Big South Announces 2012 Men's Tennis Honors

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Radford sophomore Nicholas Sayer (Hong Kong) was tabbed the Big South Conference Player of the Year, while UNC Asheville head coach Lise Gregory was tabbed the League's Coach of the Year by the Conference's head coaches, it was announced this evening at the awards ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville, N.C.  Campbell's Adrien Rossignon (Arlon, Belgium) was honored as Freshman of the Year, while the League's sports information directors voted Guy Kubi (Tiberias, Isreal) of Winthrop as the Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Sayer, the 2011 Big South Conference Freshman of the Year, finished the season with a 15-4 overall mark and a 6-1 Conference record to lead Radford at the top singles position.  The four-time Big South Conference Player of the Week is currently ranked 105th in the ITA Singles Rankings.  Sayer has five wins against nationally-ranked players this season, including a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win over No. 9 Jose Hernandez of North Carolina.  Sayer is the first Highlander voted Player of the Year since his brother Martin Sayer in 2009, who is the Conference's all-time winningest player.  Sayer secured five top votes and eight points ahead of Liberty's Siim Tuus who registered five points.

Gregory, in her fifth year at the helm of the Bulldog squad, led her team to a 12-9 overall record and a 5-2 Big South mark.  The 12 victories are the most by a Bulldog men's tennis team since 2005.  This year was the best Conference regular-season finish as the Bulldogs enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed and will play No. 7 Presbyterian College on Thursday, April 19 at 1:30pm.  Gregory notched four first-place votes and eight points, just three points ahead of a three-way tie of Coastal Carolina's Chris Powers, Presbyterian College's Adam Herendeen and Radford's Mike Anderson.  The honor marks her second Big South Coach of the Year plaudit as Gregory was named the Big South Coach of the Year for women's tennis in 2009. 

Rossignon finished the 2012 campaign with a 14-6 overall singles mark and 5-2 in League action.  He earned the Jan. 25 Big South Freshman of the Week award, as he topped No. 47 Max Wennakoski of VCU, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8, to become the first-ever Campbell freshman to knock off a nationally-ranked opponent.  Rossignon also defeated No. 80 Francisco Dias of George Washington on March 17 and No. 88 Rafa Aita of UNC Wilmington on March 28.  The freshman also was ranked No. 125 in the ITA Singles Rankings on Feb. 18.  Rossignon garnered six first-place votes and 13 points, beating out Ernest Alberch of Gardner-Webb with one first-place nod and four points.

Kubi, a business administration major, finished the past two seasons with an 8-5 Conference singles record.  He currently holds a 3.971 GPA and is a three-time Big South Conference Presidential Scholar.  The senior has been named to the Winthrop Dean's List seven times and is a three-time ITA Scholar Athlete.  Kubi received six first-place votes and 17 points ahead of Radford's Randall Carter who received 44 points.

Also announced were the All-Academic Team, the Men's Flight Winners and the All-Conference Singles and Doubles Award winners.  The Big South Conference Men's Tennis Championship begins Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, N.C., with four quarterfinal matches starting at 8:30am.  The semifinals will be played Friday beginning at 10:00am, while the title match is slated for Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm ET.

  

2012 BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE MEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE AND 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