Tempe, AZ – Utah’s own Matt Cowley has been named the ITA Mountain Region Most Improved Player. The honor is annual bestowed to a senior in the ITA Mountain Region that has made the biggest improvements over the course of his career.
“Thank you to the coaching staff and our High Performance Team and everyone else who is helped me improve throughout my career,” said Matt Cowley. “I’m proud to be a Ute.”
Cowley joined the Utes in the fall of 2010 as a 4-star recruit. During his freshman year he accumulated a 10-18 record from the #5 singles position. After a two-year LDS mission, Cowley returned to the U for his sophomore year in which he played predominantly at No. 6 singles. During his junior year he earned a 12-19 record from the middle of the line up, but earned an astounding 24-16 record from the No. 1 singles position during his senior year. He earned victories over Naoki Takeda (Arizona), Charles Boyce (LMU), Toby Mitchell (Boise St.), Hayden Sabatka (New Mexico) and Tulsa’s Daniel Santos.
In doubles play, he has been nationally ranked with three different partners and is currently ranked N0. 75 in the country with freshman Dan Little.
“Matt is the rightful recipient of this award,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “He developed better than anyone in the country, which allowed him to be a winner at the top spot for us in both singles and doubles.”
Cowley is the second local recipient to receive the award in two years. Former Ute Ben Tasevac claimed the award in 2014.