Tennis player Francisco Dias, freshman at George Washington University (GWU), was named both the league’s Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.
Dias is the fifth Colonial to be named Most Outstanding Rookie Performer as he heads to his first-ever NCAA Tournament having won nine of his last 10 matches.
He was the first-ever A-10 men’s tennis student-athlete to earn the distinction of both of the conference’s top honors, after boasting an 18-5 overall record at No. 1 singles and an 11-4 record at No. 1 doubles.
On April 4, Dias was named Atlantic 10 men’s tennis Rookie Performer of the Week after posting 2-0 records at No. 1 singles and doubles. The award marked his fourth honor of the season and the most for any A-10 rookie this year.
Ranked No. 12 in the ITA Atlantic Region, Dias has amassed a No. 1 singles record of 7-2, a No. 1 doubles record of 2-0 and a No. 2 doubles record of 3-3 this season.
Francisco Dias, 20, was born in Lisbon, Portugal, where he has won three national championships and is currently ranked No. 8 in the country. He is the only player in Portugal’s history to have owned four ATP rankings by the age of 17. Dias is currnetly majoring in business administration.
Via GWC Official Athletics website >>