(San Diego, CA) – The USD men’s tennis team received good news today with four players being recognized by the West Coast Conference. Sophomore Dean Jackson (Soest, Germany), who played No. 1 singles for the Toreros and finished with a 17-4 spring record and national ranking of 52nd, was named to the All-WCC Singles First Team. Jackson, last year’s WCC Freshman of the Year, earned his second straight First Team honor. At the recently completed WCC Championships, Jackson went undefeated in singles and dealt 2009 WCC Player of the Year, Omar Altmann, a 6-2, 7-5 defeat at center court.
Senior Chris Coetzee (Durban, South Africa) and redshirt junior Charl Wolmarans (Capetown, South Africa) were both named to the All-WCC Second Team Singles. In doubles, Jackson was joined by sophomore Nils Schive (Oslo, Norway) on the All-WCC Doubles First Team. The Torero tandem combined for a 7-4 mark this spring. Being selected to the All-WCC Doubles Second Team was the duo of Wolmarans & Coetzee.
2009 WCC Men’s Tennis All-Conference Selections
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Omar Altmann, PEP
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Alex Llompart, PEP
COACH OF THE YEAR: Adam Steinberg, PEP
FIRST TEAM SINGLES
Alex Llompart, PEP; Bassam Beidas, PEP; Dean Jackson, USD; Filip Zivkovic, POR; Omar Altmann, PEP; Tommy Tu, USF.
SECOND TEAM SINGLES
Andrea Zannoni, SMC; Charl Wolmarans, USD; Chris Coetzee, USD; Ivan Lopez, LMU; Jay Wong, SCU; Lucas Tirelli, SMC.
HONORABLE MENTION SINGLES
Aram Abgaryan, LMU; Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong, SCU; Kyle Dandan, SCU.
FIRST TEAM DOUBLES
Bassam Beidas/Omar Altmann, PEP; Dean Jackson/Nils Schive, USD; Evan Schleining/Filip Zivkovic, POR.
SECOND TEAM DOUBLES
Asaf Cohen/Tommy Tu, USF; Charl Wolmarans/Chris Coetzee, USD; Ivan Lopez/Nick Von Der Ahe, LMU.
HONORABLE MENTION DOUBLES
Achim Christner/Sherif Hamdy, SMC