“It’s always a great honor to receive recognition from the ITA and I would like to congratulate Slava and Dan on their respective awards, “said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Our recognitions are a testament to everyone’s hard work and I’m very proud of the team’s efforts.”
Third year head coach Roeland Brateanu was honored as the ITA Wilson Coach of the Year after guiding the Utes to a second-straight winning campaign (17-10) tying last year for the best record since 1988. The Utes finished 6th in the Pac-12 Conference, losing a close battle to USC in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, CA.
It’s the third ITA recognition for Brateanu. He was earlier recognized by the ITA in 2014 as the Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year and received the prestigious Arthur Ashe Leadership Award in 2004.
Sophomore Dan Little was named the 2017 Player to Watch after completing a 13-3 dual record in singles. He topped a pair of nationally ranked Huskies in Mitch Stewart (6-4, 6-1) and Enzo Sommer (6-4, 6-2), as well as nationally ranked Martin Redlicki of No. 5 UCLA
Little also captured 10 victories in doubles play, eight with fellow Brit Joe Woolley and a pair with McGuiness, including a 6-1 victory over UW’s Kawika Lam and Sommer.
Freshman Slava Shainyan was named Rookie of the Year after compiling a 15-3 record in dual matches this season and was a perfect 8-0 in regional competition. In singles play, amongst others, he defeated Gal Hakak of nationally ranked Washington, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.
After another year of progress, the Utes return 5 of 6 starters next season.