FLORENCE, S.C. – The Peach Belt Conference released the 2013 men's tennis All-Conference teams Thursday night during a banquet on the eve of the league tournament which will be contested in Florence, S.C. this weekend. University of North Georgia senior Felipe Friedrich became the first North Georgia tennis athlete to ever be named to the first team as a singles player while doubles partner Matheus Guida joined him as the Saints' first-ever second team selection.
The doubles tandem of Friedrich and Guida, ranked 21st in the nation, was also named to the doubles second team. It is the first time a doubles tandem for the Saints was named to the All-Conference team.
"This is a big deal for both of these guys as well as our program," said head coach Kent Norsworthy. "They are both more than deserving of being recognized as All-Conference players and have played extremely well all season leading this team. What Felipe has done for this team during his time here, I cannot put into words because he has meant so much to this program, as have all our seniors."
Friedrich, a 5-8 senior from Santa Maria, Brazil, led the Saints this season at No. 1 singles, posting a 15-3 record overall, including a perfect 8-0 mark in non-conference action. In Peach Belt matches, he went 7-3 with four of his wins coming over ranked opponents including a three-set victory over then 10th-ranked Alex Caspari of then No. 20 Francis Marion University on February 16. He defeated his opponents in straight sets 10 times while ascending to his current national ranking of 31st in singles action.
Guida, a 6-0 sophomore from Sao Paulo, Brazil, posted a 10-6 record at No. 2 singles this season for the Saints. The PBC Men's Tennis Player of the Week for February 27, he went 4-2 in non-conference action and 6-4 in the league including a 1-1 record against ranked opponents. He earned a three-set victory over then 24th-ranked Olivier Simonet of then seventh-ranked Columbus State University on February 20.
Friedrich and Guida started the season off unranked in doubles action as this was the first season the pair worked together, but it proved to be a very powerful combination as they boasted a 13-5 record at No. 1 doubles for North Georgia, including a 7-1 record over non-conference opponents. The 21st-ranked doubles tandem in the nation and ranked sixth in the Southeast Region, Friedrich and Guida went 6-4 in the league and defeated three ranked tandems including then No. 10 Gordan Divljak and Quentin Rayniere from Columbus State on February 20.
In total, six doubles teams and 13 singles players were recognized on the All-PBC teams with the second team singles being expanded to seven due to a tie in the voting.
No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic State University placed two doubles tandems on the first team and took five of the singles slots, including three first team selections. Armstrong's Geogi Rumenov was named the Player of the Year while his coach, Simon Earnshaw, collected his sixth PBC Coach of the Year title in 14 seasons.
Georgia College's Yannick Hass was named the PBC's Freshman of the Year.
A complete list of the All-PBC men's teams can be found HERE.