May 13, 2014
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Becker O'Shaughnessey
and Daniil Proskura
were each recipients of Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional awards, which were announced by the organization's office on Tuesday. Proskura repeated as the ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award winner for the southern region and added Senior Player of the Year honors, while O'Shaughnessey was named Player to Watch in the region.
Proskura, a 2014 ITA Doubles All-American, earned a top-eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championship with O'Shaughnessey and was also selected to participate in the 2014 NCAA Singles Championship. He is a two-time Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned 2014 First Team All-SEC honors. Proskura, co-captain of the 2013-14 team, ranked as high as No. 12 nationally in singles and No. 7 nationally in doubles. He is a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Proskura, who holds a 3.875 GPA in finance, made the President's List in three semesters and the Dean's List for five semesters. He was a finalist for Alabama's Paul W. Bryant Award, given out annually to the top scholar-athlete and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Throughout his career, Proskura has steadily moved up the lineup and has played No. 1 singles and doubles as a senior. He led the team in singles victories as a junior and doubles wins as a senior.
"Dani has led our team and set the standard for our program moving forward," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "He's always worked the hardest, and it is great for him to get these honors. I couldn't be more proud of him. He's accomplished everything that he wanted to accomplish here. He made the choice a couple years ago to be successful on and off the court."
O'Shaughnessey, a 2014 ITA Doubles All-American and two-time Second Team All-SEC selection, has ranked as high as No. 51 in singles and No. 7 in doubles as a sophomore. He leads the Crimson Tide with 22 overall singles wins, including 14 at the No. 2 singles position. Partnered with Proskura, the duo beat the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams in the nation in consecutive weeks, helping them earn a top-eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championship. O'Shaughnessey ended the dual-match season with five-consecutive victories, all of which came in straight sets and two against ranked opponents.
"To be recognized in our conference and now on a regional level speaks volumes about Becker," added Husack. "He's made such an impact to our program already, and we are looking forward to his continued growth as a player and leader of this team."
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