Men's Tennis All-Conference Awards Announced
May 3, 2012
IRVING, Texas - The 2012 Men's Tennis All-Conference USA first and second singles and doubles teams were announced Thursday, along with the specialty award winners. Conference champion Tulsa led the way with four All-Conference singles selections and one doubles squad earning recognition. Memphis followed with three singles honorees and two doubles pairs.
Memphis head coach Paul Goebel was voted the Coach of the Year after guiding his team to an overall record of 19-5 and a runner-up finish at the Conference USA Championship. He has also led the 32nd-ranked Tigers to their first NCAA Championship appearance. Memphis has played 12 matches against ranked opponents this season, recording a 7-5 record. All 12 matches were on the road or at neutral sites. The Tigers' .792 winning percentage is the program's highest since 1979, when the team posted a 22-2 record and .917 winning percentage.
For second consecutive year and sixth time in seven seasons, The University of Tulsa has claimed C-USA Men's Tennis Player of the Year accolades. Senior Ashley Watling is this year's honoree as he recorded a 17-5 singles record and a 17-6 doubles mark this spring. The three-time All-C-USA first team selection owns a 12-1 record at No. 3 singles, and he has played at No. 1 doubles all year. The Epswich, England native was also named to the All-C-USA Doubles First Team with partner Clifford Marsland. The duo forms the nation's 10th-best double team while Watling is currently the highest-ranked singles player in C-USA at No. 88. He is also the only three-time recipient of the C-USA Athlete of the Week award.
Watling, Marsland, sophomores Japie De Klerk and Grant Ive make up Tulsa's all-conference singles first team honorees. Marsland and De Klerk repeat their accolades from a year ago, while Ive makes his first appearance on an All-C-USA list.
After being the lone player to win three singles matches during the 2012 C-USA Championship, Ive was named C-Outstanding Singles Player of the Championship. The Ashton, South Africa native clinched the title for the Golden Hurricane when he defeated Memphis' Connor Glennon in straight sets.
Ive also teamed up with freshman Alejandro Espejo to be awarded C-USA's Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship. The duo comprised the only doubles team to post a perfect 2-0 mark during championship week. Tulsa and UCF split singles matches in the quarterfinals, but the Golden Hurricane advanced after winning the doubles point, led by De Klerk and Espejo defeating Juan Bolona and Matthew Gladstone, 8-1. They also downed the Memphis' Leon Nasemann and Johnny Grimal, 8-4, in the championship match. The pair was first off the court in both doubles matches from the third position.
The Golden Hurricane (18-8) is set to participate in their seventh-straight and 14th overall NCAA Championship after earning the league's automatic berth by winning their sixth overall C-USA Tournament title last week.
Connor Glennon of Memphis and SMU's Arturs Kazijevs become their program's first C-USA Freshmen of the Year award winners after the duo tied for the yearly honor. Glennon was also voted to the All-C-USA Singles and Doubles first teams while Kazijevs was named to the all-conference singles second team.
Glennon finished his freshman campaign with a 17-5 record, playing primarily at No. 4 singles, and a 13-5 mark at No. 2 doubles. He appeared in the ITA rankings three times with his highest mark coming at No. 91. Kazijevs played primarily in the No. 3 position recording a 10-3 record, while going 12-6 overall. His 12 singles wins was tied for the most on the team.
The entire All-Conference USA selections and Specialty Award Winners can be seen below:
All-Conference USA Singles First Team
All-Conference USA Singles Second Team
All-Conference USA Doubles First Team
All-Conference USA Doubles Second Team
Coach of the Year: Paul Goebel, Memphis