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Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Smith and Wietoska Receive ITA Regional Awards
Friday 05/14/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - Two members of the Duke men's tennis program were among those honored with regional awards by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, as announced by the organization Monday. Head coach Ramsey Smith was named the ITA Carolina Region Coach of the Year, while Torsten Wietoska was recognized as the ITA Carolina Region Senior of the Year.

Smith earned ITA Region Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his four seasons at the helm of his alma mater after previously being recognized in 2010. This season, he has guided the Blue Devils to a 24-5 record and the program's 21st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Team Championship, including its third consecutive trip to the third round of the tournament. Under Smith's direction, Duke received the No. 8 overall seed in the NCAA Championship, its highest seeding since 2006. The squad also finished tied for second in the final Atlantic Coast Conference regular season standings after matching a school record with a 9-2 ledger in ACC play and advanced to the championship match of the ACC Tournament for the third-straight year.

"I am honored to receive the ITA Coach of the Year award for our region," Smith said. "My assistant, Jonathan Stokke, and our excellent tennis support staff here at Duke deserve a lot of the credit for this award. I am excited and proud that our program is moving in the right direction."

Wietoska joins Phillip King (2004) and Reid Carleton (2011) as the only Blue Devils to be named the ITA Carolina Region Senior of the Year. A native of Leer, Germany, Wietoska owns a record of 25-8 in singles and a 20-8 mark in doubles heading into the third round of the NCAA Championship. He is currently ranked the No. 113 player in the nation in singles and has posted three victories over ranked singles opponents this season, playing primarily at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Wietoska has also teamed with freshman Raphael Hemmeler for a 12-3 mark at the No. 3 doubles position, including a 2-0 record so far in 2012 NCAA Championship contests.

"I am really honored to receive the award," Wietoska said. "We try to improve every year and it shows where we stand as a team ... Personally, it's a great honor, something I'm very proud of. It shows that I was able to help out my team this year."

All regional award winners are eligible for the ITA national awards, which will be announced May 22 on www.itatennis.com.  

Duke returns to action against Baylor in the third round of the 2012 NCAA Div. I Men's Tennis Championship on Friday, May 18 at 9 a.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

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