Four From WCC Tennis Represented In ITA Regional Awards

2017 ITA Regional Award Winners

May 16, 2017

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Four with West Coast Conference ties were selected for major ITA Tennis Regional Awards, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Monday afternoon.

On the women's tennis side, Pepperdine's Ashley Lahey was named the Southwest Region Player to Watch while her coach Per Nilsson was named the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year and Waves assistant Mario Toldedo was named the Assistant Coach of the Year. For the men, Portland’s Aaron Gross was awarded the Northwest Region Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year.

Select coaches in each region comprised the awards committee that picked Regional awards, while the National award winners for Division I will be announced on Tuesday, May 23.

Lahey, the WCC Freshman of the Year, has produced a 15-2 overall dual record and a 28-5 collective record, including a 14-1 record from the No. 2-slot and a 1-1 record from the No. 1 position.  She has gone 8-4 against nationally ranked opponents.

Nilsson garnered WCC Coach of the Year for the third-straight season after leading Pepperdine to its sixth-straight WCC regular season title. The Waves went 19-4 throughout the regular season with an untarnished 9-0 output among West Coast Conference opponents. It is the second season Pepperdine has gone undefeated in conference play, and all nine of the wins were with 4-0 or 5-0 sweeping results. The third-year coach has his team currently in the NCAA Round of 16 for the second consecutive season.

Toledo is in his second season as an assistant under Nilsson at Pepperdine and helped the Waves post an undefeated conference season with all nine wins coming by way of sweeps. He is the second consecutive WCC assistant coach to earn the honor after San Diego’s Nadia Abdala took home the honor in 2015-16.

Gross gives the West Coast Conference the ITA Coach of the Year sweep after claiming the men’s award. Gross led Portland to the first regular season title in program history. The Pilots went 18-2 on the year and 8-1 in WCC play, surpassing the previous program-best finish of third place that has been achieved four times.

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