Five Bulldogs Earn All-SEC Recognition
Sadio Doumbia


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April 26, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. --- Five members of the University of Georgia men’s tennis team were recognized on the All-SEC teams released by the conference on Thursday, including two players each on the first and second teams and one earning All-Freshman honors.

Senior Wil Spencer and junior KU Singh received first team All-SEC honors while seniors Sadio Doumbia and Ignacio Taboada were named to the second team. Additionally, four-time SEC Freshman of the Week Nathan Pasha was named to the seven-player All-Freshman squad.

Spencer is now a two-time first team selection with a 2012 record of 29-11 including a team-best 19 wins over ranked opponents. He went 6-5 in SEC play for the Bulldogs, playing predominantly at the No. 1 spot in dual matches while attaining an ITA singles ranking as high as No. 3 on the year. His defining moment of 2012 came in Georgia’s dual match vs. Florida in Gainesville on March 4, when the senior rallied from down 5-1 in the third set with the team match locked at 3-3, rattling off six straight games to take the set and the match for Georgia. He also clinched the Bulldogs’ SEC semifinal victory over Mississippi State last week, defeating MSU’s 10th-ranked Artem Ilyushin in three sets after dropping the first.

Singh receives his first conference honor after joining the Bulldogs this January and going 22-4 in singles and 19-3 in dual matches, including an 8-3 SEC mark. Singh – who currently owns a career-best ITA ranking of No. 23 – was 11-2 playing at the No. 2 spot for Georgia and logged seven wins over ranked foes, highlighted by his victory over 12th-ranked Chase Buchanan of Ohio State in UGA’s upset of the Buckeyes earlier this season. Singh is currently riding an overall winning streak of six matches.

Doumbia received the second straight second team All-SEC honor of his career after posting a 2012 record of 30-14. He is 13-7 in dual matches and 5-5 in SEC play, registering a total of nine wins over ranked opponents. Ranked as high as No. 10 in singles this season, he has clinched five matches for Georgia on the year, including the victory over then-No. 2 Ohio State in Athens.

Taboada picked up the first All-SEC award of his career, coming off a weekend in which he clinched Georgia’s 34th SEC title with a win at No. 4 singles vs. Kentucky. In 2012 he has gone 32-10 overall in singles including 21-5 in dual match play and 9-2 in the SEC, with 11 ranked wins. He has reached high as No. 26 in the ITA singles poll, and has clinched five matches in 2012. In doubles he has gone a perfect 10-0 when playing with Pasha.

Pasha – the winner of four SEC weekly awards this season – has posted an overall record of 31-8 on his way to a place on the All-Freshman team. He is a staggering 20-2 in dual matches including 9-1 in SEC play, posting a 10-match winning streak earlier this season. He has clinched five matches on the season, including two in the ITA National Indoors and one in the SEC Tournament. In doubles he is undefeated with Taboada with a current No. 40 ranking.

The NCAA will announce the field of 64 and the 16 host sites for first and second round action of the NCAA Championships on Tues., May 1. The men’s draw will be announced at 5:30 p.m., just following the women’s, in a live stream on NCAA.com. Singles and doubles draws come out the follow day.

 

2012 SEC Awards:

Coach of the Year: Dennis Emery, Kentucky

Player of the Year: Eric Quigley, Kentucky

Freshman of the Year: Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Charlie Jones, Vanderbilt

First Team All-SEC
Andreas Mies, Auburn
Alex Stamchev, Auburn
KU Singh, Georgia
Wil Spencer, Georgia
Panav Jha, Kentucky
Alex Musialek, Kentucky
Eric Quigley, Kentucky
Anthony Rossi, Kentucky
Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss
Marcel Thiemann, Ole Miss
Louis Cant, Mississippi State
Artem Ilyushin, Mississippi State
Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee

Second Team All-SEC
Ricky Doverspike, Alabama
Tripper Carleton, Florida
Bob van Overbeek, Florida
Nassim Slilam, Florida
Sadio Doumbia, Georgia
Ignacio Taboada, Georgia
Tom Jomby, Kentucky
Olivier Borsos, LSU
Neal Skupski, LSU
Jonas Lutjen, Ole Miss
Hunter Reese, Tennessee
Charlie Jones, Vanderbilt
Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt
 
All-Freshman
Nathan Pasha, Georgia
Chris Simpson, LSU
Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss
Andrew Adams, South Carolina
Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee
Hunter Reese, Tennessee
Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt

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