TEMPE, Arizona. –The Texas A&M women’s tennis team has won a program record five ITA Texas regional awards in the playoffs, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Monday.
The head coach Marc Weaver won the Wilson ITA Coach of the Year award, while his contemporary Jordan Szabo won ITA Assistant Coach of the Year honors. Graduate Tatyana Makarova was named the region’s Senior ITA Player of the Year and Most Improved Senior ITA, while Junior Carson Branstin locked in ITA Rookie of the Year accolades.
“Coach Szabo and I are extremely happy with our program and everything we’ve accomplished this year,” Weaver said. “We are both honored to be recognized as Texas ITA Region Coaches of the Year. I am very, very lucky to have Jordan working alongside me every day. I also want to congratulate Tatiana and Carson on their awards. as well. Tatiana has grown so much during her time at Texas A&M, and she will be sorely missed. As for Carson, now that she has her first season under her belt, I see her taking her game to another level the next year has been an amazing season for the Aggies, and I couldn’t be prouder of this group.”
Weaver earned the program’s fourth Wilson ITA Coach of the Year honor while booking the second of his A&M career. The seventh-year skipper led the Maroon & White to a program-best 33-2 season in 2022, in addition to the second-deepest NCAA tournament in program history after reaching the national quarterfinals. Weaver became the first Aggie coach to win a conference regular season and a tournament title in the same year, also becoming the first coach to win 30 games in a single season. Weaver was named SEC Coach of the Year earlier this season after the team’s perfect 16-0 run against league foes. The A&M frontman previously won the award after the 2019 Aggies season which featured a Sweet 16 finish in addition to a 24-8 overall record.
Szabo picked up the sixth ITA Assistant Coach of the Year award in program history and second in his career, helping Weaver through A&M’s historic 2022 run. The program’s recruiting coordinator, Szabo was instrumental in creating two of the top two nationally ranked signing classes in 2018 and 2021, culminating in Texas A&M’s record-breaking double game campaign. Since joining the team ahead of the 2018 doubles season, Szabo has amassed an overall record of 108-33 and coached three for a total of six ITA All-America designations.
Makarova became A&M’s ninth Senior ITA Player of the Year and won the program’s inaugural Most Improved Senior ITA Award. The native of Moscow, Russia, amassed an overall record of 32-4 in singles with a 36-7 record in doubles. One of the most productive players in program history, Makarova overcame a 5-10 freshman campaign to finish with the third-most singles wins in Aggie’s record books with 105 total. 111 wins in his five seasons in the Brazos Valley.
Branstine joins legend Aggie Saska Gavrilovska as one of two ITA Rookie of the Year winners in school history. The Orange, Calif., native finished her freshman college season with a 17-win singles effort in the 2022 doubles match season, with 14 ranked wins over that span all atop the singles roster. . Branstine’s 21-3 overall doubles record is the highest single-season doubles winning percentage by Aggie, topping the standings by winning with a clip of .875.
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