The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2016-17 Division I national award winners on Tuesday, at the 2017 Division I NCAA Tennis Championships in Athens, Georgia, with a pair of Big Ten standouts earning recognition.
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year: Melissa Schaub, The Ohio State University
Schaub led the Buckeyes to a second-consecutive 11-0 record in Big Ten regular season matches to claim the Big Ten regular-season title and won the league tournament for the second year in a row, while outscoring its opponents 73-1 in conference matches. Ohio State earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and reached the national semifinals for the first time in program history. Schaub has five players nationally-ranked in singles, including the nation's No. 1-ranked player in Francesca Di Lorenzo. Schaub has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year for three straight seasons.
ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship: Aslina Chua, Michigan State University
Chua is very involved in community service and can always be found teaching kids how to play tennis. Some of her volunteer activities include RISE (racial relations through sport); Todd Martin Youth Leadership and school readings. After finding herself in and out of the lineup her first two years at Michigan State, Chua earned the No. 1 spot on the team this year and led the Spartans to one of their most successful seasons in program history. Chua has been named to the Dean's List four times and was a 2017 Academic Excellence Gala Honoree.
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