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2013 NAIA Menís Tennis All-Americans Announced

May 20, 2013
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2013 NAIA Men's Tennis All-Americans. Players were selected by the All-America committee. The list of honorees includes 16 student-athletes on each of the first and second teams, plus 16 honorable mentions.

National champion Embry-Riddle led all schools with four All-Americans. Embry-Riddle’s Deni Zmak, named the Ward-Ballinger Most Outstanding Player following Saturday’s title match, heads the quartet of Eagles All-Americans.

Repeat First Team All-Americans include Aquinas (Mich.) Aaron Hendricks, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff, Embry-Riddle’s Chris Freeman and Patrick Besch, Lindsey Wilson's (Ky.) Fernando Bogajo, William Carey’s (Miss.) Jody Claassen and Xavier (La.) Loci Didavi.

Breaking down the All-Americans by class are led by the juniors with nine, followed by seniors and sophomores tied with eight, while four freshman where named All-Americans.

First Team      
Name School Class Hometown
Aaron Hendrick* Aquinas (Mich.) Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich.
Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff* Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) So. Barcelona, Spain
Tim Hewitt Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Sr. Bournemouth, England
Antonio Manuel Marcelo Cumberland (Tenn.) So. Cascais, Portugal
Patrick Besch* Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Jr. Mainz, Germany
Deni Zmak Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fr. Pula, Croatia
Chris Freeman* Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Sr. Costa Mesa, Calif.
Fernando Bogajo* Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) So. Malaga, Spain
Alvaro Iturriaga Northwood (Fla.) So. Valencia, Spain
Marco Carvajal Oklahoma Baptist So. Mallorca, Spain
Julian Kurz Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Sr. Stuttgart, Germany
Stefan Kilchofer Vanguard (Calif.) Fr. Basel, Switzerland
Roger Muri Vanguard (Calif.) So. Zurich, Switzerland
Tim Goranson Westmont (Calif.) Jr. Falkenberg, Sweden
Jody Claassen* William Carey (Miss.) Jr. Cape Town, South Africa
Loic Didavi* Xavier (La.) Sr. Cotonou, Benin

Second Team      
Name School Class Hometown
Bence Toth Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Sr. Budapest, Hungary
Nikita Lisov Belhaven (Miss.) Jr. Moscow, Russia
Laurentsi Arakhamiya Bethany (Kan.) Jr. Minsk, Belarus
Peter Baca Bethel (Tenn.) So. Slovakia
Alejandro Soriano Campbellsville (Ky.) Fr. Albacete, Spain
Pedro Rodrigues Cumberland (Tenn.) Jr. Batalha, Portugal
Ariez Deen Heshaam Cumberlands (Ky.) Fr. Kuching, Malaysia
Anthony Grasso Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fr. Montelimar, France
Fabricio Morales Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Jr. Cancun, Mexico
Jason Denton Marian (Ind.) Fr. Elkhart, Ind.
Rafael Bulnes McPherson (Kan.) Sr. Moscow, Russia
Daniel Rueda Northwestern Ohio Fr. Bogata, Columbia
David Darling Spring Arbor (Mich.) Sr. Spring Arbor, Mich.
Lucas Larsson Vanguard (Calif.) Sr. Ystad, Sweden
Rodrigo Scchaefer Westmont (Calif.) Jr. Florianopolis, Brazil
Nikita Soifer Xavier (La.) So. Beer Sheva, Israel

Honorable Mention  
Name School
Nik Artaev Aquinas (Mich.)
Miguel Grifol Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Jefferson Nino Belhaven (Miss.)
Michiel Van Den Bogaert Bethany (Kan.)
Marcelo Alecio Bethany (Kan.)
Kyle Johnson Indiana Wesleyan
Tarun Surat Loyola (La.)
Vyacheslav Bukatin McPherson (Kan.)
Gonzalo Garzon Oklahoma Baptist
Diego Gonsalvez Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Marek Ondruj Southwest (N.M.)
Robin Wagner Vanguard (Calif.)
Patrick Frandji Warner (Fla.)
John Bertram Westmont (Calif.)
Marthinius Visser William Carey (Miss.)
Kyle Montrel Xavier (La.)

*2012 First Team All-American