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2014 NAIA Men's Tennis All-America Teams Announced

May 19, 2014
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By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2014 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 runner-up Embry-Riddle (Fla.) led all programs with four players from each team earning All-America honors. Mark Verryth (First Team), Bruno Tiberti (First Team), Matias Hatem (First Team) and Erik Moberg (Second Team) were the Grizzlies’ All-Americans. Verryth was also named the Ward-Ballinger Outstanding Player at the national championship. Deni Zmak (First Team), Jaime Sanchez-Canamares Rios (First Team), Patrick Besch (First Team) and Simon Felix (Second Team) were the All-Americans for the Eagles.

Three Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) players achieved All-America status after the Warhawks fell, 5-1, to eventual national champion Georgia Gwinnett in the semifinals. Fellow semifinalist Vanguard (Calif.) was one of four teams to have two players earn All-America honors.

Five programs—Auburn Montgomery, Embry-Riddle, Georgia Gwinnett, Vanguard and Xavier (La.)—landed multiple players on the first team.

Chase Hodges of Georgia Gwinnett was named the 2014 NAIA Men’s Tennis National Coach of the Year. His Grizzlies defeated Embry-Riddle, 5-1, on Saturday, May 17, to win their first-ever national championship and wrap up Georgia Gwinnett’s sweep of the 2014 NAIA tennis national titles.

2014 NAIA Men's Tennis All-America Teams

First Team

Player School Year Hometown
Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff*^ Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Jr. Barcelona, Spain
Zinelabidine Jouini Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Sr. Tunis, Tunisia
Christian Wickenhauser Concordia (Calif.) Jr. Stuttgart, Germany
Antonio Manuel Marcelo* Cumberland (Tenn.) Jr. Cascais, Portugal
Deni Zmak* Embry-Riddle (Fla.) So. Pula, Croatia
Jaime Sanchez-Canamares Rios^ Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Jr. Albacete, Spain
Patrick Besch*^+ Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Sr. Mainz, Germany
Mark Verryth Georgia Gwinnett So. Queensland, Australia
Bruno Tiberti^+ Georgia Gwinnett Sr. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Matias Hatem Georgia Gwinnett So. Tucuman, Argentina
Edberg Espinosa Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Fr. Margarite, Venezuela
Stefan Kilchhofer* Vanguard (Calif.) So. Basel, Switzerland
Roger Muri*^ Vanguard (Calif.) Jr. Zurich, Switzerland
Tim Goranson*^ Westmont (Calif.) Sr. Falkenberg, Sweden
Kyle Montrel Xavier (La.) So. Atlanta, Ga.
Nikita Soifer* Xavier (La.) Jr. Beer Sheva, Israel

Second Team

Player School Year Hometown
Aaron Hendrick*^ Aquinas (Mich.) Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich.
Vincent Dubosclard Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Fr. Paris, France
Andre De Almeida Borghi Belhaven (Miss.) Sr. San Paulo, Brazil
Manuel Raga Bethany (Kan.) So. Maracay, Venezuela
Louis Volclair Coastal Georgia Sr. Nantes, France
Pablo Borrero Cumberland (Tenn.) So. Pereira, Colombia
Simon Felix^+ Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Sr. Geneva, Switzerland
Erik Moberg Georgia Gwinnett So. Stockholm, Sweden
McKay Inman Hastings (Neb.) Jr. Colorado Springs, Colo.
Kyle Johnson Indiana Wesleyan So. East Moline, Ill.
Fabricio Morales*^+ Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Sr. Cancun, Mexico
Rafael Bulnes* McPherson (Kan.) Jr. Rosmalen, Netherlands
Daniel Rueda* Northwestern Ohio So. Bogota, Colombia
Marco Carvajal* Oklahoma Baptist Jr. Mallorca, Spain
Ezequiel Gils Tennessee Wesleyan Jr. Punta del Este, Uruguay
Julian Ramirez-Luna Warner (Fla.) Sr. Quindio, Armenia

* 2013 NAIA Men's Tennis All-American
^ 2012 NAIA Men's Tennis All-American
+ 2011 NAIA Men's Tennis All-American

Honorable Mention

Player School
Kristoff Saari Aquinas (Mich.)
Nik Artaev Aquinas (Mich.)
Othmane Lalami Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Miguel Grifol Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Nikita Lisov Belhaven (Miss.)
Jefferson Nino Belhaven (Miss.)
Daniel Prado Belhaven (Miss.)
David Mejia Belhaven (Miss.)
Enrico Patriarca Belhaven (Miss.)
Edgardo Tapia Bethany (Kan.)
Logan Palenske Bethel (Kan.)
Alejandro Soriano Campbellsville (Ky.)
Sebastian Marot Campbellsville (Ky.)
Jose Zaatini Coastal Georgia
Ariez Deen Heshaam Cumberlands (Ky.)
Connor Clements Georgia Gwinnett
Tony Kostadinov Georgia Gwinnett
Brandon Dubuque Indiana Wesleyan
Francisco Charters Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Joan-Marc Fajula Rodriguez McPherson (Kan.)
Marcio Dal Pont Mobile (Ala.)
Thommy Johansson Northwestern Ohio
Daniel Aguilera Oklahoma Baptist
Dario Macanovic Oklahoma Baptist
Daymon Johnson Jr. Vanguard (Calif.)
Miguel Saiz-Perez Vanguard (Calif.)
Rodrigo Schaefer Westmont (Calif.)
John Bertram Westmont (Calif.)
Joshua Barnard Westmont (Calif.)