247news: Three Vols earn ITA all-American Honors..

247news: Three Vols earn ITA all-American Honors..

 

MTEN 2023-24 All American

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced on Friday that three Vols had been named All-America.

Student-athletes who place in the top 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship, make it to the round of 16 there, or place in the top 20 of the final ITA singles rankings are awarded the ITA’s “All-American” title. Doubles teams that place in the top eight in the NCAA Doubles Championship, make it to the NCAA Doubles Championship quarterfinals, or place in the top ten of the final ITA Doubles rankings are eligible to receive All-America honors.

Monday has qualified for ITA Singles All-America status for the fourth straight year, having finished the year ranked second nationally and amassing a 25-3 singles record during the dual season. At No. 1 singles, he recorded a 24-3 (10-0 SEC) record, which included a 19-2 record against ranked opponents. He was chosen the SEC Player of the Year for the second year in a row thanks to his outstanding play throughout the current season.

On May 2, the Hull, England, native was named the best player in the country, earning the highest singles ranking of his UT career. Until the official rankings were announced later that month, he would remain in that position.

As of Monday, he has a 28-3 career singles record, which ties for the second-best winning % in program history, and a 105-25 career record, which ranks ninth overall in winning percentage (.808). Earlier in the season, the senior achieved his 100th singles victory in his storied career. With 105 victories overall, he now stands 12th in school history.

MTEN Shunsuke Mitsui

“It is an amazing accomplishment for Johannus Monday to be an All-American in singles every year and in doubles twice,” remarked James McKie, associate head coach of Tennessee. “He has contributed a great deal to our initiative, and we are really happy of what he has achieved. We’re excited to watch his professional tennis career progress.”

After a strong year leading Tennessee’s doubles squad, Diaz and Monday were named All-America in doubles.

The pair finished the year at eighth nationally, and they were never placed lower than 10 during the whole dual season. Together, the two had a 17-7 dual doubles record at the end of the year, with 11 wins over opponents who were ranked. At the end of the regular season, Diaz and Monday had a 9-3 record in conference play and were ranked as high as fourth nationally. In doubles matches, Diaz had an overall record of 18-7, but Monday had a 20-7 record.

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“For Angel Diaz to walk out of Tennessee leaving his mark and becoming an All-American is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a coach, knowing where he has come from to where he’s gotten to,” McKie stated. “I’m very happy for him, and we are also very proud of what he’s accomplished in his time at Tennessee.”

Following an outstanding performance to the NCAA Singles Round of 16, Mitsui was named a singles All-American. Playing mostly at the No. 2 singles post, the junior finished the year with a 23-6 record in dual singles matches, nine rated wins, and a 10-2 record in SEC competition.

“Shunsuke Mitsui deserves this award so much,” McKie stated. “He has contributed so much to the program over the course of three years of extremely hard effort. For him and the coaching staff, it will be an incredible experience to see his picture hanging at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.”

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On February 7, the native of Shizuoka, Japan, climbed to the 16th spot nationally, marking the greatest position in his career thus far. This followed an amazing run of 12 consecutive singles victories, a career high, that began in September and continued through the first several weeks of dual singles play. According to the ITA’s end-of-year singles rankings, he finished 30th overall. For his career, Mitsui is presently 92-25 (.786) overall in singles.

The Vols have had at least two players named All-America for six straight seasons, and this is the third season in which three players have done so since 2021.

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