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Picci Named Second Team Men's Tennis All-SAC


ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Catawba junior Luca Picci was named to the 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference Men’s Tennis second team as announced by the league office on Wednesday. Wingate’s Daniel Belsito was voted the Player of the Year, while teammate Josep Canyadell was voted Freshman of the Year.  Queens’ head coach Billy Boykin was named the Coach of the Year.

Picci, played the top flight for Catawba’s men this season and posted a 7-7 overall mark in singles. He went 5-5 in league play. In double action, Picci compiled a 6-9 mark at #1, which included three SAC victories.

Belsito is the No. 17 ranked player in the nation, according to the latest Oracle/ITA Division II Men’s Singles Poll. He posted a record of 17-2 at No. 1 singles this season and was also 17-2 overall at No. 1 doubles. Canyadell compiled a record of 13-8 overall in singles this season, and was 8-2 in SAC play. Boykin guided the Royals to their second-consecutive South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship.
2018 SAC Men’s Tennis Conference
First Team Singles
Daniel Belsito, Wingate
Joshua Peress, Lincoln Memorial
Mark Watt, Coker
Edison Ambarzumjan, Newberry
Ignacio Bidegain, Anderson
Agustin Aran Martin, Queens
Second Team Singles
Josep Canyadell, Wingate
Julian Bosch, Queens
Constantin Ernstberger, Lincoln Memorial
Tomas Kmetko, Tusculum
Luca Picci, Catawba
Jose Navarro, Newberry
Honorable Mention Singles
Tales Miranda, Lenoir-Rhyne
David Segarra, Lincoln Memorial
Ben Reid, Mars Hill
Hamed Gandouz, Lenoir-Rhyne
Tashique Kader, Tusculum
Hunter Horton, Coker

First Team Doubles
Josh DuToit/Daniel Belsito, Wingate
Mark Watt/Henrik Hellbe, Coker
Hamed Gandouz/Shane O'Dea, Lenoir-Rhyne
Second Team Doubles
Julian Bosch/Joel Dunlap, Queens
Nikhil Mannepalli/Angel Pizarro, Newberry
Hufelder Duarte/Tomas Depiaggio, Anderson
Honorable Mention Doubles
Agustin Aran Martin/Sebastian Meum, Queens
Tashique Kader/Gabriel Yaguar, Tusculum
Toby de Klerk/Yago Fernandez, Tusculum
Player of the Year: Daniel Belsito, Wingate
Freshman of the Year: Josep Canyadell, Wingate
Coach of the Year: Billy Boykin, Queens

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