ETSU Claims Six SoCon Postseason Awards
ETSU Claims Six SoCon Postseason Awards
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (April 16, 2019) – In conjunction with the upcoming 2019 Southern Conference Tournament, the league office announced the 2019 SoCon Men’s Tennis Postseason Awards on Tuesday afternoon. The Bucs laid claim to six postseason accolades, featuring four all-conference singles players and one all-conference doubles tandem.

Sergi Fontcuberta (Barcelona, Spain) led the way with two awards, garnering a spot on the Singles First Team All-SoCon and a slot on the Doubles Second Team All-SoCon. The Spain native finished the regular season with a 13-6 mark in singles play, including 10-3 in the number two spot. This is the second consecutive year that the ETSU senior garnered a spot on the All-SoCon First Team in singles play. Fontcuberta earned his doubles recognition after finishing 14-3, including 12-2 when playing with David Gonzalez (Barcelona Spain). Gonzalez joins Fontcuberta on the Second Team in doubles after posting a 12-2 record in the spring. This is the third consecutive season that Gonzalez has been awarded with the Second Team All-SoCon Doubles honor and second consecutive season that he and Fontcuberta took home the recognition.

Frazier Rengifo (Cali, Colombia) joined Fontcuberta on the All-SoCon First Team in singles action, dominating the field for much of the season. Rengifo finished the regular season with a 17-2 record and a 5-1 mark in league play. The Colombia native did most of his damage at the top singles position with a 12-2 record and finished undefeated (5-0) when competing in the two spot. Rengifo also finished 3-1 against ITA Top 125 opponents, falling only to Mercer’s Olivier Stuart.

Yusuf Khamis (Cairo, Egypt) is the first Buc listed on the Singles Second Team All-SoCon, turning in a convincing sophomore campaign in which he finished 17-2 on the year. Khamis was a perfect 7-0 in SoCon action and registered a 15-1 record in the No. 4 singles position. Khamis enters the SoCon Tournament as arguably the hottest player in the league with 13 consecutive singles wins. Khamis also proved to be a pivotal player for the Bucs this season, clinching six of the team’s 17 wins.

Juan Lugo (Maracay, Venezuela) rounds out the award winners for ETSU, earning a spot on the Singles Second Team All-SoCon alongside Khamis. Lugo finished the regular season campaign with a 12-5 mark, primarily competing in the No. 3 slot with an 11-5 record.

2019 SoCon Men’s Tennis Postseason Awards
Player of the Year
Olivier Stuart, Mercer

Freshman of the Year
Kerim Hyatt, Chattanooga

Don Bunch/Buddy Hartsell Sportsmanship Award
Niklas Gerdes, Chattanooga

Coach of the Year
Chuck Merzbacher, Chattanooga

First Team
Singles
Sergi Fontcuberta, ETSU
Frazier Rengifo, ETSU
Ivan Mitric, Furman
Nicolas Guillon, Mercer
Olivier Stuart, Mercer
Niklas Gerdes, Chattanooga

Doubles
Ivan Mitric/Jake Munns, Furman
Nicolas Guillon/Olivier Stuart, Mercer
Kerim Hyatt/Simon Bustamante, Chattanooga

Second Team
Singles
Yusuf Khamis, ETSU
Juan Lugo, ETSU
Drew Singerman, Furman
Nico Grewe, UNCG
Ollie Palmer, UNCG
Rossouw Norval, Samford

Doubles
Sergi Fontcuberta/David Gonzalez, ETSU
Ollie Palmer/Nico Grewe, UNCG
Niklas Gerdes/Tomas Rodriguez, Chattanooga

All-Freshman
Phillip Quinn, The Citadel
David Georgadze, Mercer
Hugh Knapp, UNCG
Kerim Hyatt, Chattanooga
Tomas Rodriguez, Chattanooga
Bryce Keim, Wofford

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