Wilson ITA Coach of the Year

Eric Bernabeu | Lindsey Wilson College

Eric Bernabeu led the Lindsey Wilson Women’s Tennis program to a top 10 national ranking, in the process going 9-0 versus top 25 opponents. Lindsey Wilson finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in the ITA National Team Rankings and is the No. 3 overall seed in the NAIA Women’s Tennis Championship taking place in Mobile, Alabama.

ITA Assistant Coach of the Year

Jessica Simeri | Holy Cross College

Jessica Simeri has played an intricate role in the rise of the Holy Cross Women’s tennis program. This year, the women’s program ranked 20th and came away with their second-consecutive CCAC Tournament title, defeating Roosevelt 4-0.

ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship

Tessa Blough | Concordia University, Nebraska

Tessa Blough is the heart and soul of the Concordia – Nebraska team. As a leader, Blough organizes all of the team community service projects and is the team representative of the Bulldog Council for the athletic department. On top of playing a key role in the team Blough contributed to the singles and doubles lineup all year.

ITA Rookie of the Year

Victoria Vieten | William Carey University

In her first year on the team, Victoria Vieten was the Regional Singles Champion and placed 5th at the ITA Cup. Throughout the season, Vieten was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation.

ITA Most Improved Player

Hanna Lindeboom | William Woods University

Hanna Lindeboom went from being ranked No. 34 in the country last year to being ranked No. 9 this year. She also went from being ranked No. 16 in doubles last year to No. 7 this year. Lindeboom won the Regional Championship and is the Conference Player of the Year.

ITA Senior Player of the Year

Kia Carvalho-Landell | Holy Cross College

Kia Carvalho-Landell is nationally ranked in both singles and doubles and finished 5th in doubles at Small College Regionals. Carvalho-Landell has been the driving force behind Holy Cross’s success the past two seasons.

ITA Player to Watch

Violet Apisah | Keiser University

Violet Apisah has spent the entire year ranked in the top 10 in both singles and doubles, all while playing at the No. 1 positions. She is currently ranked #2 in the nation in singles and #7 in doubles, and finished the fall ranked #1 with her partner. Apisah finshed the season with a record of 23-5 in singles and 28-3 in doubles including results from the fall. This season she is currently unbeaten in both singles and doubles play in the NAIA. In the Fall, her and her partner won the ITA Cup in doubles and went on to capture the ITA Cup Super Bowl to earn a wild card into the NCAA Division 1 Fall National Championships, where her and her partner upset the nationally ranked doubles team from BYU before falling to Oklahoma State’s doubles team in a super tiebreaker in the Round of 16.

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