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Four Aggies Garner SEC Honors

April 24, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M sophomores Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team and junior Jeremy Efferding was named to the second team, the conference office announced today. Head coach Steve Denton was named SEC Coach of the Year for his efforts leading the Aggies to the SEC Tournament Championship and second-place regular season finish.

Playing in the nation’s toughest conference, which boasts a national-best seven teams in the Top 25 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national (ITA) rankings, Texas A&M (24-6) finished the regular season 10-2 in the league matches and ranked a season-high No. 8 this week. The Aggies’ 10 conference wins this year were a program-best, eclipsing the tally of the 2001 and 2004 teams, while the 24 dual victories marked the third time a Texas A&M-coached Denton squad has eclipsed the 20-win plateau. The Coach of the Year nod was the third for Denton in his time in College Station after being named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011.

Adams, who played the No. 1 line for the Aggies, went 5-2 in SEC matches this spring and 13-8 in dual matches. The New Braunfels, Texas native is currently ranked No. 19 after ringing up a team-leading eight wins against ranked opponents this spring. Adams was named to the All-SEC second team and All-Freshman team a season ago.

Vinsant finished the season on a 12-match winning streak in singles play and went undefeated at 8-0 in SEC matches. The Keller, Texas native continues to rise in the rankings at No. 22 this week after garnering MVP and SEC-All Tournament team honors for his undefeated play in Nashville last weekend. Vinsant earned All-SEC second team and All-Freshman team recognition last year.

Adams and Vinsant partnered to go 8-1 in doubles action in league play primarily on the second doubles court. The sophomore tandem led the Aggies with 21 wins this spring, tied for 10th most doubles wins in a singles season in program history. The partnership is on a season-best 12-match win streak and ranked No. 68 in the latest ITA doubles rankings.

Efferding went an impressive 7-1 against league opponents this season to earn All-SEC second team honors. The junior tied Vinsant for the team lead with 18 dual wins this spring in singles competition. The Boca Raton, Fla. native teamed with junior Jordan Szabo to finish 18-4 in doubles matches and 7-1 in SEC action. Efferding was named All-SEC first team last season.

The 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Selection Show will be on April 29 at 4 p.m. (CT) and will be broadcast on NCAA.com. The top-16 seeded teams will receive the right to host a regional and the First and Second Rounds at their home site. Texas A&M is No. 8 in the latest ITA rankings.

Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter for information regarding Texas A&M men’s tennis.

 

SEC Men’s Tennis All-SEC Teams

First Team All-SEC

Danill Proskura, Alabama

Florent Diep, Florida

Garrett Brasseaux, Georgia

Austin Smith, Georgia

Nathan Pasha, Georgia

Tom Jomby, Kentucky

Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss

Mikelis Liebietis, Tennessee

Hunter Reese, Tennessee

Harrison Adams, Texas A&M

Shane Vinsant, Texas A&M

Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC

Becker O'Shaughnessey, Alabama

Daniel Cochrane, Auburn

Lukas Ollert, Auburn

Maxx Lipman, Florida  

Gordon Watson, Florida  

Alejandro Gomez, Kentucky

Beck Pennington, Kentucky

Chris Simpson, LSU  

Florian Lakat, Mississippi State

Andrew Adams, South Carolina  

Jeremy Efferding, Texas A&M

Ryan Lipman, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman Team

Nikko Madregallejo, Alabama  

Johan den Toom, Arkansas

Maxx Lipman, Florida

Elliott Orkin, Florida  

Jerry Lopez, Kentucky

Justin Butsch, LSU  

Florian Lakat, Mississippi State

Andrew Schafer, South Carolina

Coach of the Year

Steve Denton, Texas A&M

Player of the Year

Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss

Freshman of the Year

Florian Lakat, Mississippi State

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Daniil Proskura Alabama

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