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2015 NAIA Men's Tennis All-America Teams Announced

May 18, 2015
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By: Mike DeVader, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2015 NAIA Men’s Tennis All-America teams Monday. Honorees were selected by the NAIA All-America committee, with 16 student-athletes being named to both the first and second teams.

National champion Georgia Gwinnett and national semifinalist Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) led all programs with four players from each team earning All-America honors. Jordan Cox (First Team), Kevin Konfederak (First Team), Matias Hatem (First Team) and Connor Clements (Second Team) were the Grizzlies’ All-Americans. Cox was also named the Ward-Ballinger Outstanding Player at the national championship. Vincent Dubosclard (First Team), Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff (First Team), Miguel Grifol (Second Team) and Othmane Lalami (Second Team) were the All-Americans for the Warhawks.

Three Vanguard (Calif.) players achieved All-America status after the Lions fell, 5-0, to eventual national runner-up Embry-Riddle (Fla.) in the semifinals. Embry-Riddle was one of four teams to have two players earn First Team All-America honors – Auburn Montgomery, Georgia Gwinnett and Vanguard.

Four additional programs – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Northwestern Ohio, San Diego Christian (Calif.) and Xavier (La.) landed multiple players on either the first or second team.

Chase Hodges of Georgia Gwinnett was named the 2015 NAIA Men’s Tennis National Coach of the Year. His Grizzlies defeated Embry-Riddle, 5-0, on Sunday, May 17, to win their second national championship in-a-row in just Georgia Gwinnett’s second season of NAIA postseason eligibility.

2015 NAIA Men's Tennis All-America Teams

First Team      
Player School Year Hometown
Vincent Dubosclard* Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) So. Paris, France
Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff*^% Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Sr. Barcelona, Spain
Christian Wickenhauser* Concordia (Calif.) Sr. Stuttgart, Germany
Deni Zmak*^ Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Jr. Pula, Croatia
Jaime Sanchez-Canamares Rios% Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Sr. Albacete, Spain
Jordan Cox Georgia Gwinnett So. Sarasota, Fla.
Kevin Konfederak Georgia Gwinnett Fr. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Matias Hatem* Georgia Gwinnett Jr. San Miguel De Tucuman, Argentina
Edberg Espinoza* Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) So. Margarite, Venezuela
Daniel Rueda*^ Northwestern Ohio Jr. Bogota, Columbia
Brendan Aguilar San Diego Christian (Calif.) So. Las Vegas, Nev.
David Veliz Southeastern (Fla.) Jr. Chile
Stefan Kilchhofer*^ Vanguard (Calif.) Jr. Basel, Switzerland
Fabio Silva Vanguard (Calif.) Jr. Dracena, Brazil
Roger Muri*^% Vanguard (Calif.) Sr. Zurich, Switzerland
Kyle Montrel Xavier (La.) Jr. Atlanta, Ga.
       
Second Team      
Player School Year Hometown
Kristoff Saari Aquinas (Mich.) Jr. Rochester, Mich.
Miguel Grifol Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Sr. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Othmane Lalami Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Sr. Casablanca, Morocco
Manuel Raga Bethany (Kan.) Jr. Maracay, Venezuela
Vladyslav Ladygin Campbellsville (Ky.) Fr. Kiev, Ukraine
Connor Clements Georgia Gwinnett So. Charleston, S.C.
Jose Daniele Razo Torres Graceland (Iowa) Jr. Mexico City, Mexico
Denis Porcic Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Fr. Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Rik van Gerwen Northwestern Ohio Jr. Valkenseaard, Netherlands
Alvaro Iturriaga Northwood (Fla.) Sr. Valencia, Spain
Daniel Aguilera Oklahoma Baptist So. Madrid, Spain
Oscar Cornella Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) So. Lleida, Spain
Leonardo Urquidi San Diego Christian (Calif.) So. Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Carl-Philip Lindqvist Westmont (Calif.) Jr. Falkenberg, Sweden
Ricky Keppeler William Carey (Miss.) Sr. Stuttgart, Germany
Nikita Soifer*^ Xavier (La.) Sr. Beer Sheva, Israel
       
* 2014 Men's Tennis All-American      
^ 2013 Men's Tennis All-American      
% 2012 Men's Tennis All-American      
       
Honorable Mention      
Francisco Mendieta Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)    
Jefferson Nino Belhaven (Miss.)    
Michiel Van Den Bogaert Bethany (Kan.)    
Fabio Perasso Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)    
Carlos Becke Embry-Riddle (Fla.)    
Fabian Zierleyn Embry-Riddle (Fla.)    
Lachlan McPhee Georgia Gwinnett    
Daniel Sanchez Grace (Ind.)    
McKay Inman Hastings (Neb.)    
Kyle Johnson Indiana Wesleyan    
Jason Denton Marian (Ind.)    
Joan Marc Fajula-Rodriguez McPherson (Kan.)    
Thommy Johansson Northwestern Ohio    
Luis Romero Oklahoma Baptist    
Maksim Yorsh Reinhardt (Ga.)    
Gelawdiyos Haile Southeastern (Fla.)    
Ezequiel Gils Tennessee Wesleyan    
Theo Baudin William Carey (Miss.)    
Clement Fosse William Carey (Miss.)    
Tushar Mandlekar Xavier (La.)    
Birkir Gunnarsson Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)