May 28, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Dominik Koepfer and Idan Mark, both members of the Tulane men's tennis team, received postseason accolades by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, it was announced this past weekend by the statewide organization.
Koepfer, a freshman for the Green Wave, was named first team All-Louisiana and Mark, a senior, earned second team All-Louisiana.
Koepfer received the honors after posting a 17-4 dual match singles record and went 13-4 with Mark in doubles. The Furtwangen, Germany, native won 14 straight singles matches to begin the spring season and didn't lose until March 24. He posted a perfect 8-0 record on court three before closing out the season on courts one and two with a 6-4 record.
In doubles, Koepfer and Mark paired up and won nine straight matches during the spring and helped Tulane win 14 of the 20 doubles points.
Mark posted an 11-9 in singles and 13-4 in doubles during the season. The Hod Hasharon, Israel, native claimed nine of his 11 wins in straight sets and rebounded from a 1-3 start to the spring by winning eight of his next 11 matches.
The voting for the team was based on nominees submitted by tennis sports information staffers and voting was done by those that nominated. Sports Information personnel could not vote for players from their own schools.
LSWA All-LOUISIANA TENNIS TEAM
MEN'S FIRST TEAM
Rick DeGroot, Louisiana-Lafayette/Jr./Pekala, Holland/First Team All-SBC
Loic Didavi, Xavier/Sr./Cotonou, Benin/2013 NAIA National POY, 2012 LSWA POY
Dmitry Kozionov, Nicholls State/Sr./Ivhevsk, Russia/First-Team All-SLC Singles & Doubles
>Dominik Koepfer, Tulane/Fr./Furtwanger, Germany/C-USA Freshman of the Year
Kyle Montrel, Xavier/Fr./Atlanta, Ga./#34 ITA NAIA Singles; 4 time GCAC POW
Chris Simpson, LSU/So./Derby, England/All-SEC 2nd team; NCAA Participant
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR (tie): Loic Didavi, Xavier; Chris Simpson, LSU
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Kyle Montrel, Xavier
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Rui Silva, UNO
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jeff Brown, LSU
MEN'S SECOND TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL/YEAR/HOMETOWN/ NOTES
Damian Farinola, Louisiana-Lafayette/So./Adelaide, South Australia/14 singles wins, all in straight sets
Hunter Johnson, Louisiana-Lafayette/Fr./New Braunfels, Texas/14 singles wins, 13 in doubles
Idan Mark, Tulane/Sr./Hod Hashanron, Israel/13-4 in No. 1 doubles, 6-3 at No. 2 singles
Hossam Meligy, UNO/Sr./Cairo, Egypt/ALL-SLC First Team
Nico Mertens, Nicholls/Fr./Hilden, Germany/First Team All-SLC; SLC FOY
Rui Silva, UNO/So./Guimaraes, Portugal/SLC Newcomer of Year; All-SLC second team
Mark Bowtell, LSU, Sr., County Wicklow, Ireland; Viktor Svoboda, Xavier, Jr., Kamenice, Czech Republic