ITA Announces 2013 Regional Tennis Award Recipients
May 15, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Eight Mountain West tennis student-athletes and coaches were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) when the organization announced its 2013 Regional Awards on Tuesday.
UNLV head women's coach Kevin Cory was named ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year after guiding the No. 57 Rebels (20-8) to the 2013 Mountain West tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship. UNLV upset No. 27 Tulsa 4-3 in the opening round of the NCAA's, but fell to host and 16th-seeded Nebraska 4-1 in the second round.
Former Boise State assistant coach Clancy Shields earned the Mountain Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year. The Broncos won their second straight MW tournament championship in 2013. Boise State (20-10) lost a tough 4-3 decision to Clemson in the opening round of the NCAA Men's Championship.
Catrina Thompson, an assistant on the Boise State women's team, was honored with the Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year award. The Broncos finished MW play with a 4-4 record, 13-10 overall.
New Mexico's Jadon Phillips and Air Force's Hannah Dake earned the Men's and Women's Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award, respectively. The awards are given to the male and female player in each region who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. Phillips was a four-time All-MW honoree and played primarily in the No. 1 singles position in 2013 for the Lobos. Dake and doubles partner Melissa Cecil made the All-MW Women's Team this season.
Lance Wilhelm from the Air Force Academy was named the Mountain Region Senior of the Year. Wilhelm defeated 2013 MW Player of the Year, Boise State's Andy Bettles, twice in 2013 and finished the season ranked No. 82 in the nation.
Bettles was also selected as the Mountain Region's Player to Watch. The 40th-ranked Bettles was a key cog in Boise State's lineup this season, playing at the No. 1 singles slot. The junior qualified for the 2013 NCAA Men's Championship with a 33-9 overall record.
Nevada junior Michelle Okhremchuk was chosen as the Mountain Region Women's Player to Watch. She was an All-MW selection in 2013 (singles and doubles) and helped guide the Wolf Pack to a semifinal appearance in the Mountain West tournament, playing at the No. 1 singles position.