April 02, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Simon Felix of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) has been named the NAIA Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Felix was selected based on his performances from March 24-30 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group award winners.
Felix, a senior from Geneva, Switzerland, went undefeated on the week in matches against then-No. 16 Northwestern Ohio and NCAA Division II then-No. 8 St. Leo (Fla.). The Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No. 38-rated NAIA singles player knocked off two unranked opponents in Emin Alpan of Northwestern Ohio (6-1, 6-2) and Oskar Nurmio of St. Leo (6-1, 6-1) at the No. 3 singles position. He also teamed up with Deni Zmak for No. 1 doubles wins over the ITA’s No. 7-ranked NAIA doubles tandem of Daniel Rueda and Thommy Johansson (9-7) and the top doubles tandem from St. Leo (8-3).
On the season, Felix owns a 17-3 singles record and a 23-4 doubles mark, as part of the ITA’s top-ranked NAIA duo.
For the complete Men’s Tennis Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Ezequiel Gils, Tennessee Wesleyan; Juan Morales, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Boris Peshev, St. Francis (Ill.); Patricio Esquivel, Concordia (Neb.); Luiz Moura, Missouri Valley; Mensford Owusu, Bethany (Kan.); Logan Bevis, Southwestern (Kan.); Rafael Bulnes, McPherson (Kan.); Ty Butler, Indiana East; Sebastian Marot, Campbellsville (Ky.); Raul Mendez, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Ariez Heshaam, Cumberlands (Ky.); Pablo Borrero, Cumberland (Tenn.); Louis Volclair, Coastal Georgia; Santiago Casucci, Mobile (Ala.); Bobby Brand, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Niklas Kammer, Webber International (Fla.); David Uquillas, Northwood (Fla.); Kristoff Saari, Aquinas (Mich.).
2014 Men’s Tennis Players of the Week
Week 1 (March 19): Andy Struble, Aquinas (Mich.)
Week 2 (March 26): Antonio Manuel Marcelo, Cumberland (Tenn.)
Week 3 (April 2): Simon Felix, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)