May 18, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma men’s tennis program collected three more honors Tuesday as Silviu Tanasoiu was named the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year, senior Blake Boswell was awarded the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship and freshman Costin Paval was announced as the ITA Player to Watch, all in the central region.
The ITA awards each of these and other honors to coaches and players from each of the 12 regions.
In addition to his Arthur Ashe Award, Boswell was also named the central region nominee for the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. The Rafael Osuna Award goes to a men's player who displays sportsmanship, character, excellent academics, and has had outstanding tennis accomplishments.
Tanasoiu is in his fourth season at OU, where he was a former standout tennis player and three-year letterwinner while competing for the Sooners from 2003-2005. This is Tanasoiu’s first national coaching award.
"Silviu is a temendous asset to our program," John Roddick said. "He is a tireless worker and tremendous recruiter."
Paval garnered the ITA Player to Watch Award, which goes to a player who has an outstanding season and is expected to perform at a high level the rest of his or her career. This award’s criteria also includes a player’s sportsmanship and character. Paval was also named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.