RICHMOND, Va. – Anthony Rossi has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Tennis Coach of the Year, while freshman Rayane Stable was selected the league's Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, the conference announced Monday.
Rossi and Stable's honors highlight a robust A-10 awards haul for VCU, the three-time defending league champions. In all, Rossi and five Rams garnered All-Conference honors. Stable, sophomore Inigo Torre Martin, and seniors Philip Mobius and Arvid Noren were named All-Atlantic 10 Conference First Team. Junior Inaki Rivero Crespo earned a Second Team All-Conference award. Torre Martin was also named to the league's All-Academic Team.
It's Rossi's first A-10 Coach of the Year honor. A star collegian at Kentucky, Rossi was elevated to head coach of the VCU men's team this summer following a year as an assistant for the Rams. He led the Rams to a 16-10 mark, as well as a third consecutive A-10 Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.
A native of Muans Sartoux, France, Stable joined the Rams in time for the spring season and crafted a 12-10 mark in singles play, primarily at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. It's the second straight year in which a Ram was named A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer. Torre Martin captured the honor in 2018.
Torre Martin will collect his second career All-Atlantic 10 honor. A Second Team pick in 2018, Torre Martin forged his way to a 26-8 singles record. He was 18-6 in dual play, including 16-4 combined at No. 3 and 4. He also combined with Noren to form a dynamic doubles pairing. Torre Martin and Noren won 22 of their 25 decisions in 2018-19.
Noren's honor is the third All-Conference selection of his career, including his second First Team citation. A native of Malmo, Sweden, Noren was 13-14 in singles play this year, and his 22 doubles victories alongside Torre Martin rank third-best in program single-season history.
Mobius received a First Team nod for the first time in his career following a 14-7 singles campaign. He also captured 17 wins in doubles play.
Rivero Crespo was named Second Team for the third consecutive year. The Mallorca, Spain native anchored the back half of VCU's lineup and finished his junior season with a 17-8 singles mark.