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
|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.)|
|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.)|