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Men's Tennis All-SEC Teams announced

146 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: UGA Athletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --  The 2017 men's tennis first and second team All-SEC, All-Freshman team, and the yearly awards have been announced by the conference office. Georgia's Manuel Diaz was named SEC Coach of the Year for the fifth time.

Georgia is currently 18-7 overall and ended the conference season 11-1 and tied with Texas A&M for the SEC Champion. The team also won the SEC Tournament on Sunday with a 4-3 victory over Mississippi State.

Mississippi State's Nuno Borges was named Player of the Year, the third Bulldog to be honored with the award. The sophomore has been ranked in the top 10 the entire spring season and leads the conference with a 19-3 record at the No. 1 spot in singles play. Borges defeated 21 ranked foes in singles action this year, 15 of which came in dual-matches this spring.

Georgia's Nathan Ponwith is the 2017 Freshman of the Year. As UGA's No. 1 singles player, his 12 singles wins in dual-match play is the second-best total on the team and compiled an 8-3 singles record against SEC opponent. He had a team-best six match clinchers.

The 2017 Scholar-Athlete of the Year is Vanderbilt's Vikram Chari. Boasting a 3.9 GPA while majoring in Economics and minoring in Financial Economics, Chari went 6-6 on the season, competing throughout fall tournaments. He has been on the Arts and Science College Dean's List and received the Vice Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award every semester. He attended the London School of Economics last summer and completed course work in Managerial Accounting and Financial Control where he collaborated with peers from around the world to analyze and present on cost structures in the new economy.

A complete list of the awards follows and ties were not broken leading to 15-member All-SEC First-Team and a 14-member All-SEC Second-Team.

First Team All-SEC
Mazen Osama, Alabama
Mike Redlicki, Arkansas
Jose Salazar, Arkansas
Alfredo Perez, Florida
Elliott Orkin, Florida
Nathan Ponwith, Georgia
Jan Zielinski, Georgia
Robert Loeb, Georgia
Wayne Montgomery, Georgia
William Bushamuka, Kentucky
Gustav Hansson, Ole Miss
Nuno Borges, Mississippi State
Harrison O'Keefe, South Carolina
Timo Stodder Tennessee
Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC
Thibault Cancel, Alabama
Max Hinnisdaels, Auburn
Emil Reinberg, Georgia
Beck Pennington, Kentucky
Ryo Matsumura, Kentucky
Jordan Daigle, LSU
Justin Butsch, LSU
Fabian Fallert, Ole Miss
Niclas Braun, Mississippi State
Strahinja Rakic, Mississippi State
Gabriel Friedrich, South Carolina
Valentin Vacherot, Texas A&M
Jordi Arconada, Texas A&M
Cameron Klinger, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman
Thibault Cancel, Alabama
Johannes Ingildsen, Florida
Nathan Ponwith, Georgia
Giovanni Oradini, Mississippi State
Hady Habib, Texas A&M
Valentin Vacherot, Texas A&M

Player of the Year: Nuno Borges, Mississippi State

Freshman of the Year: Nathan Ponwith, Georgia

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Vikram Chari, Vanderbilt

Coach of the Year: Manuel Diaz, Georgia