Fresno State men's tennis earned more honors this season from the ITA Regional Awards released Tuesday.
Remi Boutillier and Marianne Jodoin were each named WAC Player of the Year and Jay Udwadia and Simon Thibodeau were named WAC Coach of the Year, respectively.
Remi Boutillier and Jay Udwadia were named WAC Player of the Year and WAC Coach of the Year, respectively.
The Fresno State men's tennis team was named WAC champions on Saturday.
The Fresno State men's tennis team reached its highest team ranking in 12 years.
Fresno State men's tennis anticipates a selection to the NCAA Tournament.
Last updated on May 30, 2012
Jay Udwadia spent eight years as Fresno State's men's tennis coach after taking over for the Bulldogs in November 2004.
At Fresno State, Udwadia instilled a "work-hard, no excuses attitude," that has created excellence on the tennis courts and in the classroom for his teams. The Bulldogs became a team that is mentally prepared and physically conditioned for their opponents and the rigors of college life. Udwadia's work ethic and detailed attention to conditioning was an integral part of his team's success athletically and academically.
Udwadia and the Bulldogs made tremendous strides in eight years. Udwadia led the Bulldogs from a 10-11 record in his first year to six straight winning seasons from 2006-12. In six of the last seven years, Udwadia has led the Bulldogs to the Western Athletic Conference title match and a national ranking as high as No. 14 in 2012. The `Dogs won back-to-back WAC Regular Season Championship Title and the WAC Tournament Title in 2011 and 2012.
In 2012, Udwadia was named WAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year and ITA Northwest Region Coach of the Year. There were many exciting moments throughout the extraordinary season for the `Dogs against top-ranked foes. For the first time in program history the Bulldogs defeated Stanford, 4-3, which catapulted the `Dogs to No. 14 in the national rankings. It marked the team's highest national ranking in 12 years when the Bulldogs were ranked 12th in the nation in 2000.
2012 also brought more honors for the team. Sophomore Francis Alcantara was named ITA Northwest region Player to Watch and senior Remi Boutillier earned Senior of the Year for the ITA Northwest region. Boutillier was also named Fresno State's Male Bulldog of the Year.
In 2012, the `Dogs made their third-straight and 13th overall NCAA Tournament appearance against USD. The Bulldogs fell to the Toreros, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
In 2011, Udwadia was named WAC Coach of the Year. The `Dogs won the WAC Regular Season Title and the WAC Tournament Title and defeated No. 23 Minnesota in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament before falling to No. 14 Cal 4-3 in the 2nd round. Under Udwadia, three Bulldogs have earned WAC Player of the Year, Remi Boutillier, Jakub Cech and Rudolf Siwy.
Boutillier was named the WAC Player of the Year in 2012. He was also named Fresno State's Male Bulldog of the Year, ITA Northwest region's Senior of the Year, Capital One Academic All-America men's at-large second-team and Capital One Academic All-District men's at-large first-team for his 3.87 GPA, WAC Athlete of the Week five times and honored as WAC Athlete of the Month for October and NovemberHe held a career singles record of 99-33 (one win from forth place on the school's all-time singles wins list and a career doubles record of 101-33 (possibly the highest record in program history). Boutiller became the first Bulldog since 2008 to make the Round of 16 at the ITA All-American Tournament, was the only player to compete from the Western Athletic Conference in the prestigious National Indoor Competition in October, clinched the Bulldogs' upset over No. 9 Stanford's by beating No. 37 Ryan Thacher, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5). Boutiller earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Singles Championships, where he made it to the second round and the NCAA Doubles Championships where he fell in the first round with partner Francis Alcantara.
Cech was named the WAC Player of the Year in 2006 and won the prestigious Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northwest Regional and participated in all three major championships of the college tennis season. Cech was the first Bulldog to qualify for the NCAA singles tournament since 2001 and reached a career-high of No. 26 in 2007. Siwy earned the WAC Player of the Year honor in 2008. Siwy was nationally ranked as high as No. 32 and earned an invite to the 2009 NCAA Singles Tournament, where he made it to the second round.
Udwadia guided 12 singles players and 11 doubles tandems to All-WAC honors. Udwadia also vaulted six of his players into the regional top-30 rankings in past seasons. In the Udwadia era, Fresno State was very tough at home in the Wathen Tennis Center. The Bulldogs are 78-14 on their home courts since 2005, with an impeccable 11-1 record in 2010. Since Udwadia took over, the `Dogs have been ranked Top-50 in the ITA National Rankings in six seasons, and in 2012 were ranked as high as 14.
In 2010, the Bulldogs earned a spot in the "Sweet Sixteen" of National Indoors by defeating No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 30 Rice. The Bulldogs continued to shine in 2010 by defeating No. 36 BYU to advance to the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament, before falling to National Champions USC in a closely-contested 4-1 battle.
Udwadia has taught the Bulldogs to be disciplined in the classroom as well. Since Udwadia's arrival, the team has achieved a 3.0 or higher grade point average each year. In 2012 one player was named Capital One Academic All-America men's at-large second-team and Capital One Academic All-District men's at-large first-team for his 3.87 GPA. In 2011, the team attained a 3.4 GPA. Udwadia strives for academics to be a strong tradition in the men's tennis program. His teams typically have the highest team GPA on campus.
In 2010 and 2011, ten members of the team earned Academic All-WAC honors. Udwadia's players have earned a number of other academic awards, including the Fresno State Harold Haak Scholarship and academic all-district accolades from ESPN The Magazine. Udwadia coached the New York Buzz of the World Team Tennis league from 2008-2010. The WTT is a professional tennis league founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King. In 2008 he guided the Buzz to their first and only World Team Tennis title championship. During his time with WTT, Udwadia coached five time grand slam champion, Martina Hingis.
In addition, Udwadia coached the USTA Boys 18's National Team Event, representing the NorCal Section. He has also been instrumental in recruiting top-ranked Californians to Fresno State. Udwadia serves as the Chair of the ITA West Region and is also a member of the NCAA National Operating Committee. He also served as the Tournament Director for the Men's ITA All-American Tournament during the fall season.
Udwadia came to the Bulldogs from Drake, where he was named MVC Coach of the Year for his efforts. He recruited the 2004 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, who also was an All-Conference honoree. In 2004, Udwadia led the team to the 2004 Missouri Valley Conference. Under Udwadia, Drake was very successful academically as three players were honored by the league for their academic achievements. Prior to Drake, Udwadia was the assistant coach at Northwestern for four seasons. While there, he helped lead the Wildcats to a fourth place finish in the Big Ten in 2002 along with a No. 45 national ranking. Northwestern participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and `02 under Udwadia.
Before beginning his career as a college tennis coach, Udwadia spent two years on the ATP Tour, earning 26 ATP doubles points and capturing an ITF doubles title. He competed in tournaments run by the French Tennis Federation, and he played club tennis in Australia.
Udwadia was a four-year letterwinner in the highly-competitive SEC for the University of Arkansas and was team captain in his senior year. He helped lead the Razorbacks to three NCAA tournament appearances and a spot in the Top 25 of the national rankings. He graduated from Arkansas in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
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