Avila and Vidal named to all-conference teams

2014 All-Conference Carolinas

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Conference Carolinas released its all-conference teams for the 2013-2014 men's tennis season at the league's tennis banquet in Sumter, S.C. on Thursday night, and two King University student-athletes were honored. Rodrigo Avila was named to the conference's first team, while Pablo Vidal earned third team recognition.

Avila earned first team honors for the second consecutive season. The senior has primarily played at the No. 2 position in singles play and carries an overall mark of 18-8, including a 6-2 record in conference play. He has an identical 6-2 mark in conference doubles matches and is 14-8 overall at the top flight on the season. He was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week for the week ending March 3 after going 7-1 in four matches during the period.

At King's annual athletic awards banquet on Tuesday night, he was recognized as King's Male Athlete of the Year for his consistent play. Avila also excels off the court, however. Earlier this month he earned his second consecutive academic all-conference selection in recognition of his outstanding work in the classroom. But Avila's biggest honor came in being named the recipient of the Murphy Osborne Award, which is given to the student-athlete deemed to have the most outstanding accomplishments of the year based on academic and athletic achievement, leadership, service, and community involvement among the ten Conference Carolinas institutions.

Fellow senior Pablo Vidal was named to the third team, marking the first all-conference selection of his career. Vidal has compiled a 13-13 record in singles play this year, spending most of his time at the No. 1 position, and has gone 5-3 against conference opponents. Primarily playing at No. 2 doubles, he is 12-9 on the season but has won six of his eight matchups in conference play. He earned conference Player of the Week honors for the week ending April 23 after a perfect week in both singles and doubles matches.

Vidal has also had an impressive year in the classroom, joining Avila in earning conference academic honors for the second straight season. Both players have been key to King's current nine-match winning streak, its longest since winning 11 consecutive times between May 2011 and March 2012. The Tornado's most recent defeat came at the hands of NCAA Division I opponent UNC Asheville on March 7. King has earned the No. 2 seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament with its 6-2 league record and will begin play at noon on Friday against seventh-seeded Erskine College.

All-Conference First Team:

Loic Minery, Pfeiffer

Matt Finnerty, Mount Olive

Rodrigo Avila, King

Jake McCartney, Barton

Conner McMann, Belmont Abbey

Edgar Bub, Mount Olive

All-Conference Second Team:

Sjors van Eck, North Greenville

Henric Falkenberg, Mount Olive

Wilson Mathewes, Erskine

Stanley Roffe, Mount Olive

Jason Harris, Erskine

Rafael Ruiz, Barton

 

All-Conference Third Team:

Pablo Vidal, King

Antoine Le Dore, Limestone

Axel Woerner, Pfeiffer

Stefano Soares, Limestone

Andres Santiago Robles Camacho, North Greenville

Sebastian Wernecke, Pfeiffer