Men's Tennis
Three Men's Tennis Players Earn C-USA Honors
 
<b>Jao Chi-Shan was named C-USA Freshman of the Year</b>
 
Jao Chi-Shan was named C-USA Freshman of the Year
 
 

May 1, 2014

NEW ORLEANS - Jao Chi-Shan, Dominik Koepfer and Sebastian Rey, members of Tulane's 65th-ranked men's tennis team, all received Conference USA postseason honors, it was released by the league on Thursday morning.

Chi-Shan was named the 2014 C-USA Freshman of the Year, while he and partner Koepfer earned first-team all-conference in doubles. Koepfer and Rey also were named second-team all-conference. The honors were voted on by the league's head coach and sport information contacts.

"This is really reassuring for us to see all these underclassmen receive these honors in the conference," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "It sets us up for a lot of success in the future when you have freshmen and sophomores making first team and getting Freshman of the Year. The program is continuing to go in the right direction."

Chi-Shan went 16-5 in dual singles matches and closed the season by winning seven of the last eight matches that were finished to earn the Green Wave's second straight Freshman of the Year honor (Koepfer received the honor in 2013). The Taipei City, Taiwan, native was 4-0 in C-USA matches as well.

The doubles team of Koepfer and Chi-Shan posted a 16-6 dual match doubles record and was ranked as high as 37th during the season. The pair earned a 4-1 record in C-USA matches and claimed three matches against ranked opponents, including wins over then-No. 29 Roberto Cid and Sasha Gozen of USF and then-No. 29 Joel Rubio and Tomas Stillman on UTSA.

In singles, Koepfer posted a 16-5 dual match record in the spring, including a 4-1 mark in C-USA matches. The sophomore from Furtwangen, Germany, went 15-5 in court one and 1-0 on court two and had three wins over ranked opponents.

 

 

Rey, a freshman, went 14-9 in dual singles matches and was 3-2 in C-USA matches and posted a 13-8 record on court two. The Wantage, UK, native closed the season by winning four of the last five matches, including wins in the second and third rounds of the C-USA Championships to help guide the team to a runner-up finish.

Tulane finished the season with a 15-9 overall record under Booras in his fifth season as head coach.

ALL-CONFERENCE USA SINGLES
First Team
Joran Vliegen, East Carolina
Ettore Zito, Middle Tennessee
Carlos Lopez Villa, Old Dominion
Japie De Klerk, Tulsa
Clifford Marsland, Tulsa
Chris Helliar, UAB
Second Team*
David Fox, Middle Tennessee
Srikar Alla, Rice
Tommy Bennett, Rice
Dominik Koepfer, Tulane
Sebastian Rey, Tulane
Alejandro Espejo, Tulsa
Tomas Stillman, UTSA
*due to a tie the second team is seven members instead of six.

ALL-CONFERENCE USA DOUBLES
First Team
Joran Vliegen/Colin Roller, East Carolina
Dominik Koepfer/Jao Chi-Shan, Tulane
Clifford Marsland/Dylan McCloskey, Tulsa
Second Team
David Fox/Victor Cornea, Middle Tennessee
Japie De Klerk/Alejandro Espejo, Tulsa
Joel Rubio/Tomas Stillman, UTSA

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Joran Vliegen, East Carolina

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jao Chi-Shan, Tulane

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Tomas Stillman, UTSA

COACH OF THE YEAR
Vince Westbrook, Tulsa

OUTSTANDING SINGLES PLAYER OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Clifford Marsland, Tulsa

OUTSTANDING DOUBLES TEAM OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Clifford Marsland/Dylan McCloskey, Tulsa

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