SPARTANBURG, S.C. (April 22, 2021) – In conjunction with the upcoming 2021 Southern Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament, the league office has announced the postseason awards on Thursday afternoon. The Bucs strong conference campaign was recognized on Thursday as the Bucs earned nine postseason accolades, highlighted by Dimitri Badra (Maracay, Venezuela) who accomplished something only one other person had done in league history. Badra was tabbed the SoCon Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year, joining UNCG’s Orcun Seyrek (2009) as the only other player to do so.
ETSU also earned three singles honors, one doubles all-conference tandem and three members to the All-Freshman Team.
Badra, the SoCon Freshman and Player of the Year, also appeared on the Singles First Team as well as the Doubles Second Team and the SoCon All-Freshman squad. The Venezuela native finished the year 13-4 in singles play, including 10-2 in the top singles position. Badra also finished 13-4 in doubles action, including 11-1 alongside playing partner Miguel Este (Caracas, Venezuela). Este and Badra earned Doubles Second Team All-SoCon, finishing 6-0 as a tandem against SoCon competitors. Este finished 13-2 overall in doubles play, primarily doing his damage with Badra in the No. 3 position.
Joining Badra on the Singles First Team is Frazier Rengifo (Cali, Colombia) who concluded the spring season with an 11-6 mark, including 10-3 at the No. 2 position. The Colombia native finished 5-1 against SoCon opponents this spring. This is the second time that Rengifo has appeared on the First Team All-SoCon.
The final singles honoree is Juan Lugo (Maracay, Venezuela) as he appeared on the Singles Second Team All-SoCon. The veteran competitor finished 7-5 in singles matches this year, most importantly posting a perfect 5-0 mark in league matches. The Venezuela native is 7-2 in his last 10 matches (one unfinished) heading into the SoCon Tournament tomorrow in Alabama.
Thiago Pernas (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Juan Sebastian Zabala (Guayaquil, Ecuador) join Badra on the All-Freshman squad. Pernas concluded the regular season with an even 8-8 singles record, including 5-2 in the No. 4 position. Pernas also capped off the year with a 10-7 doubles record. Zabala finished 6-4 in singles play, emerging as a solid No. 5 option with a 4-3 record when playing in the five hole. The Ecuador native also finished 7-7 in doubles matches on the year.
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