2021 Division I Women’s Tennis ITA National Awards

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Wilson ITA Coach of the Year
Howard Joffe | University of Texas

Howard Joffe - Wilson ITA Coach of the Year (Women)

In six seasons at the helm of Texas Women’s Tennis, head coach Howard Joffe has returned the Longhorns to their spot among the nation’s elite programs. Texas has finished each of the last three years in the Top 10 of the final Oracle/ITA national polls, earning a No. 6 ranking in 2018, a No. 9 ranking in 2019, a No. 4 ranking in 2020, and a No. 1 ranking in 2021. 

ITA Assistant Coach of the Year
Taylor Fogleman | University of Texas

Taylor Fogleman - ITA Assistant Coach of the Year (Women)

In Coach Taylor Fogleman’s four years with the Longhorns he has helped the program develop into one of the top teams in the nation. Coach Fogleman played a major role in recruiting the Tennis Recruiting Network’s top recruiting class in 2020. The freshman-heavy Longhorn team blazed its way to the third NCAA title in program history. Texas’s only loss on the season came in the ITA National Team Indoors finals to UNC. The Longhorns were undefeated in conference play and captured the regular season and conference Big 12 Championship title. Fogleman helped three Texas freshman capture ITA All-American honors this year.

ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award
Stephanie Dolehide | Army West Point

Stephanie Dolehide - ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award (Women)

Dolehide, a 2021 First Team All-Patriot League selection and a member of the conference’s Doubles Pair of the Year, has racked up a career record of 34-19 in singles play and a 31-13 mark in doubles in three years as a Black Knight. The recipient of Army West Point’s prestigious Coach K Award has held numerous leadership positions during her time as a cadet and co-founded the organization “Empowered Women Empower All”, which aims to provide inspiration to others via the sharing of stories from leaders.

ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award
Maya Jacobs | Rutgers University

Maya Jacobs - ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award (Women)

Maya Jacobs has been an integral part of the Rutgers women’s tennis program the past four years. Jacobs started her career with the Scarlet Knights playing No. 5 singles, but put in countless hours of work to move up the lineup. She finished her senior season playing at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles.

ITA Rookie of the Year Award
Emma Navarro | University of Virginia

Emma Navarro - ITA Rookie of the Year Award (Women)

Emma began her collegiate career by winning her first 14 collegiate singles matches. Her only loss so far this season was being edged in three sets by 2019 NCAA Singles Champion Estella Perez-Somerriba of Miami. She went 10-1 against ranked opponents this year and was 12-1 in the ACC at the No. 1 slot in a conference that currently holds the top-three spots in the ITA singles rankings. She has notable wins this season against No. 3 Alexa Graham, No. 5 Anna Rogers, and No. 8 Giulia Pairone (all rankings listed are at the time she played them) with three additional top-20 victories against Kenya Jones (13), Kelly Chen (17), and Carolyn Campana (15).

ITA Most Improved Senior Award
Anna Rogers | North Carolina State University

Anna Rogers - ITA Most Improved Senior Award (Women)

Anna Rogers entered NC State in Fall 2016 as a 5-star recruit out of Connecticut. Anna’s rise and drastic improvement throughout her career have mirrored that of the program and she has defined NC State Women’s Tennis for the past several seasons. This rise has culminated with the team peaking at #3 in the national rankings, Anna in singles reaching a high of #5 and #1 in doubles. As a freshman, she started playing #4 singles on a team ranking in the 30-50 range and has grown into not only the program’s 1st ever All American in both singles & doubles, but the ACC’s All time winningest Doubles player.

ITA Senior Player of the Year & National Player of the Year Awards
Estela Perez-Somarriba | University of Miami

Estela Perez-Somarriba - ITA Senior Player of the Year & National Player of the Year Awards (Women)

A fifth-year senior, Perez-Somarriba went 24-3 in her final collegiate campaign, making her one of 14 players in the year-end rankings with at least 24 victories. It is the third straight time Perez-Somarriba sits atop the rankings and, by holding the top spot at the end of the season, she has clinched ITA National Player of the Year accolades. This is the fourth time in the last 16 full seasons a Hurricane has placed first in the final rankings. Megan Bradley did so in 2005, followed by Audra Cohen in both 2006 and 2007. No other school has even had two first-place finishers during that stretch.

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