Thomson named SAC Coach of the Year; four Tornados named All-SAC
Shaeffer and Dixon earn 1st team honors
Rock Hill, S.C. - Brevard College tennis coach Paul Thomson was named South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, conference officials announced Thursday evening. In addition, four Brevard College tennis players were named to the All-SAC team: Lindsay Shaeffer, Kim Dixon, Cole Altizer and Jarred Fisher.
In the school's first official season as SAC members, Thomson has guided the Tornado women's team to a 16-5 record, including six SAC wins in nine tries. Seeded fourth in the Food Lion SAC Tournament, the Tornados face top-seeded Tusculum Friday at 1 p.m. in the tournament Semifinals.
Both Tornado women's netters were named to the All-SAC 1st team. Shaeffer, a sophomore from Perrysburg, Ohio, has a 15-5 record, including a 7-1 mark in SAC play. Dixon, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., is 12-7 overall with a 7-1 mark in SAC matches. Combined, the duo is 17-4 in doubles play and 7-1 in the SAC.
The two Tornado men's players were named 2nd team All-SAC. Altizer, a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C., finished the season 15-5, with a 5-3 SAC mark. With a variety of partners, he went 12-8 in doubles action, winning four of eight SAC matches. Fisher, a sophomore from Prime Rose East, South Africa, checked in with an 11-3 singles record, 4-2 in the SAC. In doubles, he was 13-5, 6-1 SAC.
Carson-Newman College junior Amanda Bartlett and Mars Hill College sophomore Alessandro du Besse claimed the South Atlantic Conference's top tennis awards.
Bartlett (Powder Springs, Ga./Mceachern) went 9-2 overall and was a perfect 8-0 in conference play at No. 1 singles and was named Women's Tennis Player of the Year. She was 7-5 overall in doubles action, including 4-4 in conference play.
Du Besse (Rome, Italy / Sapienza Universitá di Rome) went 12-3 overall and 7-1 in conference play and was named Men's Tennis Player of the Year. In doubles play, he went 11-3 overall and 6-1 in doubles play.
Mars Hill's Erika Pinate (Caracas, Venezuela / St. Thomas de Villanueva) was named Women's Tennis Freshman of the Year. In her first season, playing No. 1 singles, she went 13-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference. In doubles play, she went 12-3 overall and 4-3 in conference matches. .
Lenoir-Rhyne University's John Fichardt (Bloemfontein, South Africa) went 11-8 overall and 5-3 in conference play as a freshman at the number one position and was named the Men's Tennis Freshman of the Year.
Wingate coach Michael Cabana was named Men's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bulldogs to their school's first conference title with an undefeated conference record. Cabana wins this award for the first time in his career.
Elizabeth Sneed from Carson-Newman was named the Scholar-Athlete for women's tennis, while Hunter Beal from Tusculum College received the Scholar-Athlete Award for men's tennis.
Sneed is a junior majoring in accounting and Spanish and carries a 3.96 GPA. She has been a key to the Lady Eagles' success the last two seasons. She went 9-3 in singles play this season and was 10-3 in doubles play. She is a member of Alpha Chi honor society, the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society and the Sigma Delta Pi honor society for Spanish majors. Sneed volunteers weekly at Appalachian Outreach, a shelter for homeless and needy people, where she hands out clothing, toys, food and translates Spanish.
Beal is a senior majoring in Sports Science and has a 3.78 GPA. He went 8-11 in singles play, primarily at the number three position and was 14-7 in doubles competition. Beal is a three-time ITA scholar-athlete, and is a recipient of the NASPE Outstanding Major Award. He is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society and has been nom! ! inated to the Tusculum President's Society. He is also active in community and campus activities, serving as a tutor in area schools, and volunteers with a local soup kitchen, Toys for Children campaign, a local assisted living center and took part in a mission trip to New Orleans to help restore a church.
MEN'S FIRST TEAM
Giuseppe Schwarz, Carson-Newman
Shahin Soltan, Catawba
John Fichardt, Lenoir-Rhyne
Hannes Ganss, Lincoln Memorial
Bastian Guenther, Lincoln Memorial
Alessandro du Besse, Mars Hill
Koeche Smith, Mars Hill
Mitchell Lvovsky, Wingate
MEN'S SECOND TEAM
Jarred Fisher, Brevard
Cole Altizer, Brevard
Matt King, Catawba
Felipe Sobrinho, Newberry
Steven Lin, Tusculum
Henrique Rodrigues, Tusculum
Braeden Patchell, Wingate
Bruno Pudence, Wingate
WOMEN'S FIRST TEAM
Kim Dixon, Brevard
Lindsay Shaeffer, Brevard
Amanda Bartlett, Carson-Newman
Elizabeth Sneed, Carson-Newman
Sophia Lopez Mimendi, Lincoln Memorial
Ann-Sophi Inderherberge, Lincoln Memorial
Erika Pinate, Mars Hill
Jennifer Sparks, Tusculum
WOMEN'S SECOND TEAM
Jen Denyes, Catawba
Kasia Zielinski, Catawba
Kate Meinrs, Lenoir-Rhyne
Patty La Rovere, Mars Hill
Katelyn Doss, Tusculum
Amanda Pike, Tusculum
Hollyn Alberghini, Wingate
Zoe Hartas, Wingate
Kara Stasikelis, Wingate
From Mars Hill
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Daryl Van Vuuren
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