FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University sophomore Oshada Wijemanne has been named the 2009 recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Player to Watch award for the NCAA Division II’s Southeast Region.
Wijemanne, a native of Colombo, Sri Lanka, compiled a 15-2 singles mark at the No. 1 position and is ranked ninth nationally. He was 6-1 in the tough PBC and owned a 3-2 mark against nationally ranked opponents, including a regular-season win over the top-ranked singles player in Division II. In doubles play, he was 16-3 at the No. 1 position and is ranked sixth in the latest national rankings. He was 3-2 against nationally ranked doubles teams.
The 17th-ranked Patriot men ended the season 16-6 and made their 13th NCAA National Tournament appearance in the past 15 years.
Emanuel Fraitzl of Barry University earned the Player to Watch national award.
Earlier Wijemanne was named first-team All-Conference for his play in both singles and doubles.