Silva earns First-Team Western Division, as USA South releases men's, women's tennis accolades

Silva earns First-Team Western Division, as USA South releases men's, women's tennis accolades

The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2018 All-Conference awards, as Maryville College's Daniel Silva earns First-Team Western Division All-Conference.

The Scots also saw Joyce Coling earn All-Sportsmanship honors on the women's side of competition, as Cole Stinson tallied the same honor on the men's side.

Silva earned First-Team Western Division All-Conference for the second year in a row. The senior from Valencia, Venezuela led the Scots to their most-ever USA South victories on the season.

"Daniel is such a talented player," Co-Head Coach Millicent Dunn said. "Watching him play is so exciting and entertaining. He works hard every day, and he is a great leader on our team. He excels on the court, as well as in the classroom. He is an excellent example as to what D-III athletics should be."

N.C. Wesleyan College swept the individual awards as Sebastian Sikh was named Player of the Year, Roberto Puig collected Rookie of the Year while Albie Brice earned Coach of the Year. Also, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team, consisting of one member from each competing school.

All awards are voted on by the men's tennis coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches.

Sikh, a senior from Eskilstuna, Sweden adds his second consecutive USA South Player of the Year to his career awards as he was also named Rookie of the Year in 2015. Playing the entire season at the number-one singles position, Sikh has posted a 15-4 overall record with a perfect 6-0 mark versus USA South opposition. Sikh is currently the eighth ranked player in the ITA Division III Atlantic South Region rankings. At various doubles spots this season, Sikh has teamed with four different partners to earn a 16-6 overall record with a 7-0 mark in League action. For his efforts, Sikh earned First Team All-Conference honors for the fourth consecutive year as well as First Team East Division accolades for the second straight spring. Finally, he collected USA South Player of the Week honors four times this season.

A freshman from Malaga, Spain, Puig has compiled a 20-2 overall record with a perfect 9-0 mark in USA South action while playing primarily at the numbers-four and five singles positions this season. In doubles play, Puig has typically stayed at the number-one position, earning a 14-8 overall record with a 9-0 mark in League play. For his efforts this season, he collected First Team All-Conference and First Team East Division honors. Finally, Puig was named USA South Rookie of the Week twice this year.

Brice, in his second year as the head coach of N.C. Wesleyan, received his first career USA South Men's Tennis Coach of the Year honor. He has guided the Battling Bishops to a 16-3 overall record and the program's eighth consecutive year with an unblemished Conference record (10-0). N.C. Wesleyan collected its tenth straight League regular season title as the program has now won 100 consecutive matches over USA South opposition. Brice will now take his squad into the USA South Tournament as the East Division top-seeded team and the nine-time defending champions.

In the women's list, Averett University's Heidi Sarkkinen earned Player of the Year, Piedmont College's Caroline Connelly was named Rookie of the Year while her coach, Shane Wood, collected Coach of the Year accolades. Also, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team, consisting of one member from each competing school.

All awards are voted on by the women's tennis coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches.

Sarkkinen, a junior from Oulu, Finland, is named Player of the Year for the third consecutive season after also earning Rookie of the Year two springs ago. She thus becomes the third women's tennis athlete to collect three USA South Player of the Year honors as well as a Rookie of the Year accolade. Playing at the number-one singles position throughout the season, she has earned a perfect 16-0 overall record with an 8-0 mark against USA South opposition. Through her three years in the League, Sarkkinen has yet to lose a Conference match. In doubles play, at the top position, Sarkkinen has teamed with Hannah Mattson to earn a 14-4 overall record and a 5-2 mark during League play. She also teamed with Eleanor Crane for a Conference victory. For her efforts this season, Sarkkinen earned First Team All-Conference honors for the third consecutive season to go along with her second straight First Team East Division accolade. Finally, Sarkkinen was named USA South Player of the Week twice this spring.

Connelly, a freshman from Cumming, Georgia, becomes the first Lion to earn an USA South individual women's tennis honor. Playing at both the number-one and two singles positions throughout the season, Connelly has earned an 11-5 overall record with a perfect 7-0 mark against USA South opposition. In doubles play, at the two top positions, Connelly has teamed with Maggie Moody to earn a 11-4 overall record and a undefeated 6-0 mark during League play. For her efforts this season, Connelly earned First Team All-Conference honors as well as First Team West Division accolades. Finally, Connelly was named USA South Rookie of the Week once this spring.

