April 24, 2009
Four Earn All-SAC Tennis Honors
ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba placed two players on the both the men’s and women’s 2009 All-South Atlantic Conference Tennis teams as announced by the conference at a banquet on Thursday night. For the men, senior Sean Soltan (Vetlanda, SWEDEN/Njudungsgymnasiet) was a first team pick, while freshman Matt King (Concord, NSW, AUSTRALIA/Sydney Boys) was a second team selection. Earning second team honors on the women’s side was sophomore Kasia Zielinski (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy) and freshman Jen Denyes (Bradenton, FL/St. Stephens Episcopal HS).
Carson-Newman’s Amanda Bartlett was the women’s Player of the Year, while Alessandro du Besse, took home men’s Player of the Year honors. Freshman of the Year honors went to Mars Hill's Erika Pinate and Lenoir-Rhyne's John Fichardt. Paul Thompson, of Brevard, was named women’s Coach of the Year, while Wingate’s Michael Cabana, a former Catawba standout, was named men’s Coach of the Year. The scholar athlete awards went to Carson-Newman Elizabeth Sneed and Tusculum’s Hunter Beal.
Soltan played #1 for Catawba and posted a 12-8 singles mark on the season. In doubles, he was 9-12, also playing at #1. For his career, Soltan finished seventh all-time in both singles (54) and doubles (53) wins. King saw action at #2 singles and doubles. He recorded a 14-7 mark in singles and was 16-6 in doubles.
Zielinski saw action at both #1 and #2 singles for the Catawba women after returning from a knee injury last season. She also played #1 doubles. Denyes also split time at the top two singles positions, winning six matches on the year. She teamed mainly with Zielinski at #2 doubles where the duo won four matches.
2009 ALL-SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE TENNIS TEAMS
Giuseppe Schwarz, Carson-Newman
Shahin Soltan, Catawba
John Fichardt, Lenoir-Rhyne
Hannes Ganss, Lincoln Memorial
Bastian Guenther, Lincoln Memorial
Alessandro du Besse, Mars Hill
Koeche Smith, Mars Hill
Mitchell Lvovsky, Wingate
Jarred Fisher, Brevard
Cole Altizer, Brevard
Matt King, Catawba
Felipe Sobrinho, Newberry
Steven Lin, Tusculum
Henrique Rodrigues, Tusculum
Braeden Patchell, Wingate
Bruno Pudence, Wingate
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alessandro du Besse, Mars Hill
COACH OF THE YEAR: Michael Cabana, Wingate
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: John Fichard, Lenoir-Rhyne
SAC SCHOLAR ATHLETE: Hunter Beal, Tusculum
Kim Dixon, Brevard
Lindsay Shaeffer, B revard
Amanda Bartlett, Carson-Newman
Elizabeth Sneed, Carson-Newman
Sophia Lopez Mimendi, Lincoln Memorial
Ann-Sophi Inderherberge, Lincoln Memorial
Erika Pinate, Mars Hill
Jennifer Sparks, Tusculum
Jen Denyes, Catawba
Kasia Zielinski, Catawba
Kate Meinrs, Lenoir-Rhyne
Patty La Rovere, Mars Hill
Katelyn Doss, Tusculum
Amanda Pike, Tusculum
Hollyn Alberghini, Wingate
Zoe Hartas, Wingate
Kara Stasikelis, Wingate
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Amanda Bartlett, C-N
COACH OF THE YEAR: Paul Thompson, Brevard
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Erika Pinate, Mars Hill
SAC SCHOLAR ATHLETE: Elizabeth Sneed, C-N
Swimming @ Yellow Jacket Invite (Day 1)
Swimming @ Yellow Jacket Invite (Day 2) W-2nd;M-4th
Track/Field @ JDL College Kickoff Classic
Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 43-60
Basketball (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 58-103
Basketball (W) vs. TUSCULUM 70-58
Basketball (M) vs. TUSCULUM 73-87
Basketball (W) vs. JC SMITH 51-52
Basketball (M) vs. ST. AUGUSTINE'S 76-73
Basketball (W) vs. ANDERSON 63-46
Basketball (M) vs. ANDERSON 67-76
Swimming vs. QUEENS noon
Basketball (M) vs. WINGATE 11 a.m.
Basketball (W) vs. WINGATE 2 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ Virginia Union 2 p.m.
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