May 13, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Four members of the Virginia men’s tennis team received ITA Atlantic Region awards, the organization announced Tuesday. Three players and one coach were honored for a 2014 season that saw the Cavaliers (25-2) win their eighth consecutive ACC title and reach the NCAA Round of 16 for the 11th consecutive year.
Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) was named the ITA Atlantic Region Senior Player of the Year. He is the fifth Cavalier to be named the top senior player in the region, joining Brian Vahaly (2001), Somdev Devvarman (2008), Michael Shabaz (2011) and Jarmere Jenkins (2013). Domijan is ranked No. 6 nationally in singles and has posted a 25-1 record this season. He will be making his fourth NCAA Singles Championship appearance later this month.
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) became the fifth consecutive Cavalier to be named ITA Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year. The nation’s No. 113 ranked singles player, he has posted a 19-1 singles record during his freshman season.
Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) was named the ITA Atlantic Region Player to Watch, given to someone expected to be one of the top returning players in his region next season and is expected to contend for an ITA regional title. Shane is ranked No. 46 nationally with a 25-6 singles record and was selected to his first NCAA Singles Championship. Shane is the sixth Cavalier to win the award and the second in his family, as his older brother Justin received the honor in 2012.
Associate Head Coach Andres Pedroso was named Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year. It is the second time Pedroso has been named ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year during his four seasons at Virginia, also earning the honor in 2012.
All are now candidates for the ITA National Awards, announced May 20 in Athens, Ga., the day of the NCAA Tournament men’s and women’s championship matches.
Virginia opens play in Georgia on Friday with a NCAA Round of 16 match against Notre Dame. Match time at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex is noon.