ranked 36th by the ITA, has a 28-10 singles record, including a 12-2 record in ACC play. She helped Duke defeat East Tennessee State and South Carolina last weekend to advance in the NCAA tournament.
• Blue Devils men’s junior Raphael Hemmeler was the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.
The award, named to honor Ashe and the vision he embodied, is awarded to the player in each region who best demonstrates leadership qualities on the court and in the community, as well as the player who shows the highest level of sportsmanship.
Hemmeler wetn 20-11 in singles and 18-10 in doubles en route to earning All-ACC third team recognition this spring. He went 8-4 in singles after moving up to the No. 3 spot in the Blue Devils’ lineup.
North Carolina: Brayden Schnur was named Carolina Region Rookie Player of the Year, while fellow freshman Ronnie Schneider was been tapped as the ITA Carolina Region To Watch.
Schnur has gone 17-4 in singles and 19-5 in doubles. In singles, he is 11-3 against nationally-ranked players. Schnur’s play has been a key in lifting UNC to a school record 26 dual match team victories.
Schneider played a No. 2 behind Schnur in the singles lineup. Including fall tournament play, Schneider was 33-7 and 12-6 against nationally-ranked players. He was 7-3 in three-set matches and won the clinching match against South Carolina in the NCAA regional final Sunday as the Tar Heels won 4-1.
Schnur, 15th in the ITA singles rankings, and Schneider, 33rd, will lead UNC into the NCAA final 16 Friday when the No. 7 Tar Heels meet No. 10 Georgia in Athens.
• UNC women’s freshmen Hayley Carter was named the Carolina Region Player to Watch, while Jamie Loeb garnered Rookie of the Year honors for the region.
Loeb, the top ranked player in the country and the ACC Player of the Year, owns a 47-2 singles record, including a 28-1 mark in dual matches this spring and a 14-0 mark in the ACC at No. 1 singles.
She is the top overall seed in the NCAA singles bracket.
Carter, the ACC Rookie of the Year, has a 44-6 singles record, a 23-2 record in dual matches at No. 2 singles and went 12-1 in the ACC. She is ranked No. 5 nationally and will be the seventh seed in the upcoming NCAA singles championship.
As a team, UNC (26-5) has advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Championships as the No. 7 overall seed. The Tar Heels will face 10th-seed Texas A&M Thursday at 9 a.m., in Athens.
N.C. State: Women’s senior Joelle Kissell won the Most Improved Senior Award.
Kissell capped off a historic senior season by setting the career record for the most all-time dual singles victories in school history. Kissell’s 62 wins eclipsed Jenny Sell’s 59 that had stood for the last 21 years.
This season, Kissell compiled an overall mark of 15-18 and 12-10 in dual singles matches – all of which were played at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. She collected a team-high three wins against ranked opponents on the year. In doubles, she finished with an overall record of 13-11, including an 11-9 mark in dual doubles matches that featured victories over two ranked opponents.
Track and Field
St. Augustine’s: George Williams won five awards including CIAA Athletic Director of the Year, at the CIAA Awards Reception in Richmond, Va.
Williams also received CIAA Coach of the Year honors in men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s indoor track & field and men’s outdoor track & field.