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2013 College Tennis Year in Review
Wednesday, 06/19/2013
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by Bobby Knight. Pictured Ohio State's Blaz Rola. Video below.

Well Virginia finally managed to get the monkey off its back with a thrilling win over UCLA in the finals so now the question is can they do it again and start a USC-like dynasty? It’s a little too early to make a prediction on that but I can assure you they’ll be in contention for many years to come with the group of top flight talent that Brian Boland has put together in Charlottesville.  
 
It’s time to look back and hand out some year-end awards to the players that excelled throughout the year.  
 
Player of the Year:  Blaz Rola (Ohio State) – The Buckeye junior from Slovenia, who is your 2013 NCAA Singles Champion, finished the year with a 32-1 record including a 26-1 dual match record.   Rola just dropped 9 sets on the year.   Rola also went 28-1 on the year in doubles with he and Kevin Metka posting a 21-0 record at #3 doubles.
 
All-America Team - In the spot where they won and/or played the most matches (1st record is overall/2nd is dual match):
 
1st Team:
  1. Blaz Rola (Ohio State) - accolades mentioned above
  2. Alex Domijan (Virginia) – 37-6/24-4 with 17 wins at 2 and 7 at 1.  ITA All American Singles Champion.    40-7/25-2 with 19 wins at #2 dubs with Mitchell Frank.
  3. Mitchell Frank (Virginia) – 23-2/22-1 with 16 wins at 3.  19-1 at #2 dubs with Alex Domijan.  
  4. Connor Smith (Ohio State) – 36-7/28-4 with 11 wins at 3 and 12 wins at 4.  33-7/29-4 with 22 wins at #1 dubs with Peter Kobelt.    
  5. Raphael Hemmeler (Duke) – 35-6/25-3 with 18 wins at 5.  39-4/24-3 at 1 doubles with Cunha – NCAA Doubles Semifinalist.  
  6. Karue Sell (UCLA) – 31-8/27-3 with 6 wins at 5 and 19 wins at 6.  19-3 at 1 and 2 dubs with Adrien Puget.
 2nd Team:
  1. Jarmere Jenkins (Virginia) – 42-6/22-3 with 17 wins at 1.  29-7/16-4 at 1 dubs with Styslinger.  2013 NCAA Doubles Champion with Mac Styslinger.   ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Singles Champion.  
  2. Peter Kobelt (Ohio State) – 36-9/20-5 with 13 wins at 2 and 7 at 1.   32-6/28-3 with 22 wins at 1 with Connor Smith.
  3. Devin McCarthy (Ohio State) – 28-2 with 15 wins at 3 and 8 wins at 4.  Finished the year on a 22 match winning streak.   27-4 in dubs with Ille Van Engelen with 20 wins at #2.   
  4. Mac Styslinger  (Virginia) – 30-9/20-4 with 10 wins at 4 and 9 at 29-7/16-4 at #1 dubs with Jarmere Jenkins.  NCAA Doubles Champion 
  5. Clay Thompson (UCLA) – 24-3 with 17 wins at 5. 
  6. Jason Tahir (Duke) – 30-5/23-2 with 17 wins at 6.  24-10/15-7 playing with Michael Redlicki at 2.  
3rd Team:
  1. Henrique Cunha (Duke) – 34-5/19-1 with all wins at 1.  NCAA Singles Quarterfinalist and Doubles Semifinalist with Hemmeler.  
  2. Marcos Giron (UCLA) – 35-11/20-7 with 6 wins at 1 and 14 wins at 2.  13 wins at #1 dubs with Dennis Novikov.
  3. Yannick Hanfmann (USC) – 31-7/21-1 with 6 wins at #2, 8 wins at #3, and 6 wins at #4.  13 wins at #1 dubs with Ray Sarmiento.  
  4. Adam Lee (Wake Forest) – 38-9/24-2 with 12 wins at 4.   Finished year on 12 match winning streak.  25-11/16-7 playing primarily at #2 dubs with Danny Kreyman.
  5. Eric Johnson (USC) – 35-7/21-4 with 10 wins at 5.   29-7/17-6 playing primarily at #3 dubs.
  6. Julen Uriguen (Virginia) – 18-6/15-2 with 13 wins at 6.  31-4/22-3 with 18 wins at #3 dubs with Justin Shane.  
Honorable Mention:
  • Mikelis Libietis (Tennessee) – 37-7/23-3 with 22 wins at 1.  32-10/22-6 with all wins at 1 dubs with Hunter Reese, Jarryd Chaplin, and John Collins.
  • Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) – 32-9/22-6 with all wins at 1
  • Matija Pecotic (Princeton) – 43-6/16-3 with all wins at 1.
  • Evan King (Michigan) – 29-4/23-1 with all wins at 1.  
  • Emilio Gomez (USC) – 23-8/17-5 with 14 wins at 1.  
  • Guillermo Alcorta (Oklahoma) – 27-7/18-5 with all 18 wins at 2.  
  • Hunter Reese (Tennessee) – 31-9/16-5 with 15 wins at 2.  33-10/24-5 with 13 wins at #1 dubs with Mikelis Libietis and 9 wins at #3 dubs with Brandon Fickey.  
  • Tom Jomby (Kentucky) – 32-10/22-6 with 21 wins at 2.  25-12/16-9 with all 16 wins at #1 dubs with Kevin Lai.  
  • Roberto Quiroz (USC) – 38-11/21-6 with 12 wins at 3.  14 wins at #2 dubs with Gomez & De Vroome.    
  • Adrien Puget (UCLA) – 23-7/19-5 with 15 wins at 3.   17-3 at #2 dubs with Karue Sell.
  • Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine) – 23-6/21-5 with 10 wins at 2 and 3..  
  • Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) – 28-10/19-5 with 13 wins at 4.  16-7 at #3 dubs Brigham and Thompson.
  • Chris Mengel (Duke) – 27-9/17-5 with 15 wins at 4.   24-6/19-4 with Fred Saba playing primarily at #3 dubs.  