In his 15th season at the helm of Piedmont, Wood earns his first USA South Women's Tennis Coach of the Year honor. This is added to his two coach of the year honors while in the Great South Athletic Conference. This spring, Wood has led Piedmont to a 11-4 overall record and a perfect 7-0 League mark, good for the program's first USA South Regular Season championship. Piedmont now enters the USA South tournament as the West's top-seeded team.

The 2018 USA South Men's Tennis All-Conference Team:

 

First Team All-Conference

RJ Clement, Methodist
Chris Cox, Covenant
Matthew Harvie, Covenant
Nathan Metzger, Piedmont
Roberto Puig, N.C. Wesleyan
Sebastian Sikh, N.C. Wesleyan

 

First Team East Division

Honorable Mention East Division

First Team West Division

Honorable Mention West Division

Dylan Betancourt, William Peace
Ioannis Brokakis, N.C. Wesleyan
RJ Clement, Methodist
Roberto Puig, N.C. Wesleyan
Sebastian Sikh, N.C. Wesleyan
Nicolas Yanes, Averett

Coleman Baker, Methodist
Trent Harner, Methodist
Aditya Iyer, N.C. Wesleyan

Chris Cox, Covenant
Matthew Harvie, Covenant
Nathan Metzger, Piedmont
Daniel Silva, Maryville
Will Thompson, LaGrange
Alan Valdez, LaGrange

Mitchell Corley, LaGrange
Kanler Cumbass, Piedmont
Adam Self, Huntingdon

 

All-Sportsmanship

Carlos Lora, Averett
Evan Day, Berea
Tom Mittring, Brevard
Paxton Haggerty, Covenant
Matt Poirier, Ferrum
Daniel Christian, Greensboro
Adam Self, Huntingdon
John Mitchell Benton, LaGrange
Cole Stinson, Maryville
Max Linder, Methodist
Sebastian Sikh, N.C. Wesleyan
Thomas Hubble, Pfeiffer
Andrew Chitty, Piedmont
Davis Felts, William Peace

The 2018 USA South Women's Tennis All-Conference Team:

 

First Team All-Conference
Morgan Buchholz, Piedmont
Caroline Connelly, Piedmont
Jenna Eppes, LaGrange
Aly Hall, Covenant
Heidi Sarkkinen, Averett
Josie Waddell, Huntingdon


First Team East Division Second Team East Division First Team West Division Second Team West Division
Davi Barbour, Methodist
Laura Brown, Methodist
Jenna Landis, Methodist
Heidi Sarkkinen, Averett
Florencia Sorrentino, N.C. Wesleyan
Ashton Walker, Methodist
Stephany Barbera, N.C. Wesleyan
Eleanor Crane, Averett
Louise Hovhammer, N.C. Wesleyan
Talitha Rowan, N.C. Wesleyan
Morgan Scott, Ferrum
Giulia Zanetti, N.C. Wesleyan
Morgan Buchholz, Piedmont
Caroline Connelly, Piedmont
Annie DeLuca, Covenant
Jenna Eppes, LaGrange
Aly Hall, Covenant
Josie Waddell, Huntingdon
Esther Eddy, Covenant
Lizzy Engsberg, Agnes Scott
Zoya Robinson, Huntingdon
Heather Tabor, Huntingdon
Megan Waldheim, Piedmont
Camille Wilson, Agnes Scott


All-Sportsmanship
Jasmine Keiler, Agnes Scott
Heidi Sarkkinen, Averett
Erin Goodpaster, Berea
Margaret Correll, Brevard
Morgan McCain, Covenant
Alexandria Dixon, Ferrum
Hunter Cashion, Greensboro
Caroline McBroom, Huntingdon
Jenna Eppes, LaGrange
Esperanza Cadena, Mary Baldwin
Joyce Coling, Maryville
Logan King, Meredith
Jenna Landis, Methodist
Florencia Sorrentino, N.C. Wesleyan
Camilla Ricoveri, Pfeiffer
Megan Waldheim, Piedmont
Abigail Williams, Salem
Erin Laffey, Wesleyan
Ameera Khattab, William Peace