Trio Collect ITA Regional Awards
May 16, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The No. 6 TCU men's tennis team was honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) this week with head coach David Roditi, assistant coach Devin Bowen and junior Cameron Norrie garnering Texas Regional awards.
Roditi earned his second honor this season by being named ITA Texas Region Coach of the year, while Bowen was named ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the second straight year. The No. 1 player in the country, Norrie became the third straight Horned Frog to garner ITA Texas Region Player to Watch.
A former TCU All-American, Roditi has notched 124 victories with 74 of those wins coming over ranked opponents. After starting the 2016-17 season with a 2-2 record and dropping out of the top-50 in the rankings, Roditi has led TCU to victories in 19 of the last 21 matches including wins in the last 16 straight. The Frogs have exceeded expectations as Roditi led the team to back-to-back Big 12 regular season and tournament titles becoming the first coach at TCU to accomplish the feat and the first team in the conference since 2009. With the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Championship, TCU has now been a national seed under Roditi for three straight seasons for the first time in program history.
In just three seasons with the TCU men's tennis program, assistant coach Devin Bowen has been an integral cog in turning around the program and putting them back on top in the collegiate tennis world. Bowen has helped lead the team back to the top-10 for three straight seasons as they currently sit at No. 6. An alumni of TCU, Bowen has helped guide his alma mater to three straight 20-win seasons for the first time since 1990. After a run to the Final Four for the first time since 2001 in 2015, Bowen has been there every step of the way in 2016 and 2017 as the team strung together 17 straight wins in 2016, 16 straight wins in 2017, 31 consecutive victories at home and wins over 36 ranked foes.
Norrie has been nearly unstoppable during his final season at TCU The Auckland, New Zealand native has gone 19-1 in singles action and soared to the No. 1 ranking to become the first player at TCU to accomplish the feat since 1996. Norrie began the season with 10 straight wins and 17 of his 19 victories this season have come over ranked opponents. Even more impressive, 17 of his 19 victories this season have also come in straight sets and all of his matches have been played at the top position. Norrie was the only player in the Big 12 this season to win every singles and doubles match he stepped on the court for during conference action for a perfect 10-0 record. After leading TCU to a sweep of the regular season and tournament Big 12 titles in 2017, Norrie became the first player in conference history to earn back-to-back Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Performer honors.
TCU advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship for the third straight season and will face No. 25 Illinois on Thursday, May 20 at 11 a.m., CT at the Dan Magill Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.
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