Cougars Sweep ITA All-Star Team Awards
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
For the first time in program history, the Columbus State University men’s tennis team collected all three spots on the 2019 Division II Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Collegiate All-Star Team.
After finishing the year as the top-ranked singles player in the nation, KP Pannu earned the singles position on the team while the doubles pairing of Zach Whaanga and Alvaro Regalado picked up the honors for the second consecutive season.
“This is a tremendous recognition for these student-athletes,” commented CSU head coach Evan Isaacs. “All three of these guys have worked their tails off to achieve this and I couldn’t think of a better way for KP and Zach to end their Cougar careers.”
A four-time All-American, Pannu closed out his time at Columbus State with a 79-19 singles record while being named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year twice. This season, he went 23-2 collecting nine wins over nationally ranked opponents on his way to the ITA National Senior Player of the Year award.
Whaanga and Regalado will go down as one of the best doubles team in Columbus State history. In the two seasons teaming up with one another, Whaanga and Regalado went 44-4 to become just the third Cougar doubles team to earn All-American status in consecutive seasons. Over the year, the tandem never dropped from their number one spot in the national rankings going 24-3 with a perfect 8-0 mark in the postseason.
Columbus State is coming off its second straight national championship match appearance after going 28-3. The Cougars also won the PBC regular season and tournament championships for the third consecutive year.