Salt Lake City, UT – As it does at the end of every season, the University of Utah men’s tennis team today announced the 2016/2017 team awards. Coach Brateanu and his staff annually award five awards, and the winners are:
MVP: Dan Little
In his second year at Utah, Dan Little ended the year with a 13-3 dual match record from the No. 2 singles position, with ranked wins over UCLA’s Martin Redlick (#60) and Washington’s Mitch Stewart (#100). He added another 9 singles wins in the fall and has now accumulated a total of 44 singles wins in the course of his career at Utah, quickly climbing the career win charts. Little added another 21 wins in doubles over the course of the school year. Last week, the Brit was named the ITA Mountain Region Player to Watch.
Most Improved: Slava Shainyan
Svyatoslav ‘Slava’ Shainyan started the year winning at No. 6 singles and ended the year competing at the Pac-12 Championships with the nation’s best at No. 3 singles. With a 24-8 singles record, the freshman has set the bar very high for what is already a successful career at the University. Shainyan, was also named the ITA Mountain Region Rookie of the Year.
Mr. Reliable: Egbert Weverink
Egbert Weverink transferred after his freshman year from Mississippi State and has made a terrific impact both on and off the court for the Utes this season. In his second year as a team captain, he has led the Utes to a combined 34-20 record, both seasons tying the best combined team record since 1988. Even though he lost his starting position this season, “The Egg” never wavered and continued his positive attitude towards his teammates. He earned an 18-8 singles record on the year, earning a career best win percentage.
Most Inspirational: Santiago Sierra
Hard work, relentless dedication, and team spirit are mantras that come natural to Santiago Sierra. The junior has been part of an amazing revolution at the U over the past three years; from an 11-12 team record his freshman year, to two consecutive record breaking 17-10 records.
This season, Sierra reached the semifinals of the ITA Regional Championships, was named to the Mexican Davis Cup and competed most of the year at No. 3 singles.
Academic Achievement: Egbert Weverink
In true fashion, the captain didn’t only set the example on the tennis court, but also in the class room. Junior Eggy Weverink, a Business major, earned a 3.61 GPA taking upper division courses and is a member of the prestigious Business Scholar Program at the David Eccles School of Business. With an emphasis on experiential learning, Business Scholars work with top faculty members to explore the challenges facing companies in marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, data analytics, and management. As part of the program, Weverink and his peers visited and studied many companies in Rome, Italy in the summer of 2016.