OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s tennis team garnered some more awards Tuesday, as senior Caroline Rohde-Moe was named the ITA Southern Region Most Improved Senior, and associate head coach Jason Ontog was named the Assistant Coach of the Year.
The Most Improved Senior Award was handed out to a player who improved during their career. Rohde-Moe earned All-SEC honors twice and helped lead the Rebels to the NCAA Championships all four years. This past weekend, she helped the Rebels knock off No. 26 Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAAs.
Off the court, Rohde-Moe graduated with honors earning degrees in Managerial Finance and Economics. She received a Taylor Medal, awarded to the top one percent in each school at the University of Mississippi, and was a finalist for the SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
“Caroline has meant so much to this program for the three and half years,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “Winning this award is a reflection of all the hard work she has put in during that time.”
This marks the third consecutive year for Rohde-Moe to earn a regional award, as she was named the Player to Watch in 2012 and received the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award in 2013.
Ontog earned Assistant Coach of the Year honors for the third time in five years, also picking up the award in 2010 and 2012. In six seasons with the Rebels, Ontog has helped elevate the program in the SEC and on a national level. The Rebels have made six consecutive NCAA appearances, including the Sweet Sixteen in 2010. Ontog has helped coach two All-Americans and eight players to 13 All-SEC honors during his career.
“Over the last six years, Jason has turned into one of the premier coaches in college tennis. His knowledge of the game and dedication to the players is second to none,” Beyers said.
As regional winners, Rodhe-Moe and Ontog are among 12 student-athletes from across the country nominated for the national awards, to be announced Tuesday, May 20. A full list of 2014 ITA regional awards winners can be found here.
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