McKie, Jao and Rey all honored
NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane men’s tennis team continues to reel in the end of the year awards as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its Southern Regional honors. The Green Wave’s James McKie was named Assistant Coach of the Year, while Sebastian Rey earned Senior Player of the Year and Chi-Shan Jao picked up Most Improved honors.
McKie is wrapping up his second year at Tulane in which the Green Wave have accomplished second round appearances in the NCAA Tournament both years. The Olive and Blue continued its growth in 2017 by recording its best season to date in the post-Katrina era, procuring highs in wins with a 19-6 record and reaching a national ranking as high as No. 20.
Under McKie’s tutelage, junior Constantin Schmitz achieved a career high singles ranking of No. 16, while the other three returnees of the singles lineup in Jao, Rey and Tyler Schick all improved their winning percentages from the spring before.
Speaking of Jao, the Most Improved Senior award winner went from 12-8 a year ago to 14-3 this season, which included a team best 12-match win streak heading into conference tournament. In doubles, Jao went 14-5 in dual matches with two ranked wins while partnering with Rey.
Lastly, Rey takes home Senior Player of the Year after saving his best season for last, going 18-10 overall in singles, with a 13-6 mark in dual play. Rey defeated three ranked foes and achieved his first career national singles ranking this season, checking in as high as No. 110.
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year: Matt Roberts, Mississippi State
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year: James McKie, Tulane
ITA Most Improved Player (Senior): Chi-Shan Jao, Tulane
ITA Senior Player of the Year: Sebastian Rey, Tulane
ITA Rookie of the Year: Thibault Cancel, Alabama
ITA Player to Watch: Mazen Osama, Alabama
ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award: Tuki Jacobs, South Alabama
ITA Community Service Award: Samford University