Siim Tuus and Giancarlo Lemmi headline the Flames' Big South awards for the second straight season.
Siim Tuus and Giancarlo Lemmi have both received Big South All-Conference recognition, as announced by the Big South this evening. The conference's tennis teams are currently in Asheville, N.C., as the season's award winners are being honored at the year-end banquet. Awards are voted on by Big South tennis coaches. Competition for the 2012 Big South Men's Tennis Championship begins tomorrow.
Tuus was named All-Conference Singles for the third-consecutive year, while also earning All-Conference Doubles honors for the first time in his career with partner Lemmi. With the recognitions, Tuus becomes the first Liberty men's tennis player to be named to both all-conference teams since Ricardo Shinozaki in 2001. Tuus completed the regular season with a 14-6 mark in singles play, with a 4-2 record in conference action, playing at No. 1. In his latest match, he knocked off Radford's No. 105 Nicholas Sayer, who earned the conference's Player of the Year honors. Tuus finished second in the voting.
In doubles, Tuus and Lemmi produced an 11-4 overall record, and a 4-2 mark in Big South matches, all in the No. 1 slot. At one point in the season, the experienced duo won seven straight matches to help Liberty secure the doubles point in each contest. Lemmi earns all-conference doubles recognition for the second time in his career, as he was named to the listing in 2010 with partner Chad Simpson. Lemmi is just the second Flame to be named all-conference doubles on two occasions. Shinozaki was named to the teams in 2001 and 2003.
Lemmi was also selected to the conference's All-Academic Team. This is his second straight year on the scholastic list, making him the fourth Flame to be placed on the listing more than once. Lemmi holds a 3.87 cumulative GPA and will earn his degree in kinesiology: health & physical education. He is a three-time member of the Big South's Presidential Honor Roll.
In addition to the voted awards, two of Liberty's student-athletes were declared flight winners in singles play. Senior Mandeep Yadav recorded an 8-1 record overall in the regular season, going 4-1 in conference matches at the No. 5 slot. Meanwhile, freshman Jorge Azuero went 9-1 overall and posted a 4-0 record in the No. 6 position.
As previously mentioned, Radford's Sayer claimed Player of the Year honors. Campbell's Adrien Rossignon was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year, while Winthrop's Guy Kubi was named as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year to round out student-athlete awards.
UNC Asheville's Lise Gregory claimed the Coach of the Year award, as voted by her peers. The Bulldogs went 12-9 this season and 5-2 in conference play to grab the No. 2 seed this week. The 12 wins by UNC Asheville are the most for the program since 2005, as they earned their best regular-season finish in the Big South.
Liberty will begin championship play Thursday, no earlier than 3:30 p.m. against No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina.
2012 Big South Conference Men's Tennis Award Winners
All-Academic Team David Clavera, Campbell Randall Carter, Radford Thomas Rees, UNC Asheville Guy Kubi, Winthrop Ryan Walters, Presbyterian College Giancarlo Lemmi, Liberty Danny Heidecker, Coastal Carolina Roman Piftor, Gardner-Webb
Men's Tennis Flight Winners No. 1 Singles – Nicholas Sayer, Radford No. 2 Singles – Fernando Guillen, Campbell No. 3 Singles – Stijn Meulemans, Radford Yuta Hirokawa, Winthrop No. 4 Singles – Matias Di Pasquale, Coastal Carolina No. 5 Singles – Joe Mills, Radford Mandeep Yadav, Liberty No. 6 Singles – Jorge Azuero, Liberty
No. 1 Doubles – Jonas Brobeck/Matt Waissen, UNC Asheville No. 2 Doubles – Adrien Langeard/Thomas Rees, UNC Asheville No. 3 Doubles – Pete Conaty/John Schubel, UNC Asheville
All-Conference Singles Nicholas Sayer, Radford Yusuke Kusuda, Coastal Carolina Stijn Meulemans, Radford Adrien Langeard, UNC Asheville Grayson Mills, Presbyterian College Igor Ogrizek, Radford Siim Tuus, Liberty Thomas Dehaen, Radford
All-Conference Doubles Jonas Brobeck/Matt Waissen, UNC Asheville Nicholas Sayer/Thomas Dehaen, Radford Giancarlo Lemmi/Siim Tuus, Liberty Igor Ogrizek/Stijn Meulemans, Radford
Player of the Year Nicholas Sayer, Radford
Freshman of the Year Adrien Rossignon, Campbell
Scholar Athlete of the Year Guy Kubi, Winthrop
Coach of the Year Lise Gregory, UNC Asheville
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