TEMPE, Ariz. -- Bates senior Josh Quijano was named the ITA Division III Northeast Region Most Improved Senior on Tuesday, capturing his third honor of the postseason.
The honor comes less than a week after Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) was named Second Team All-NESCAC as a singles player by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. He was also named third alternate for this week's NCAA Division III Men's Singles Championship.
The team captain was outstanding throughout his senior season as Bates' No. 1 singles player. He began his college career as the Bobcats' No. 6 singles player and moved up to No. 3 singles before the end of his freshman year, where he remained for the better part of his sophomore and junior seasons.
Quijano moved up to No. 1 singles this year after the graduation of three-time All-American Ben Rosen, and he thrived despite playing against an array of some of the top players in Division III. Between March 2 and April 19, he won 10 matches and lost only once. His victories at No. 1 singles came against such opponents as David Aizengerg of Brandeis, Matt Miles of Mary Wahsington, Jimmy Engelhart of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Tyler Barr of MIT, Alberto De Mendiola of Babson, Scott Altmeyer of Colby, and Noah Farrell of Middlebury. Three of his four losses were decided in third-set tiebreakers.