Esteban wins Maverick Award, Arovin named tennis team MVP

Esteban wins Maverick Award, Arovin named tennis team MVP

By Rob Schabert, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman Alberto Esteban received the Johnny Donnelly Maverick Award and sophomore Alex Arovin was named the team's Most Valuable Player as the Tennessee Tech tennis team gathered recently for it's annual post-season awards picnic. Head coach Kenny Doyle announced the award winners.

John and Marty Donnelly, who established the Maverick Award in 1999, presented the award named in memory of their late son, Tech Sports Hall of Fame member Johnny Donnelly.

"The Maverick Award is given for determination," said John Donnelly. "It's an honor and privelege this year to present the award to Alberto."

A first-year player from Madrid, Spain, Esteban played in the No. 2 singles position for the Golden Eagles and at No. 1 in doubles alongside Arovin. In singles action, he went 7-7 during the fall tournament season, then produced an 8-7 record in the spring dual match schedule, including an impressive 6-2 mark in Ohio Valley Conference matches. In double play, he was 5-2 against the OVC and went 11-12 overall. He was named first-team all-OVC in his rookie season.

Arovin (left) won the MVP Award after posting a 22-10 record in singles play and winning a combined 35 matches (singles and doubles). A first-year Golden Eagle who transferred to Tech from Oklahoma State, Arovin was 15-3 in singles matches during the dual match season including an 8-1 record in OVC play, earning first-team all-OVC honors in his debut. He went 15-2 at the No. 1 singles position. At No. 1 doubles, he produced a 13-11 record including a 5-2 record against the league

Doyle also recognized the team's only outgoing senior, Vasily Eremeev, a four-year player from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, who received a photo plaque in recogntion of his Golden Eagle experience. Eremeev wrapped up play as a Golden Eagle with 47 career wins in singles play and 48 doubles victories, giving him 95 combined victories.

In Photos

Top right: Alberto Esteban receives the Donnelly Maverick Award from head coach Kenny Doyle (left), along with presenters John and Marty Donnelly.

Left:Alex Arovin receives the team's MVP Award from coach Kenny Doyle

Bottom: Senior Vasily Eremeev accepts his senior Photo Plaque from head coach Kenny Doyle