May 14, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Ricky Medinilla, a freshman on the Purdue men's tennis team, has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Ohio Valley Region Rookie Player of the Year. Medinilla is one of 12 regional award winners, along with at-large nominees, that will now be considered for the National Rookie Player of the Year award.
During his freshman campaign as a Boilermaker, Medinilla posted an overall singles record of 23-13 and a 14-9 mark in doubles. After a stellar fall season, he earned a spot among the nation's top-125 singles players, checking in at No. 96 in the ITA's first poll of the spring season. He, along with Szymon Tatarczyk, have been present on the last four doubles rankings and were listed at No. 58 in the May 1 edition.
In the Ohio Valley region, he checked in at No. 11 in the first of two regional rankings released on Jan. 2, with the second rankings due to be released June. 4.
The Mexico City, Mexico, native played a key role as Purdue qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2002. Medinilla was in the doubles and singles lineup in all 25 matches this spring for the Boilermakers, posting a singles mark of 11-10 with action at Nos. 1 (2-3), 2 (8-6) and 3 (1-1). Playing primarily at No. 2 against Big Ten opponents, Medinilla compiled a 7-5 record and was a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection.
In doubles, all but one of his 14 matches were played alongside Tatarczyk. The duo posted an 8-5 record with time split between Nos. 1 and 2. They won their first seven matches of the season, highlighted by a 6-2 upset of Arkansas' then-No. 39 Mike Nott and Manfred Jeske.
During the fall campaign, Medinilla advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships, where he was narrowly defeated by then-No. 1 Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee, a three-time NCAA singles qualifier. He compiled a 12-3 singles record playing in three tournaments. He paired with Tatarczyk (2-2) and Mateus Silva (3-2) in doubles.
In order to be nominated, individuals must have had an outstanding freshman campaign, contributed to their team in the areas of sportsmanship and leadership, nationally or regionally ranked during the season and are expected to be listed in the top 20 in the final regional ranking. The complete list of regional award winners can be found here.