May 19, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior Divan Coetzee was named the ITA/Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year for the Mountain Region on Monday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The award is given to the most outstanding senior in each region.
Coetzee, ranked 22nd nationally, has had a monumental senior season. Coetzee broke the UNM single-season win record this year with his 37 singles wins, including 19 in dual match competition at No. 1. He has tied the New Mexico career win record in just three years. Coetzee has a 96-29 career record at UNM, tying him with Pepe Caballero's 96-56 set in 1995-99.
Coetzee's stellar performance this year also earned him the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year award and his third consecutive spot on the all-conference first team.
With the award, Coetzee is now eligible for the national ITA/Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year award which will be announced May 26. He is in competition with the seven other regional winners. Taking the honor from the Northeast Region is 36th-ranked David Lingman (Harvard) while Duke's fifth-ranked Phillip King claimed the award in the Mideast Region. Michael Kogan of Tulane garnered the award for the Southeast Region, third-ranked Jeremy Wurtzman (Ohio State) earned the award for the Midwest Region, Tulsa's Dustin Taylor, ranked 61st, took the award in the Central Region, 44th-ranked William Barker of Rice was the top senior for the South Central Region, and UCLA's seventh-ranked Tobias Clemens won in the West Region.
Coetzee's season is still going, as he will play in the NCAA Singles Championships in Tulsa, Okla. May 26-31. Coetzee has made two prior appearances in the singles tournament, exiting in the first round. His appearance this year is also a record for the most appearances by a Lobo.