MACON, Ga. – On the eve of making his first appearance in the Atlantic Sun Championship, sophomore Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) earned a pair of postseason honors with his unanimous selection to the All-Conference first team and spot on the Academic All-Conference squad, announced by the league office on Thursday afternoon.
Vives is the first player in FGCU history to be named to the A-Sun All-Conference first team and was one of four unanimous selections to the eight-man squad.
“What a well-deserved honor for Jordi,” said second-year head coach C.J. Weber. “He’s had an unbelievable rookie year in the green and blue! He represents himself and the University in every way that a coach would want. I’m very happy for him and proud of what this means to our program as well.”
All 17 of Vives’ singles appearances have come at the top spot, as he sits at 12-5 overall with wins in nine of his last 11. A transfer from defending National Champion USC, Vives has been dominate at times, giving up two games or less in 14 of 38 sets played with nine straight-set victories. Vives produced a 6-2 record in A-Sun regular season action and an overall 10-8 doubles mark.
Vives posted several wins over BCS opponents this season, taking down the top singles player from Miami, Oklahoma State, UConn and UCF. His wins over UCF and UConn came over the third weekend of the spring campaign, earning him A-Sun Player of the Week honors.
Fourth-seeded FGCU will make its second straight appearance at the A-Sun Championship on Friday when it takes on fifth-seeded USC Upstate in the quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. Both teams enter with identical records across the board, sporting a 10-10 overall mark with a 4-4 A-Sun regular season. The Eagles got the better of the Spartans in the regular season meeting in Fort Myers by a 5-2 margin, giving the seeding tie-breaker to the Green and Blue.
The winner will take on top-seeded UNF (14-7, 8-0 A-Sun) in the semifinals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Live stats are available for every match in the A-Sun Championship. Just log on to www.ATLANTICSUN.org or www.FGCUATHLETICS.com for the links along with a preview stories leading into each day. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #ASunMTEN on twitter during the weekend action.
Atlantic Sun Postseason Awards
Player of the Year: Matthias Kidler, USC Upstate
Freshman of the Year: Simon Julin, Stetson
Coach of the Year: Adam Schaechterle, UNF
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Mortiz Buerchner, UNF
A-Sun All-Conference First Team
*Matthias Kidler, Jr. – USC Upstate
*Moritz Buerchner, Sr. – UNF
*Jesus Bandres, Sr. – ETSU
*Jordi Vives, So. – FGCU
Rogerio Ribeiro, So. – ETSU
Julien Belair, Sr. – UNF
Simon Julin, Fr. – Stetson
Daniel Sotomarino, Sr. – UNF
A-Sun All-Conference Second Team
Guillaume Berman, Sr. – Northern Kentucky
Maksim Yorsh, Fr. – Kennesaw State
Juan Ramirez, Sr. – ETSU
Cahit Kapukiran, Fr. – Stetson
Roger Ordeig, Jr. – ETSU
Ricardo Pabon, Fr. – ETSU
Didrik Berg/Simon Julin – Stetson
Jesus Bandres/Rogerio Ribeiro – ETSU
Roger Ordeig/Ricardo Pabon – ETSU
Pedro Davisson/Leonardo Nahar – UNF
A-Sun All-Freshmen Team
*Ricardo Pabon, ETSU
*Ramon Simonetti, USC Upstate
*Laurynas Antropikas, Stetson
*Simon Julin, Stetson
Tobi Menhofer, Kennesaw State
Arsav Mohanty, Mercer
Bernardo Craveiro, UNF
Cahit Kapukiran, Stetson
A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team
*Rogerio Ribeiro, So. – ETSU
*Ricardo Pabon, R-Fr. – ETSU
*Roger Ordeig, Jr. – ETSU
Jordi Vives, So. – FGCU
Matthias Kidler, Jr. – USC Upstate
Yvon Haessig, Jr. – USC Upstate
Chester Espie, So. – Stetson