Seasiders earn national honors

Seasiders earn national honors

SKILLMAN, NJ – Marietta Tuionetoa was named the 2015 Women's Senior Player of the Year and head coach Dave Porter was the Wilson/ITA Women's Coach of the Year as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday.

Tuionetoa has been named an ITA All-American in doubles in each of the past three seasons. She was also the regional winner of the Arthur Ashe award. Tuionetoa finished the regular season as the No. 7 singles player and No. 22 doubles player in the nation. She was undefeated in singles against Division II opponents and lost just one doubles match. Over the past four years, she has compiled a record of 83-8 in singles and 109-7 in doubles.

Porter has consistently been at the top of collegiate tennis as the winningest active coach. He has amassed the second-best combined record of any NCAA tennis coach at 1,320-172, including a 673-22 women's record. He trails former University of Hawaii head coach Jim Schwitters by seven victories for the most ever as a collegiate tennis coach. Porter has led the Seasiders to 11 National Championships, nine on the women's side alone, and has competed for 14 national championship titles in 16 seasons at the Division II level. This season, he coached his women's team to a 30-1 record and the No. 3 ranking in the nation.

About the ITA Awards program:

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of varsity collegiate tennis players. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions, has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance. Awards are given to both men and women, on the Regional and National levels to all Divisions represented within the ITA (NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, and Community and Junior Colleges). The ITA annually recognizes over 3,000 student-athletes on an individual and team basis from over 500 different varsity tennis programs. More than 300 coaches participate in the award selection process, serving on Regional and/or National selection committees. For more information on the ITA Awards program, please visit http://www.itatennis.com/AboutITA/AbouttheITA.htm.

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