Ben Wagland is the ITA Southeast Region Rookie of the Year.
May 15, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Two Georgia men’s tennis players have received honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) within the Southeast Region, the organization announced. Sophomore Nathan Pasha was named the region’s Player to Watch, while Ben Wagland was named the Rookie of the Year.
Pasha is 31-13 in singles and 25-10 in doubles entering the NCAA Championships round of 16 this week, coming off first team All-SEC honors for the first time in his career. Ranked No. 47 in singles, he has been as high as No. 19 in 2012-13 and in the fall he reached the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Southeast Regional tournament in Tallahassee. Pasha will compete in both the singles and doubles individual tournaments following the team portion.
Wagland is 25-7 on the season in singles and 35-11 in doubles, ranked No. 33 in singles and No. 5 in doubles. He garnered first team All-SEC honors and was named the Most Valuable Player of last month’s SEC Championships, which the Bulldogs won for the ninth time. He also landed on the SEC’s All-Freshman Team and was twice named the conference’s player of the week this year. He, too, will play in both individual tournaments after the team event concludes, and is a No. 5-8 seed in doubles – securing automatic All-America honors with partner Hernus Pieters. He enters on a six-match winning streak in both singles and doubles.
Georgia has now pulled in three straight Rookie of the Year honors as Pasha won the award in 2012 and Pieters did so in 2011.
The Bulldogs (24-4) are in action this week at the NCAA Championships, set to take on 14th-seeded Oklahoma in round of 16 action on Thurs., May 16 at 10 a.m. ET.