Wilson ITA Coach of the Year

Doug Neagle | Nova Southeastern University

Doug Neagle has continued to elevate the Nova Southeastern Women’s Tennis program. He was recognized as the Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career, guiding NSU to a 21-4 record and the No. 1 ranking in the ITA Coaches’ Poll. Neagle coached the duo of Natalie Espinal and Freya Davies to the ITA Doubles Cup National Championship during the fall and led the Sharks to eight wins over nationally ranked opponents.

ITA Assistant Coach of the Year

Justin Miles | University of North Georgia

Justin Miles has been on the UNG tennis staff as the assistant coach for the past two seasons and has immediately had an impact on both sides, bringing with him years of experience at the Division 1 level in addition to being a graduate assistant and assistant coach. Justin has helped lead the men’s and women’s tennis programs to new heights with his positive coaching demeanor on and off the court. This year, the women’s program held a regular season record of 20-1 and was ranked #3 nationally for last few months of the season. The women’s program also won the Peachbelt Conference regular season and for the first time in school history, won the Peachbelt Conference Tournament. Currently 22-1, the program is ranked #3 nationally and #1 regionally.

ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship

Jessica Christa Wira Hadipoernomo | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

No one embodies the “Student, Person, Player” motto of Embry-Riddle Athletics more than Jessica Christa Wira Hadipoernomo. Simply put, she is the whole package and then some. Jessica embodies the whole picture as student-athlete, human-being and teammate. She boasts an impressive cumulative 4.0 GPA while completing both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in computational mathematics accelerated program. She also goes above and beyond for her teammates, stringing tennis racquets for the team, hitting more tennis balls than anyone on the team, and has a “first one there, last one to leave” mentality as she is always first to suggest a community service activity, pick up the trash, first at practice, and dumps our water coolers to be refilled for the following day. If at away matches, she does the same thing at other team’s facilities because as Jessica would say, “It’s just the right thing to do!”

ITA Rookie of the Year

Ella Coleman | Rockhurst University

Ella Coleman became an immediate leader on the Rockhurst Women’s Tennis team with her achievements, discipline, and positive energy on and off the court. She has been consistently ranked near the top of the ITA Singles rankings, with a high of #4 in the nation this season. Her accomplishments are impressive for any student-athlete, but having these as a freshman is especially outstanding. She is currently ranked higher than any other player in the GLVC conference or Midwest region with several ranked wins throughout the season. Her record of 22-4 speaks for itself, playing #1 singles for the entirety of our spring season. She sets a great example for other players in the lineup with her positivity and respect of opponents. She recently won Newcomer of the Year across all women’s sports at Rockhurst University.

ITA Most Improved Player

Alessa Maier | Texas A&M University, Kingsville

During Alessa Maier’s freshman year, she posted a singles record of 7-9 at the No. 3 position. During her sophomore year, she improved to an overall record of 21-9 at the No. 2 spot, with 5 wins over ranked players. She was ranked as high as 57 during and season and finished the year ranked 63. In her junior year, Maier moved into the No. 1 position and went 19-12, with 3 wins over ranked players and finished the year ranked 44th in the country. During her senior year, Maier played at the No. 1 spot again, with an overall record of 30-8. Maier was ranked as high as 6th in the country. She won the South Central Region ITA and made it to the final of the consolation draw after losing to the number one player in the country in the first round of the main draw. During the season, she had a 12-match win streak before hurting her back at the end of the regular season and she had wins over 12 ranked players throughout the year.

ITA Senior Player of the Year

Natalie Espinal | Nova Southeastern University

This year, Espinal won the ITA Cup doubles title for the third time in her career. At the SSC tournament, she earned her 100th career singles, the only player to accomplish this in program’s history. Natalie played #1 singles all year with an overall record of 20-4 and a 16-3 dual match record. Currently she is ranked #3 in the country in singles and #2 in doubles. Awards for Natalie during her career include First-Team All-Sunshine State Conference in singles (fourth honor) and First-Team All-SSC in doubles (third honor) and ITA All-American in doubles. She guided the Sharks to the NCAA National Championship and a national finalist finish. She also helped NSU set a program record for single season wins.

ITA Player to Watch

Salma Djoubri | Lynn University

Salma Djoubri has been ranked by the ITA as NCAA Division II’s No. 1 player throughout the 2023-24 athletic year. Djoubri won the 2023 ITA Cup Women’s Singles Super Bowl and National Championship after defeating Nadja Meier of Flagler. Djoubri was the lone DII player to be selected for the ITA DI Fall National Championships in San Diego, where she defeated Marcela Lopez of Utah to advance to the Round of 16, where she faced 40th ranked Ange Oby Kajuru of Oklahoma State. During the spring season, Djoubri posted a 17-1 singles record and a perfect 17-0 against DII opponents. All 17 wins have come in the top singles flight.

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