May 20, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – The Virginia men’s tennis team received two national awards Tuesday during the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s awards ceremony, in conjunction with the NCAA Championships. Senior Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) won the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award and associate head coach Andres Pedroso was named the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year.
Domijan was the 2014 recipient of the Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award, he ITA’s longest-running award that goes to a Division I men’s player who displays sportsmanship, character, excellent academics and has had outstanding tennis playing accomplishments. He posted a 26-2 singles record during his senior season. Domijan becomes the third Cavalier to win the award, joining Somdev Devvarman in 2007 and Sanam Singh in 2011.
Pedroso, in his fourth season at Virginia, helped the Cavaliers to a 27-3 record and a NCAA semifinal appearance this year. In 2014, Virginia won its eighth consecutive ACC championship and its 11th consecutive ACC regular season title. Pedroso becomes the second Virginia coach to be named ITA Assistant Coach of the Year, joining Tony Bresky, who won the award in 2005.
Virginia will close out the 2014 season with three individuals in the NCAA Singles Championship, which begins Wednesday at the University of Georgia. Sixth-seeded Domijan opens play against Leandro Toledo of Minnesota. Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) is the No. 4 seed and will play Mackenzie McDonald in the first round. Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) will play Andrew Bettles of Boise State in the first round. Domijan and Frank’s matches will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, with Shane’s not before noon.