Fredericksburg, Va. – University of Mary Washington junior Moses Hutchison was named as the State College Division Player of the Year, Southern Virginia University freshman Marcos Dias claimed Rookie of the Year, and Averett's Bert Poole gained State Coach of the Year as the 2020 Virginia Sports Information Directors announced the College Division Men's Tennis teams on Friday.
Hutchison finished the spring with a 4-2 mark at one singles, and was named ITA Division III National Player of the Week after topping Kenyon's Jake Zalenski, the sixth ranked player in the nation, 3-6, 7-6, 10-4. He was subsequently named the UMW Male Spring Athlete of the Year and ITA Regional Player to Watch in the Atlantic South. He gained wins over opponents from four nationally-ranked teams, with his only loss coming to a Division II player. He was 6-0 at one doubles with Michael Fleming as well.
Dias finished with a 13-1 overall record at No. 1 singles and 11-4 overall doubles record at No.2 slot for the Knights. His only loss came in championship singles at the ITA Regionals, and he earned key victories over Carnegie Mellon, Swarthmore, and NYU, all at No. 1 singles.
Bert Poole was named Coach of the Year, as he has continued to build Averett into a contender. This season, Averett was off to a 5-0 start before COVID-19 halted the season.
First team honors in singles went to Dias, Hutchison, Scotty Hunter and Dominic Lacombe of Christopher Newport, Canon Secord of Bridgewater, and Harry Shepherd of Washington and Lee.
First team doubles included Matthew and Michael Moody of Hampden-Sydney College, Hutchison and Michael Fleming of Mary Washington, and Kukutla Motlojoa and Danny Blonquist of Southern Virginia.
Second team honors went to Juan Borga and Daniel Christian of the University of Lynchburg, Jorge Figueroa of Averett, Kukutla Motlojoa of Southern Virginia, Grant Sarver of Randolph-Macon College, Mitchell Thomas of Washington and Lee, and Andrew Watson of Mary Washington in singles.
Second team doubles honors went to Daniel Christian and Colton Mullins of the University of Lynchburg, Marcos Dias and Paul Monson of Southern Virginia University, and Harry Shepherd and John Rudden of Washington and Lee University.
VaSID names 44 all-state teams in 23 sports each year, as well as an Academic All-State squad and an all-sports champion in both the University and College Divisions. Membership in VaSID is open to all media relations professionals working at a university or conference in the state of Virginia.
All-State First Team
Matthew Moody/Michael Moody Hampden-Sydney College
Kukutla Motlojoa/Danny Blonquist Southern Virginia University
Marcos Dias Southern Virginia University
Scotty Hunter Christopher Newport University
Moses Hutchison University of Mary Washington
Dominic Lacombe Christopher Newport University
Canon Secord Bridgewater College
Harry Shepherd Washington and Lee University
All-State Second Team
Daniel Christian/Colton Mullins University of Lynchburg
Marcos Dias/Paul Monson Southern Virginia University
Harry Shepherd/John Rudden Washington and Lee University
Juan Borga University of Lynchburg
Daniel Christian University of Lynchburg
Jorge Figueroa Averett University
Kukutla Motlojoa Southern Virginia University
Grant Sarver Randolph-Macon College
Mitchell Thomas Washington and Lee University
Andrew Watson University of Mary Washington