Posted with permission, article and pictures, courtesy of University of Hawaii Manoa
IRVINE, Calif.—The Big West Conference announced its all-conference awards on Wednesday as voted on by the league coaches. University of Hawai’i men’s tennis player Andre Ilagan was named Big West Player of the Year after a standout junior season. Ilagan also earned All-Big West first team honors in both singles and doubles with partner Karl Collins. Joining Ilagan and Collins earning conference awards were UH senior Blaz Seric, who was named to the All-Big West second team in singles and honorable mention with doubles teammate Axel Labrunie, who earned honorable mention honors in singles.
Ilagan is just the second UH player to be named Big West Player of the Year. He joins Jonathan Brooklyn who earned the award in 2014. Ilagan is the third Rainbow Warrior to ever be named conference Player of the Year as Dennis Lajola accomplished the feat in the Western Athletic Conference in 2011. Ilagan like Lajola are the only men’s tennis players to have both conference Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors bestowed upon them. For Ilagan, this is the third time he has been tabbed an all-BWC first teamer and it is his second time earning first team honors in doubles. As a freshman, he tabbed a second-teamer in doubles with partner Lucas Labrunie.