Doubles Specialist:
  • Kevin Metka (Ohio State) – 30-2/27-1 with 25 wins at #3 dubs with Blaz Rola.
  • Alex Brigham (UCLA) – 17-8/16-7 with 12 wins at #3 dubs with Dennis Mkrtchian

Freshmen of the Year:  Jared Hiltzik (Illinois) – The Illini freshmen from Wilmette, IL went 29-11 on the year including an 18-5 dual match record playing at 1 and 2.  Hiltzik handed NCAA Champion Blaz Rola his only defeat of the year and did so in straight sets 6-4 7-5.  
 

All-Freshmen Team – In the spot where they won and/or played the most matches (1st record is overall/2nd is dual match):
 
1st Team:
  1. Jared Hiltzik (Illinois) – accolades mentioned above
  2. Ben Wagland (Georgia) – 26-8/18-4 with wins at 1, 2, 3, and 4.  Finished the year at 1.  29-10/15-5 at #1 dubs with Hernus Pieters.  
  3. Michael Redlicki (Duke) – 31-11/19-7 with 14 wins at 3.  24-10/15-7 playing with Jason Tahir at 2.  
  4. Mac Styslinger  (Virginia) – 30-9/20-4 with 10 wins at 4 and 9 at 5.  29-7/16-4 at #1 dubs with Jarmere Jenkins.  NCAA Doubles Champion 
  5. Chris Diaz (Ohio State) – 32-6/24-5 with 17 wins at 5.
  6. Karue Sell (UCLA) – 31-8/27-3 with 6 wins at 5 and 19 wins at 6.  19-3 at 1 and 2 dubs with Adrien Puget.
2nd Team:
  1. Romain Bogaerts (Mississippi State) – 28-10/15-6 with a 13 wins at 1.  
  2. Julian Lenz (Baylor) – 27-10/16-5 with 8 wins at 2.   8-0 at #3 dubs with Patrick Pradella.
  3. Harrison Adams (Texas A&M) – 22-12/16-9 with 13 wins at 3.  28-13/17-9 with 15 wins at #2 dubs with Shane Vinsant.  
  4. Axel Alvarez Llamas (Oklahoma) – 27-9/20-6 with 12 wins at 4.  
  5. Max De Vroome (USC) – 27-12/15-5 with 8 wins at 5.  18-5 at 2 & 3 dubs with Roberto Quiroz and Eric Johnson.
  6. Constantin Christ (Ohio State) – 21-5/16-3 with all 16 wins at 6.   
3rd Team:
  1. Amerigo Contini (Virginia Tech) – 28-12/16-7 with 9 wins at 1 and 7 at 2.   13-6 at #1 dubs with Andreas Bjerrehus.
  2. Sam Monette (Indiana) – 26-10/21-9 with 6 wins at 1, 10 at 2, and 5 at 3.  21-2 at #1 dubs with Isade Juneau.    
  3. Austin Smith - Georgia – 24-10/17-7 playing 8 matches at 3, 4, and 5.  8-3 in dubs.      
  4. Shane Vinsant (Texas A&M) – 26-12/20-8 with 16 wins at 4.  28-13/17-9 with 15 wins at #2 dubs with Harrison Adams.  
  5. Kris Yee (Vanderbilt) – 24-5/19-2 with 12 wins at 5.
  6. Trey Strobel  (Stanford) – 21-10/15-4 with 9 wins at 6.   
Honorable Mention:
  • Andreas Bjerrehus (Virginia Tech) – 30-12/16-8 with 7 wins at 1 and 9 at 2.
  • Gabriel Dias (Texas Tech) – 16-5 at 2.  13 wins at #1 dubs with Vitor Manzini.    
  • Jordan Angus (Misssissippi State) – 22-9/17-6 with 11 wins at 4.  Made round of 16 in doubles at the NCAAs. 
  • John Patrick Mullane (Michigan State) – 21-9/17-5 with 14 wins at 4.  12-3 at 2 & 3 dubs with Drew Lied. 
  • Daan Maasland (Oregon) – 23-9/18-6 with 11 wins at 4.  15-5 at 2 and 3 dubs with Alex Rovello
  • Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) – 17-5 with 14 wins at 5.  
  • Pedro Dumont (Mississippi State) – 21-11/15-5 with 13 wins at 6.    
  • Michael Rinaldi (Florida State) – 23-10/17-5 with 9 wins at 6.  

Well that’s all for 2012-2013 season so be sure to follow your favorite players as many step out on to the ATP Futures Tour during the summer before heading back to school for the Fall. 

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