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2016 NAIA Men's Tennis All-America Teams Announced

May 24, 2016
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By Colbi Howser, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2016 NAIA Men’s Tennis All-America teams Tuesday. 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 led all programs with six players spread across both All-America teams. Jordan Cox, Kevin Konfederak, Matias Hatem and Gilad Berman represented the first team, while Lachlan McPhee and Conner Clements were second team All-Americans. Konfederak was also named the Ward-Ballinger Outstanding Player at the national championship. Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) was second in players represented with five. Vincent Dubosclard (First Team), Francisco Mendieta (First Team), Luis Vivas (Second Team) Birkir Gunnarsson (Second Team) and Matias Destefanis (Second Team) were the All-Americans for the Warhawks.

Three Xavier (La.) players achieved All-America status after the Gold Rush fell, 5-2, in the championship match against the Grizzlies. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) was one of seven teams to fill up the rest of the First Team and were joined by – Bethany (Kan.), Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Martin Methodist (Tenn.), Warner (Fla.), Westmont (Calif.) and William Carey (Miss.).

Five additional programs – Campbellsville (Ky.), Cumberlands (Ky.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Marian (Ind.) and Missouri Valley landed at least one player on the second team.

Chase Hodges of Georgia Gwinnett was named the 2016 NAIA Men’s Tennis National Coach of the Year. His Grizzlies defeated Xavier, 5-2, on Saturday, May 21, to win their third-straight national championship in just Georgia Gwinnett’s third season of NAIA postseason eligibility.

2016 NAIA Men's Tennis All-America Teams

 First Team

Name School
Francisco Mendieta Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Vincent Dubosclard Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Manuel Raga Bethany (Kan.)
Fabio Perasso Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
Kevin Konfederak Georgia Gwinnett 
Jordan Cox Georgia Gwinnett 
Matias Hatem Georgia Gwinnett 
Gilad Berman Georgia Gwinnett 
Denis Porcic Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Jesus Quesada Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Rafael A. Coutinho Warner (Fla.)
Carl-Philip Lindqvist Westmont (Calif.)
Vivien Versier William Carey (Miss.)
Karan Salwan Xavier (La.)
Thomas Setodji Xavier (La.)
Kyle Montrel Xavier (La.)


Second Team

Name School
Ariez Heshaam Cumberlands (Ky.)
Luis Vivas Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Birkir Gunnarsson Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Matias Destefanis Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Juan Mateus Bethany (Kan.)
Vladyslav Ladygin Campbellsville (Ky.)
Alejandro Soriano Campbellsville (Ky.)
Lachlan McPhee Georgia Gwinnett 
Connor Clements Georgia Gwinnett 
Yonas Woldetsadik Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Raul Mendez Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Alonso Tellez Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Jason Denton Marian (Ind.)
Heitor Garcia Missouri Valley 
Francesco Oliva William Carey (Miss.)
Clement Fosse William Carey (Miss.)