STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State sophomore George Coupland has been honored by the Southeastern Conference, as he was selected as a member of the second team All-SEC, announced by the league office today.
“Very happy for George (Coupland) and he’s been a big part of this team this season,” said head coach Per Nilsson. “He played solid in conference play and picked up some key victories this year, but hopefully this is just a stepping stone for a great career.”
Coupland stands 82nd nationally in singles and is 28th in the country in doubles along with teammate Artem Ilyushin. In singles Coupland has compiled a 20-17 record this season, while notching nine dual match wins and went .500 in league play this year with a 5-5 record. In doubles, the sophomore who hails from Hatfield, England, totaled a second-best on the team 20 wins, 12 of which came during dual match action and was an impressive 7-3 in conference play, while playing the whole season at the No. 1 position for MSU.
Coupland has posted nine wins over ranked opponents this season, including a career-best win over 26th-ranked Boris Conkic of Tennessee. Coupland was also the Bulldogs’ match-clinching point in its recent first round upset over No. 32 Vanderbilt in the 2010 SEC Tournament. In doubles, Coupland and Ilyushin were an impressive 7-3 versus ranked opponents, including a road victory over No. 2 nationally ranked Tennessee tandem Davey Sandgren and J.P Smith.
This is the first honor Coupland has received by the SEC and is the 65th Bulldog to be honored by the SEC since 1966; last season State’s Ryan Farlow was selected to the second-team and Ilyushin was named to the SEC all-freshman team.
The Bulldogs patiently await a potential bid to the 2010 NCAA Championship, which will be announced on May 4.