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Matheson and Samaai Garner VaSID All-State Men's Tennis Honors

June 29, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Egon Samaai (pictured) and Sam Matheson have been named to the VaSID Men's Tennis All-State doubles second team, while Matheson was a first team All-VaSID single honoree.

Egon Samaai (pictured) and Sam Matheson have been named to the VaSID Men's Tennis All-State doubles second team, while Matheson was a first team All-VaSID single honoree.

Liberty's Sam Matheson and Egon Samaai both received recognition today when the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) released the 2016 VaSID University Division Men's Tennis All-State teams.

Matheson was one of six players named to VaSID all-state first-team singles listing. Matheson and Samaai were one of three doubles pairs named to the VaSID all-state second-team doubles squad.

Matheson becomes the first player in program history to be named to a VaSID all-state singles team. Matheson and Samaai are the second pair in program history to garner VaSID all-state doubles honors, joining Dillon Segur and Samaai in 2014 (second team).

Individually, Matheson wrapped up his junior season becoming the first player in program history to qualify for the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship. He dropped a 6-1, 6-3 decision to No. 32 Wayne Montgomery of Georgia in the event's first round on May 25 in Tulsa, Okla.

Matheson was the ninth Big South competitor to receive a national bid and the first since Philippe Tsangaridis of Coastal Carolina in 2014.

The junior finished the spring season with an 18-2 overall record, pacing the Big South Conference. He also notched a program-best 28 singles victories between the fall and spring seasons.

Matheson posted the second-best, single-season winning percentage in program history with a 28-6 (.824) overall record. The Liberty junior currently ranks eighth in program history with 50 career wins in two seasons and is also currently second in career winning percentage with a 50-20 (.714) overall mark.

Matheson was named the Big South Men's Tennis Player of the Year on April 13, becoming the first player in program history to achieve this honor. He was also named to the All-Big South Singles first team and All-Big South Doubles first-team listings.

Matheson and Samaai posted a 10-7 doubles record during the spring, competing at the No. 1 doubles slot. The pair posted a 4-3 record in Big South play and earned All-Big South first-team doubles honors this past spring.

After winning its second-consecutive NCAA national championship, Virginia took home two of the top three VaSID all-state honors.

Thai-Son Kwiatkowski was named the VaSID Men's Tennis Player of the Year, while the  Cavaliers' Brian Boland was selected the VaSID Men's Tennis Coach of the Year. Old Dominion's Aziz Kijametovic was tabbed the VaSID Men's Tennis Rookie of the Year.

2016 VaSID University Division Men's Tennis All-State Team

First Team Doubles
Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro, Virginia Tech
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger, Virginia
Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli, Virginia

First Team Singles
Colin Altamirano, Virginia
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Virginia
Sam Matheson, Liberty
Joao Monteiro, Virginia Tech
Adam Moundir, Old Dominion
Ryan Shane, Virginia

Second Team Doubles
Christian Cargill/Scott Huang, William & Mary
Sam Matheson/Egon Samaai, Liberty
Vitor Lima/Daryl Monfils, VCU
Adam Moundir/Aziz Kijametovic, Old Dominion

Second Team Singles
J.C. Aragone, Virginia
Andreas Bjerrehus, Virginia Tech
Aziz Kijametovic, Old Dominion
Daryl Monfils, VCU
Michael Voscek, VCU
Henrik Wiersholm, Virginia

Player of the Year: Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Virginia
Coach of the Year: Brian Boland, Virginia
Rookie of the Year: Aziz Kijametovic, Old Dominion