KOSTIN NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR, FOUR RAMS EARN ALL A-10 HONORS

RICHMOND, Va. – Four members of VCU women's tennis earned All-Atlantic 10 honors, the league announced Tuesday afternoon. Head Coach Paul Kostin was also named Coach of the Year for both men's and women's programs.

Junior Anna Rasmussen and freshman Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado were named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team, while sophomore Noumea Witmus and freshman Marina Alcaide Bakkari earned Second Team accolades. 

Rasmussen was a veteran presence for the young Rams, playing exclusively at the No. 1 singles position and collecting a 15-8 record. In doubles play, the Holte, Denmark product played all but two matches at the No. 1 position and notched a stellar record of 16-11. Rasmussen, who was the 2016 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, has been named to the First Team in all three of her seasons at VCU. 

Diaz-Delgado recorded an impressive debut campaign, leading VCU with a 19-9 record in singles, including a 16-5 mark in dual play, primarily at the No. 2 position. She ended the season on a four-match winning streak. The Almeria, Spain product was 12-9 in doubles, including an 11-7 when partnered with Witmus. Diaz-Delgado was named A-10 Rookie of the Week four times. 

Witmus notched a 16-12 record in singles play during her sophomore season, including a 12-8 mark in dual play, where she was primarily deployed at the No. 4 position. She also collected a 14-9 record in doubles play. 

Alcaide Bakkari also completed an impressive rookie campaign, settling into the No. 3 singles role with a 15-12 overall singles record. The Gurb, Spain product led the Rams with a 12-5 record in doubles play, including a dominant 9-3 in dual matches. Alcaide Bakkari and fellow freshmen Sofia Sualehe were the Rams' most successful doubles pair with an 11-4 record.

Kostin was named Coach of the Year after winning the A-10 Championship for the fifth time in six years. Overall, it was the ninth conference championship and 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The Rams finished the year at 17-6, never lost to a conference opponent, and barely dropped a 4-2 loss to Virginia in the NCAA First Round.

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