The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) hauled in several Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) awards at the regional and national levels as recently announced by the organization.
The ITA sponsors the following awards: Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year, ITA Assistant Coach of the Year, Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award, ITA Rookie of the Year, ITA Player to Watch, ITA Most Improved Senior, ITA Senior Player of the Year and ITA Community Service Award.
Geoff Roche of Redlands was voted the Wilson/ITA West Region Coach of the Year on the men's side after pacing the Bulldogs to a 13-6 overall record during the 2018-19 regular season with six wins coming against ranked opposition. In addition, Redlands secured a 5-2 record in the SCIAC and advanced to the conference postseason tournament as the third seed.
The women's Wilson/ITA West Region Coach of the Year honors went to Dave Schwarz of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS), while Nyssa Peele of the Athenas was named the ITA Assistant Coach of Year for the West Region. One year removed from leading the team to its first national championship, Schwarz and his staff led CMS to a 27-2 overall record that was highlighted by 7-0 ledger in SCIAC play. The Athenas secured the top seed in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament and won the tournament championship. For the second time in as many years, CMS advanced through the national playoffs and appeared in the NCAA Division III Championship finals before falling to Wesleyan (Conn.), 5-4.
The West Region Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship award on the men's side went to CMS's Julian Gordy who was also the national winner of the award. Gordy has compiled a 59-20 singles record and 91-42 doubles mark during his career. A two-time team captain, he is currently 20-9 on the season. Ranked regionally in singles and doubles play, Gordy was honored with the Hank Krieger Award for academic, athletic, and leadership excellence among all CMS student-athletes. He also led the team's community involvement, and in 2018 CMS received the ITA Community Service Award. He was also voted first team all-conference earlier this month.
Voted the ITA West Region Rookie of the Year on the women's side, Maria Lyven of Pomona-Pitzer was also tabbed the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year and a first team all-league selection. During her debut season, Lyven amassed a 14-5 overall singles ledger that was highlighted by a 6-2 record against SCIAC opposition. Lyven had a stellar debut campaign as she helped Pomona-Pitzer to the second seed in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. In doubles play, Lyven tallied a 9-4 record as the Sagehens notched a 14-4 overall record that was fueled by a 6-1 record in league play.
The men's ITA Player to Watch in the West Region, as well as nationally, was the Stags' Jack Katzman. Katzman has posted a 26-2 overall singles recording including a 20-0 mark in dual matches. He is ranked No. 1 in singles and No. 5 in doubles play in the West region. As a first-year, Katzman reached the NCAA singles final, concluding the year with a 26-6 singles record and 25-7 mark in doubles. He ended that season ranked No. 2 in the west and No. 3 nationally.
Rebecca Berger of CMS was named the West Region's ITA Player to Watch as she helped CMS clinch the program's eighth straight SCIAC Postseason Tournament championship. Berger was voted a First Team All-SCIAC honoree in 2019. Berger entered the NCAA Postseason with a 16-1 record in singles, including a perfect 14-0 in dual matches.
Caltech's Kana Moriyama was voted the ITA Most Improved Senior in the West Region after helping the Beavers to a 10-7 overall record that was fueled by a 5-2 ledger in conference play and the third seed in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. She posted an overall record of 9-9 during the 2018-19 season, with a 6-3 record against conference competition. She was also 11-7 (6-3 versus the SCIAC) in doubles play.
The ITA Senior Player of the Year award in the West Region went to Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer who was also tabbed the SCIAC Athlete of the Year and earned her fourth First Team All-SCIAC distinction. Casper, who was also tabbed the SCIAC Athlete of the Year in 2017, and the Newcomer of the Year in 2016. tallied a 20-8 overall record in singles play during the regular season, with an 11-1 mark against SCIAC competition. In doubles competition, Casper has collected a combined 16-5 mark, with an 8-2 record against league foes.