STANFORD, Calif. – Three members of the Virginia men’s tennis team were honored on Tuesday as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its national award winners at a ceremony in conjunction with the NCAA Championships. Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) was named ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year, Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) was named ITA National Rookie of the Year, and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) received the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award.
Shabaz becomes the second Cavalier to be named National Senior Player of the Year, joining Somdev Devvarman in 2008. He is ranked No. 5 nationally in singles and No. 2 nationally in doubles. A five-time All-American, Shabaz will be looking to become the first player in nearly 50 years to win three consecutive NCAA Doubles Championships.
Domijan is the first Virginia player to be named National Rookie of the Year. Ranked No. 2 nationally in singles, he became just the third freshman to win the ITA All-American Championship singles title. He has posted a 37-3 overall record, including a 27-1 dual match record.
Singh becomes the second Cavalier to receive the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award, joining Somdev Devvarman in 2007. In addition to being a two-time singles All-American, Singh has also earned the reputation as one of college tennis’ true sportsmen, giving the utmost respect to each opponent and match he participates in. He volunteers annually as a tennis instructor for the Charlottesville Special Olympics Tennis Clinic and Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA), which strives to give back to underprivileged children.
Shabaz, Domijan and Singh are among the five Virginia players that will begin competition at the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday at Stanford.