Wilson ITA Coach of the Year
Brian Kalbas | University of North Carolina
Brian Kalbas from the University of North Carolina has been named the 2023 Wilson ITA Head Coach of the Year. Coach Kalbas was behind one of the most monumental seasons in North Carolina women’s tennis history this season, successfully leading his team to the programs first NCAA National Team Championship. Going undefeated in regular season play (27-0), the Tar Heels were crowned ITA National Indoors Champions for the fourth year in a row (’20-’23) and were crowned ACC regular season champions. North Carolina had eight wins in the top-10, 15 wins in top-25, and 22 wins in top-60.
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year
Jordan Szabo | Texas A&M University
Jordan Szabo from Texas A&M University has been named the 2023 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year. Szabo accepted the position of Texas A&M women’s tennis assistant coach in 2017, and has done nothing but aid the program since. In his time as the assistant coach he has been awarded Texas Region Assistant Coach of the year in 2019, Texas Region Assistant Coach of the year in 2022 and ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2022. Texas A&M reached the Quarterfinals of the 2023 NCAA Team Championship and had 11 Top 25 wins this season.
ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship
Natasha Subhash | University of Virginia
Natasha Subhash from the University of Virginia has been named the 2023 ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award winner. From a tennis point of view, Subhash’s accomplishments are numerous. She is a three-time ITA Singles All-American, earning the honor in each of her first three seasons. She was also a doubles All-American in 2021. In 2020, she was named the ITA National Rookie of the Year, managing to make that big of an impact in her COVID-shortened freshman season. She is a two-time ITA Atlantic Region singles champion and has consistently earned places in the field of the ITA All-American and ITA Fall National Championships. In 2023, she was a Semifinalist in the doubles draw at both tournaments. Subhash has been a team captain for two seasons, but has been a leader on and off the court for all four years she has been at Virginia. She leads by example, but she is also empathetic enough to know what others need from her, and she is willing to give it. She has been the ultimate teammate.
ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award
Eryn Cayetano | USC
Eryn Cayetano from the USC has been named the 2023 ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award winner. On the court, Cayetano has been one of the top players in all of college tennis during her career at USC. She was the ITA Fall National Champion in 2022, and ranked No. 1 in singles at end of fall 2022. She has been named both a Singles and Doubles ITA All-American over her career and has played in the top three of the USC lineup her whole career. As a teammate, Cayetano is the leader in drive, work ethic, and sportsmanship. She has the highest character and treats all her opponents, her teammates, coaches, and support staff with respect. She notices when someone is having a hard day and brings them a coffee, writes them a note, or simply offers her time. She’s constantly doing small things to lift up those around her and show care and these are so appreciated by everyone in her circle.
ITA Rookie of the Year
Fangran Tien | UCLA
Fangran Tian from the UCLA has been named the 2023 ITA Rookie of the Year. Posting a 30-7 overall record this season, Tian went 16-2 from the No. 1 singles position in dual-matches for the Bruins. She was a perfect 9-0 in Pac-12 play and finished 17-6 against ranked opponents this season. Both her singles and doubles win totals were team highs. She entered the 2023 NCAA Singles Championship as a 9-16 seed, earning her ITA All-American status. Winning six matches en route to the Championship, Tian didn’t drop a single set over the entire tournament. She is just the second Bruin to win the NCAA Singles Championship joining Keri Phebus who won in 1995.
ITA Most Improved Senior
Anika Yarlagadda | University of North Carolina
Anika Yarlagadda from the University of North Carolina has been named the 2023 ITA Most Improved Senior Award winner. Yarlagadda’s improvement this season was a big part in the Tar Heels success over the entire season. Prior to the 2022-23 season, she had never ranked higher than No. 57 in the ITA Singles Rankings and this season climbed as high as No. 18 in the rankings. After hardly breaking the lineup her first two seasons, Yarlagadda went 29-6 in singles this season and had notable wins over No. 7 Dasha Frayman (Princeton), No. 27 Rebeka Mertena (Tennessee), and No. 54 Julia Adams (UVA) to name a few.
ITA Senior Player of the Year
Chloe Beck | Duke University
Chloe Beck from Duke University has been named the 2023 ITA Senior Player of the Year and ITA National Player of the Year. On the court Beck’s playing record is astonishing. She has a career singles record that has 107 wins and a doubles record that has 113 wins. She reached those plateaus in only 3 1/2 years due to covid. More impressively, Beck has 14 dual match clinching victories and has only lost one dual match at home. In 2023, Beck finished the season with a singles record of 33-5, including a dual-match record of 21-1 from the top spot in the Blue Devils lineup. In doubles, she finished the year 30-5 overall and went 15-2 in dual-matches from the No. 1 spot.
ITA National Player of the Year
Fiona Crawley | University of North Carolina
Fiona Crawley from the University of North Carolina has been named the 2023 ITA National Player of the Year. Beginning in the fall, Crawley went 17-0 across all singles competition and was crowned the ITA All-American Singles Champion and the ITA National Fall Championship Singles Champion. She became just the second Tar Heel to win both championships in the same season, joining Jamie Loeb who did so in 2013. In addition to helping the Tar Heels to their first NCAA National Championship in program history, Crawley also helped North Carolina to an ITA National Team Indoor Championship, and partnered with Carson Tanguilig to win the 2023 NCAA Doubles Championship.