Osintsev, Dandan And Coach Mills Highlight West Coast Conference Men's Tennis Awards

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SANTA MATEO, Calif. – Just a day after grabbing its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in men's tennis, Santa Clara garnered seven different honors from the West Coast Conference on a vote by the league's coaches. The Broncos' WCC awards were highlighted by Ilya Osintsev winning the WCC Freshman of the Year and Kyle Dandan's All-WCC Singles First Team.

In addition, Bronco head coach Derek Mills was named the Co-Coach of the Year along with WCC champion Pepperdine head coach Adam Steinberg.  Mills led the Broncos to a school-best 21 wins this year and their first-ever NCAA Tournament bid.  Mills is only the second Bronco coach to receive the honor in men's tennis.

Osintsev, Dandan, John Lamble and Tom Pham all picked up numerous awards. In addition to his WCC Freshman of the Year honor, Osintsev also picked up All-WCC Honorable Mention honors in singles and a Second Team All-WCC in doubles.  Osintsev is just the second Bronco to be named WCC Freshman of the Year after Chris Lam picked up the honors in 2002.

In his final season as a Bronco, Dandan continued his phenomenal season by picking up First Team All-WCC singles honors and Honorable Mention in doubles. Santa Clara's No. 1 singles player is currently ranked No. 78 in the ITA, the highest individual ranking for a Santa Clara player.  Dandan was also First Team All-WCC last year.  He is the first player since Lars Nelson in 1999-2000 to be named All-WCC First Team in back-to-back years (only two players in school history). Dandan was Honorable Mention his sophomore year.

Pham, a junior, played as the No. 4 singles player all year. At one point, the junior won 16-straight matches and finished tied for the team's overall win total (23). Pham picked up All-WCC Honorable Mention in both singles and doubles. As a doubles player, Pham and Dandan turned into a formidable No. 2 tandem that helped the Broncos routinely secure the doubles point during dual matches. 

Lamble, a sophomore, had a break-out season for Santa Clara. The Bay Area native played as the Bronco' No. 2 singles player and posted a 23-7 individual record. Lamble strung together six consecutive wins during the month of April. For his outstanding play at the Broncos' No. 2 singles player, Lamble garnered Second Team All-WCC singles accolades.

For most of the season, Lamble and Osintsev teamed up to be the top doubles pair for the Broncos. The Bronco tandem pulled off a major upset in route to their crowning as WCC Doubles Players of the Month for the month of March. The Santa Clara duo upset the country's then-No. 2 team, Alex Llompart and Finn Tearney of Pepperdine. 

The Broncos will make their first postseason debut in the NCAA Tournament against Texas at Stanford University May 12 at 9 am.

 

WCC HONORS

SINGLES – First Team

Finn Tearney, Pepperdine

Georgy Batrakov, BYU

Kyle Dandan, Santa Clara

Nikola Bubnic, San Diego

Patrick Pohlmann, San Diego

Sebastian Fanselow, Pepperdine

 

SINGLES – Second Team

Alex Llompart, Pepperdine

Clarke Spinosa, San Diego

John Lamble, Santa Clara

Maxime Olivan, Saint Mary's

Spencer Smith, BYU

Thai Tu, San Francisco

Honorable Mention: Alvaro Nazal, GON; Geoff Hernandez, POR; Ilya Osintsev, SCU; Michael Hu Kwo, POR; Nicholas Bjerke, LMU; Patrick Kawka, BYU; Thibaut Visy, USD; Tom Pham, SCU

DOUBLES – First Team

Alex Llompart/Finn Tearney, Pepperdine

Jenson Turner/Sebastian Fanselow, Pepperdine

Nikola Bubnic/Thibaut Visy, San Diego

DOUBLES – Second Team

Georgy Batrakov/Patrick Kawka, BYU

Ilya Osintsev/John Lamble, Santa Clara

Nicholas Bjerke/Sebastian Bustamante, Loyola Marymount

Honorable Mention: Alex Ferrero/Michael Hu Kwo, POR; Francis Sargeant/Spencer Smith, BYU; Hugh Clarke/David Sofaer, PEP; Kyle Dandan/Tom Pham, SCU; Scott Sullivan/Zhia Hwa Chong, GON

FYI for NCAA Men's Tennis First Round Action for Santa Clara At Stanford - All seats are general admission. Three-day all-session tickets are $18 (adult) and $12 (student/youth/senior). Single-day tickets are $7 (adult) and $5 (student/youth/senior). All-session tickets are available beginning at noon on Thursday, May 3, by calling 1-800-STANFORD or visiting www.gostanford.com. Single-day tickets can be purchased on the day of competition at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. More information to come.