NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - VCU senior Michal Voscek and Dayton freshman Jordan Benjamin have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Tennis Most Outstanding Performer and Rookie Performer of the Year, which was announced Monday following a vote by the league's 12 head coaches. In the same vote, George Washington's Torrie Browning was named Coach of the Year.
Voscek, a four time all-conference selection, finished his career at VCU with a 79-49 singles record, including a 33-16 mark from the top spot. The senior from Bratislava, Slovakia, also went 13-4 in doubles with year, playing the majority of his matches with partner Catalin Fifea. The three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete was part of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship team as a freshman, and has competed in the A-10 Championship finals each of his four years.
Benjamin, a freshman from Fairport, N.Y., set a new mark for wins in a season for the UD program, finishing with a 14-5 record, including a 12-4 mark at No. 1 singles. The six-time A-10 Rookie of the Week, Benjamin also helped the team to its most wins in more than a decade (16), and helped the Flyers to an appearance in this year's A-10 semifinals. Benjamin was also named the University of Dayton's Rookie of the Year.
Browning took over as interim head coach of both the men's and women's programs in February, leading the Colonials to 14-8 record this season and an Atlantic 10 Championship, the third consecutive title and fifth in the last six years for GW. The Colonials posted a perfect 6-0 mark against conference opponents under Browning's watch this spring.
Joining Voscek on the All-Conference First Team are fellow Rams, Catalin Fifea, Vitor Lima, and Daryl Monfils; Davidson's Shamael Chaudhry, Dayton's Jordan Benjamin and Carsten Fisher; GW's Chris Reynolds, Julius Tverijonas and Danil Zelenkov; Richmond's Jacob Dunbar and Alexandre Felisa; and Saint Louis' David Ferragut. A tie in voting for the final spot resulted in an 13-member team.
The All-Conference Second Team consists of Davidson's Artem Khrapko; Dayton's Zach Berry; Duquesne's Corey Robinson; Fordham's Tomas Cosmai; George Mason's Daniel Gutierrez; GW's Chris Fletcher and Cahit Kapukiran; Richmond's Canyon Teague; St. Bonaventure's Victor Blanco and Eduardo Irizarry; and Saint Joseph's Kyle Chalmers and Andres Urrea.
The All-Academic team, which is voted on by the league's sports information directors, includes Duquesne's Robinson, Mason's Aaron Capitel, Tverijonas and Zelenkov of GW, SJU's Chalmers and VCU's Voscek.