SALT LAKE CITY – Utah tennis student-athlete Ben Tasevac was named Most Improved Senior of the Year, while Roeland Brateanu was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) today.
“I’d like to thank my coaches, teammates and parents for all their hard work and helping me along the way,” Tasevac said. “It’s been four years of hard work and I’m honored to have received this award.”
Tasevac was named Pac-12 Player of the week on Feb. 25, 2014, one of two Utes to receive the honor this season. He finished his collegiate career with 48 singles wins and 25 doubles victories. His best victory of the season occurred when he defeated nationally-ranked Maciek Romanowicz of Stanford. Tasevac clinched three huge wins for the Utes when defeating Mitch McDaniels (New Mexico), Andre Goryachkov (BYU) and Marc Hermann (Nebraska).
“Congratulations to Ben for earning this great award and on a terrific college career,” Brateau stated. “When we recruited Ben he was a two-star recruit. For him to finish his career with winning records at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles, just shows you what hard work can do. We will definitely miss his presence next year, but wish him all the best in medical school and beyond.”
Brateanu was recently promoted to head coach of the Utes after serving as an assistant since 2007. Brateanu has helped develop seven all-conference players, including Slim Hamza, Utah’s first All-Pac-12 selection and the 2012 ITA Rookie of the Year. He also assisted in coaching six All-Mountain West Conference players from 2007-2011 including MWC Players of the Year Zach Ganger and Phillip Ellers.
“There are so many great assistant coaches out there, so I’m very honored to have received this award out of the hands of my fellow coaches,” Brateanu stated. “This award is a true testament to the hard work, dedication and performance of our team this year. So I would like to thank FD Robbins, Graeme Cox, our great student-athletes and all the other people who have been involved with our team to make this a successful year. This is as much a recognition of their work, as it is mine. And last, I would like to thank my wife, Astrid, and my family for the sacrifices they make in allowing me to pursue my dreams and goals on the tennis court.”