May 15, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Three Virginia men’s tennis players and two members of the coaching staff received ITA Atlantic Region awards, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Monday (May 15).
Senior Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) earned two honors, being voted as the Atlantic Regional Most Improved Senior as well as earning the region’s Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Ritschard is the sixth Cavalier to become the region’s honoree for the Arthur Ashe award, joining Somdev Devvarman (2007), Sanam Singh (2011), Alex Domijan (2013), Mitchell Frank (2015) and Ryan Shane (2016).
Senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) was voted the ITA Senior Player of the Year. Kwiatkowski is the eighth Cavalier to be voted the top senior in the region, joining Brian Vahaly (2001), Devvarman (2008), Michael Shabaz (2011), Jamere Jenkins (2013), Domijan (2014), Frank (2015) and Shane (2016).
Freshman Carl Soderlund (Stockholm, Sweden) was voted as the ITA Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year, the 10th time a Cavalier earned this accolade.
Head coach Brian Boland was named the Wilson/ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year while associate head coach Dustin Taylor earned the ITA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year honor. Boland, who was the 2016 ITA National Coach of the Year, earned the regional honor for the seventh time. This was Taylor’s first time receiving the accolade.
Virginia earned six of the seven regional honors with Old Dominion’s Adam Moundir being named the region’s Player to Watch.
Select coaches in each region comprised the awards committee. National award winners for Division I will be announced on Tuesday, May 23.