May 16, 2012 By Kate Whitney
By Kate Whitney
FRESNO, Calif. - The 36th-ranked men's tennis team continues to bring home more honors even after the season has finished.
Three Bulldogs picked up regional honors for the Northwest region from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association awards announced on Tuesday: Jay Udwadia was named Head Coach of the Year, Remi Boutillier earned Senior of the Year and sophomore Francis Alcantara was named Player to Watch. The Northwest region includes Stanford, California, Oregon and Washington.
This is one of many awards this trio has earned throughout the season.
Boutillier, who is ranked 27th in singles nationally, also received Western Athletic Conference's Men's Player of the Year and Fresno State's Male Bulldog of the Year. He was named WAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Month in October and November, the WAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week on four occasions this season, first team All-WAC in singles and doubles and to the All-Tournament team at the WAC Championships.
"It's always rewarding to be nominated for such an award, but I'd like to say thank you the Fresno State program which helped me get to where I am," Boutillier said.
Alcantara, who is ranked 43rd in singles, was also named the WAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week twice this season and received first team All-WAC honors in singles and doubles and All-Tournament team at the WAC Championships.
"I'm happy about what we have achieved this season and I plan to keep working hard," Alcantara said.
Udwadia was named WAC Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive time this season. In his eighth season at the helm, he led the Bulldogs to a 20-5 mark, including a 5-0 record against WAC opponents and a highest national ranking of 14th.
The announcement came just days after the Bulldogs competed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament where they fell to No. 27 San Diego, 4-0. Boutillier and Alcantara are still on the hunt for a post season victory. Both `Dogs received bids to the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships that will be held May 22-28 in Athens, Ga. at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
"As nice as it is to be recognized, my focus is still on performing my best at the NCAA Championships," Boutillier said.
Boutillier is a three-year veteran of the Doubles Championships and earned his first bid in singles this season. This is Alcantara's first NCAA appearance in singles and doubles.
"I'm excited for the NCAA Championships because I was lucky enough to get a bid in both singles and doubles for my first one, "Alcantara said. "I'm just going to do my best and enjoy the opportunity." The duo of Boutillier and Alcantara will be joined by fellow Bulldog, 41st-ranked Marianne Jodoin, representing the women's tennis team in the NCAA Singles Championships. Boutillier, Alcantara and Jodoin are only the student-athletes to represent the WAC at the Championships.
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