Thursday, April 18, 2013
MACON, Ga. – For the first time in program history, USC Upstate earned the Atlantic Sun Men’s Tennis Player of the Year accolade as Matthias Kidler landed the honor. Kidler finished the season with a 15-4 overall singles record including a 7-0 mark at No. 1 singles in conference play.
Stetson’s Simon Julin captured the A-Sun Freshman of the Year award as the Stockholm, Sweden native posted the best overall singles winning percentage (15-2) in the conference. Julin is the second Hatter to earn the honor in program history as he added a 6-2 mark in league singles play.
For the fourth time in his career, North Florida’s Moritz Buerchner received First Team All-Conference honors. Teamming with his doubles partner, Norbert Nemcsek, the duo are ranked No. 16 in the ITA rankings. Buerchner posted a 13-3 record at No. 1 doubles this season.
ETSU’s doubles duo Jesus Bandres and Rogerio Ribeiro both earned spots on the first team. Bandres, a three-time selection, finished 12-3 at No. 1 singles including 6-1 in A-Sun play, while the duo recorded a 7-0 mark in A-Sun doubles play. Ribeiro went 7-0 at No. 2 singles in league action to earn his second all-conference nod.
Sophomore Jordi Vives became the first-ever FGCU Eagle to land on the A-Sun First Team All-Conference as the Barcelona, Spain native tallied a 6-1 record at No. 1 singles in conference play and went 12-4 overall for the year.
With 16 singles victories this season, North Florida’s Julien Belair led the conference in overall singles wins to earn a first-team selection. Belair posted a perfect 8-0 mark in A-Sun singles play and enter the 2013 A-Sun Men’s Tennis Championship on a 13-match winning streak.
Completing the A-Sun First Team All-Conference is North Florida senior Daniel Sotomarino. Playing with Nemcsek in doubles, Sotomarino posted a 10-2 record in doubles play with a 6-1 mark in A-Sun matches. For Sotomarino, it marks his third A-Sun All-Conference honor and second-straight first team nod.
North Florida Head Coach Adam Schaechterle was tabbed the 2013 A-Sun Coach of the Year after an 8-0 record in conference play. It marks the first of his career and second for the Ospreys in the past three seasons.
The 2013 Atlantic Sun Men’s Tennis Championship is scheduled to get underway on Friday, April 19th with two matches in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.