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Irish Programs Earn Numerous ITA Regional Awards

NOTRE DAME, Indiana —  Following a successful season both on and off the court, Notre Dame Men’s and Women’s Tennis programs earned six ITA Division I Regional Awards. No program on either side earned more awards in the Midwest Region than Notre Dame.

The 2020 ITA Division I Regional Awards were named after a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Junior Richard Ciamarra, already named an ITA All-American, earned the ITA Player to Watch Award. Senior Guillermo Cabrera took home the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award, as well as the ITA Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award.

“Congratulations to Guillermo and Richie for distinguishing themselves and winning these prestigious awards,” men’s head coach Ryan Sachire said. “Both guys have contributed so much to our program and to our University throughout their careers, and it’s fantastic to see them get this well-deserved recognition.”

On the men’s side, Notre Dame was the only program to win multiple awards in the Midwest Region. As one of the strongest regions in the country, the Midwest Region boasts five of the top 20 men’s players in the nation. 

On the women’s side, the Irish were the only program to earn three awards in the Midwest Region. After her freshman season, Page Freeman earned the ITA Rookie of the Year award. 

“As a freshman, Page made a significant impact on our program,” women’s head coach Alison Silverio said. “She contributed with her skills and rhythm, but most importantly with her consistent competitive excellence. The future portends well for her and our team.” 

Cameron Corse earned ITA Player to Watch honors after a stellar campaign that saw her win ITA National DI Player of the Week honors for two ranked wins at NC State

“Cam has improved exponentially over the past two seasons and we are confident she will become a top collegiate player,” Silverio said. “Based on her tenacity, relentlessness, and work ethic, this award is well deserved.”

The team also earned an ITA Community Service Award Honorable Mention for their work serving the community.

“Service,” Silverio added, “is a foundational value within our program. We are proud of our team for serving the greater good and representing Notre Dame with the highest integrity.”

As winners of the regional awards, Notre Dame is eligible for the ITA’s national awards, which will be announced next Monday during a special virtual awards ceremony. The awards ceremony can be viewed on the ITA’s social media channels.

Full List of Midwest Regional Award Winners

Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship: Guillermo Cabrera, University of Notre Dame
ITA Rookie of the Year: Cannon Kingsley, Ohio State University
ITA Player to Watch: Richard Ciamarra, University of Notre Dame
ITA Most Improved Senior: Nico Mostardi, Cleveland State University
ITA Senior Player of the Year: Aleks Kovacevic, University of Illinois
ITA Community Service Award: DePaul University
ITA Community Service Award Honorable Mention: Michigan State University
ITA Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award: Guillermo Cabrera, University of Notre Dame

Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship: Mary Lewis, Michigan State University
ITA Rookie of the Year: Page Freeman, University of Notre Dame
ITA Player to Watch: Cameron Corse, University of Notre Dame
ITA Most Improved Senior: Danielle Wolf, Ohio State University
ITA Community Service Award: Michigan State University
ITA Community Service Award Honorable Mention: University of Notre Dame, Cleveland State University, Western Michigan University
ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award: Christina Zordani, University of Wisconsin