April 16, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Patrick Besch of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) has been named the NAIA Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Besch was selected based on his performances from April 7-13 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group award winners.
Besch, a senior from Mainz, Germany, went 6-0 to help the top-ranked Eagles to a 3-0 week. Against Southeastern (Fla.), Besch and partner Jaime Sanchez-Canamares Rios earned a win in their first match of the year at No. 1 doubles (8-4). The tandem also recorded wins at No. 2 doubles against NCAA Division II Florida Southern (8-5) and then-No. 17 Warner (Fla.) (8-0). For the week, Besch went 3-0 in singles play with convincing wins at the No. 3 position against Jordan Harris of Southeastern (6-1, 6-2), Nathan Leavitt of Florida Southern (6-3, 6-1) and a hard-fought victory over Juan Espinel of Warner (6-3, 6-4) to wrap up the Eagles’ regular season and clinch the program’s 10th-straight The Sun Conference regular-season title.
For the year, Besch is 14-5 in singles play and owns a 16-2 doubles record.
For the complete Men’s Tennis Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Drew Morris, Missouri Baptist; Caleb Friddell, Milligan (Tenn.); Caio Barros, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Boris Peshev, St. Francis (Ill.); Leonard Mathews, Indiana Wesleyan; Balazs Pirot, Goshen (Ind.); Matt Kempf, Bethel (Ind.); McKay Inman, Hastings (Neb.); Tushar Mandlekar, Xavier (La.); Manuel Raga, Bethany (Kan.); Rafael Bulnes, McPherson (Kan.); Deuce Gibson, Asbury (Ky.); Gustavo Carvalho, Brescia (Ky.); Jonathan James, Indiana Southeast; Jacob Thompson, Indiana East; Ariez Heshaam, Cumberlands (Ky.); Fabricio Morales, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Diogo Soares, Cumberland (Tenn.); Marcio Dal Pont, Mobile (Ala.); Jose Zaatini, Coastal Georgia; Jefferson Nino, Belhaven (Miss.); Patrick Frandji, Warner (Fla.); Juan Bravo, St. Thomas (Fla.); David Uquillas, Northwood (Fla.); Fisher Sutherland, Aquinas (Mich.); Jordan Parker, Davenport (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.)
Week 4 (April 9): Joshua Barnard, Westmont (Calif.)
Week 5 (April 16): Patrick Besch, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)