> ITA Tennis Homepage > Awards > ITA Award Winners > Past ITA Award Winners > 2006 ITA Award Winners - Division II National Men and WomenDrury's (Mo.) Amine Boustani and Armstrong Atlantic State's (Ga.) Simon Earnshaw are this year's Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Coaches of the Year, highlighting the award announcements for NCAA Division II men's and women's tennis. They will be presented their awards tonight during the NCAA Division II Championship banquet in Kansas City.
Boustani is this year's men's award winner, leading Drury to a 24-0 record and No. 1 Fila Collegiate Tennis Ranking. Earnshaw, the women's award winner, has led top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State to a 27-0 mark and 57-match win streak. Earnshaw was also named Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year in 2004. Armstrong won three of the five women's awards, also receiving ITA National Rookie of the Year and Player to Watch honors.
This year's other national award winners for Division II tennis are as follows (men's winner listed first):
ITA National Senior Player of the Year - Matias Oddone of Drury and Luisa Cowper of Armstrong Atlantic St.
ITA National Rookie Player of the Year - Brenton Bacon of Ferris St. (Mich.) and Suzanna Calvalcante of West Florida
ITA National Player to Watch: Davor Zink of Armstrong Atlantic St. and Iuliia Stupak of Armstrong Atlantic St.
ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship Award - Sebastian Niedermayer of Eckerd (Fla.) and Tasi Purcell of Rollins (Fla.)
The ITA National Senior Players of the Year are both on the nation's top-ranked teams. Drury's Oddone has been ranked No. 1 in the Fila national singles rankings this entire season. In October he captured the ITA Division II National Small College title and is 29-1. Armstrong's Cowper is also 29-1 this season and is No. 2 in the women's singles rankings. Cowper and Stupak are No. 3 in the Fila doubles rankings. ITA National Rookie of the Year Calvalcante of UWF is No. 3 in the Fila singles rankings with a 15-2 record this season. Ferris State's Bacon was 20-5 this season and climbed to No. 14 in the rankings. AASU swept the ITA Player to Watch awards. Zink is No. 4 in the rankings and 25-8 on the season. Stupak is No. 5 in the nation and 30-3. The ITA Player to Watch Award goes to a player who has an outstanding season, not yet won an ITA national singles title, and is expected to perform at a high level the rest of his or her career. Eckerd's Niedermayer and Rollin's Purcell are the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship Award recipients. This award goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
The 2006 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Tennis Championships resume Wednesday with round of 16 matches at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City. The top-ranked and defending champion Armstrong Atlantic State women face Valdosta State (Ga.) tomorrow. AASU is on another collision course to face No. 2 BYU-Hawaii in Saturday's final. BYU-Hawaii, 23-0 this season, had won a record 130 straight matches until losing to AASU in last year's championship match in Altamonte Springs, Fla. BYU faces Barry (Fla.) in round of 16 play. Aside from No. 1 AASU and No. 2 BYU-Hawaii, No. 3 West Florida, No. 4 Lynn (Fla.) and No. 5 Barry are among this week's title favorites.
Two-time defending men's champ West Florida faces Armstrong Atlantic State in tomorrow's round of 16. UWF enters this week's final 16 at No. 2 in the Fila national rankings. Top-ranked Drury plays Northwest Missouri State. Drury, UWF, No. 3 Valdosta State, No. 5 Lynn and No. 6 Barry are among the top contenders for the men's title.
NCAA regional first and second round play took place across the country last weekend.