May 21, 2018 - by
Men’s Tennis Takes Home Five ITA Regional Awards

TEMPE, Ariz. – As announced by the ITA Monday morning the Seminoles were winners of five of the seven regional awards. The Seminoles won Coach of the Year, Assistant Coach of the Year, Player to Watch, Most Improved Senior and Senior Player of the year.

Head coach Dwayne Hultquist earned Southeast Region Coach of the year after leading the Seminoles to a historic 28-win season that saw him win FSU’s first ACC Coach of the Year honor. Florida State also earned three All-ACC members as well as school record three individuals to the NCAA Singles Championship.

Associate head coach Ryler DeHeart earned Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors in his second season with the Garnet and Gold. DeHeart was an integral part of the Seminole’s success this season. He helped the Seminoles host their first NCAA Regional since 2009 and assisted in leading them to their winningest season since 1984.

Junior Aziz Dougaz was named ITA Player to Watch. He went 19-6 in singles with a 6-4 record in the ACC and a 6-6 record against nationally ranked opponents. Dougaz became a two-time qualifier for the NCAA Singles Championship and earned his second straight first-team All-ACC honor. Dougaz is currently ranked 25th in the ITA rankings.

Senior Guy Iradukunda earned both the ITA Southeast Most Improved Senior and the Senior Player of the Year Honors. Iradukunda went 25-10 in singles with an 18-6 dual match record including five wins over ranked opponents. He helped defeat No. 1 Wake Forrest with a win over Borna Gojo (ranked 7th in the nation) and defeated No. 28 Johannes Ingildsen of Florida to help the Seminoles win 4-3 over the Gators for the second year in a row. Iradukunda was ranked as high as 8th in singles this season and is currently ranked 44th. He won ACC player of the week once this year and was a part of one ACC Doubles Pair of the Week. He was named to the All-ACC second team for the second straight season and qualified to play in the NCAA Singles Championship this week.

Iradukunda along with redshirt senior Lucas Poullain will begin play in the NCAA Singles Championship starting this Wednesday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

To keep up with the Seminoles, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_MTennis), Facebook (/FSUMTennis), and Instagram @FSU_MTennis).

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