SPARTANBURG, S.C. (April 19, 2016) – After winning the SoCon regular season championship Saturday, the 52nd-ranked ETSU men’s tennis team was well represented Tuesday when the league office announced the SoCon’s all-conference teams. In total eight members of the team were honored by the SoCon. Headlining the honorees were David Biosca (Player of the Year), Wenceslao Albin (Freshman of the Year) and Yaser Zaatini (Coach of the Year).
Biosca, who also won the league’s Player of the Year last season, became just the third Buc in program history to have won a conference’s Player of the Year award more than once. Biosca joins Enrique Oliveras and current Head Coach Yaser Zaatini to achieve that feat.
“Biosca is a great player, student and leader but most importantly he is a great person,” remarked Zaatini. “He is very deserving of the Player of the Year award.”
Albin went 6-3 in singles and 1-2 in doubles in his first season in the Blue and Gold. Albin joins Oliveras (2006) and Oscar Posada (2004) as the only Bucs to win a league’s Freshman of the Year award.
Zaatini guided the Bucs to their 16th regular season championship in program history this spring after compiling a record of 15-5 overall and 7-0 in conference action. Under Zaatini’s guidance the Bucs have won 12 consecutive matches and all five of their losses have been against ranked opponents. This is the seventh time Zaatini has been named the Coach of the Year.
Joining Biosca, Albin and Zaatini as honorees were Rogerio Ribeiro, Robert Herrera, Diego Nunez, Sebastian Yllera and Ismael Merino. Ribeiro was named to the All-SoCon First Team in singles and doubles when paired with Biosca, while the duo of Herrera and Nunez was also named to the league’s first team in doubles as well.
Both Nunez and Herrera were named to the All-SoCon Second Team playing out of the No. 3 and No. 4 singles slots, respectively. Rounding out the award winners for the Bucs was the duo of Merino and Yllera who were named to conference’s second team in doubles.
Next up for the Bucs will be the conference tournament. The tournament will run from Friday through Sunday at the Champion’s Club in Chattanooga. By virtue of its regular season championship, ETSU will be the No. 1 seed in the eight-team tournament and will open play with a match against No. 8 seed The Citadel at 8:30 a.m. Friday. If the Bucs win the tournament it will be their tenth straight conference tournament championship.
For the complete men’s tennis tournament bracket, click here.
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