2019 USA South Men's Tennis Awards Announced

2019 USA South Men's Tennis Awards Announced

The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2019 All-Conference awards for men's tennis as N.C. Wesleyan College swept the individual awards for the second consecutive season. Roberto Puig was named Player of the Year, Juan Vallejo earned Rookie of the Year and their coach, Albie Brice was named Coach of the Year to round out the individual honors. Also, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team, consisting of one member from each competing school.

All awards are voted on by the men's tennis coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches.

Puig, a sophomore from Malaga, Spain, adds a USA South Player of the Year accolade to his career awards as he was also named Rookie of the Year last spring. Playing at both the number-one and number-two singles positions this season, including matches against three nationally-ranked NCAA DIII teams, Puig has posted a 14-4 overall record with a perfect 5-0 mark versus USA South opposition. Puig is currently the 20th ranked singles player in the ITA Division III Atlantic South Region rankings. At various doubles spots this season, Puig has teamed with two different partners to earn a 12-4 overall record with a 5-0 mark in League action. Puig and his primary doubles partner, Ioannis Brokakis, are currently the fifth ranked doubles team in the ITA Division III Atlantic South Region rankings. For his efforts, Puig earned First Team All-Conference honors for the second consecutive year as well as First Team East Division accolades for the second straight spring. Finally, he collected USA South Player of the Week honors twice this season.

A freshman from Asuncion, Paraguay, Vallejo has compiled a 13-3 overall singles record with a 6-1 mark in USA South playing each of the top four positions. In doubles play, Vallejo has seen time at all three positions while teaming up with seven different partners to compile a 10-2 overall record with a 6-0 mark in League play. For his efforts this season, he collected Honorable Mention East Division honors. Finally, Vallejo was named USA South Rookie of the Week twice this year.

Brice, in his third year as the head coach of N.C. Wesleyan, received his second consecutive USA South Men's Tennis Coach of the Year honor. He has guided the Battling Bishops to a 19-2 overall record and the program's ninth consecutive year with an unblemished Conference record (10-0). N.C. Wesleyan collected its 11th straight League regular season title as the program has now won 110 consecutive matches over USA South opposition. The Battling Bishops are currently ranked 22nd in the latest ITA Division III national rankings and head into the USA South Tournament as the East Division top-seeded team and the ten-time defending champions.

 

Player of the Year Rookie of the Year Coach of the Year

Roberto Puig
N.C. Wesleyan

Juan Vallejo
N.C. Wesleyan

Albie Brice
N.C. Wesleyan


The 2019 USA South Men's Tennis All-Conference Team:

First Team All-Conference
John Mitchell Benton, LaGrange
Giannis Brokakis, N.C. Wesleyan
Tim Hengst, Brevard
Logan Hull, Covenant
Wynn Johnson, Methodist
Tom Mittring , Brevard
Roberto Puig, N.C. Wesleyan

 

First Team East Division Honorable Mention East Division First Team West Division Honorable Mention West Division
Jhonny Acosta, N.C. Wesleyan
Coleman Baker, Methodist
Giannis Brokakis, N.C. Wesleyan
Trent Harner, Methodist
Wynn Johnson, Methodist
Roberto Puig, N.C. Wesleyan
J.D. Telles, N.C. Wesleyan
Abdugani Ganiev, Averett
Juan Vallejo, N.C. Wesleyan
Nicolas Yanes, Averett
John Mitchell Benton, LaGrange
Tyler Frazee, Brevard
Tim Hengst, Brevard
Logan Hull, Covenant
Kyle Kelley, LaGrange
Tom Mittring , Brevard
Will Thompson, LaGrange
Andrew Chitty, Piedmont
Jarrett Gray, Piedmont
Ben Luke, Covenant


All-Sportsmanship
Fabian Howding, Averett
Juan Chavez-Casiano, Berea
Nathan Boepple, Brevard
Ben Luke, Covenant
Phillip Deutsch, Greensboro
Anjala Chandrasoma, Huntingdon
Caleb Edde, LaGrange
Cole Stinson, Maryville
Max Linder, Methodist
Aditya Iyer, N.C. Wesleyan
Tom Hubble, Pfeiffer
Harrison LaBollita, Piedmont
Andrew Anderson, William Peace