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April 16, 2011

Peach Belt Announces Men’s Tennis All-Conference Team

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference announced the 2011 men’s tennis All-Conference team at a banquet in conjunction with the 2011 PBC Tournament.  Armstrong Atlantic State swept the major awards with Eudaldo Bonet being named the Player of the Year, Pedro Scocuglia the Freshman of the Year and Simon Earnshaw the co-Coach of the Year.  Flagler’s Walter Shinn was also named a co-Coach of the Year.

Bonet earns his second PBC Player of the Year award in the last three seasons as he also won in 2009.  Also named the Freshman of the Year that season, he is the #1-ranked singles player in NCAA Division II.  A junior from Barcelona, Spain, he was 20-1 in singles play with an 11-1 mark at #1 singles and 9-0 at #2.  He was 10-1 against nationally-ranked competition including Flagler’s David Cotrone and FMU’s Oshada Wijemanne, who were both ranked #3 when they faced Bonet.  A three-time PBC Player of the Week, he lost only two matches including the fall tournament schedule.  He becomes the third tennis player to be named the PBC Player of the Year more than once and gives Armstrong Atlantic State their sixth award winner.

Pedro Scocuglia did not drop a set in nine PBC wins this season.  A true freshman from Bauru, Brazil, he was 19-2 in singles play this season, playing at the #6 position.  He won 13 matches to end the regular season and his only loss of the year came to Division I North Florida.  Scocuglia was equally impressive in double play, going 15-6 overall with partner Matus Mylda and named second-team All-Conference.  Scocuglia continues the tradition of young talent at Armstrong Atlantic State, becoming the fifth straight Pirate to win the award and and ninth overall in the  15 years the award has been presented.

Simon Earnshaw wins his fourth men’s tennis Coach of the Year award in the last five years after leading Armstrong Atlantic State to their sixth PBC regular-season championship in the last seven seasons.  The 2008 and 2009 national champions, AASU is ranked #2 in the nation, but has beaten the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th-ranked teams in the nation this season.  The Pirates ran the table in conference play once again and have not dropped a match to a PBC team since 2005.  AASU is currently pursuing their seventh straight PBC Tournament championship.

Walter Shinn has been guiding the tennis program at Flagler for 30 years, the last 17 as head coach for both the men’s and women’s programs.  A five-time NAIA Coach of the Year for women, he claims his first PBC Coach of the Year award.  Shinn’s Saints are ranked #12 nationally and are the third seed for the PBC Tournament.  Flagler was 10-6 overall in 2011, 7-2 in PBC play with seven wins over nationally-ranked teams.

Below is the men’s tennis All-Conference team as selected by the league’s head coaches.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

2011 Peach Belt Conference
Men’s Tennis All-Conference Team

First Team – Singles
Rafael Array, Armstrong Atlantic State
Paul-Henri Arrigoni, Lander
Eudaldo Bonet, Armstrong Atlantic State
David Cotrone, Flagler
Mikk Irdoja, Armstrong Atlantic State
Oshada Wijemanne, Francis Marion

First Team – Doubles Teams
Rafael Array & Mikk Irdoa, Armstrong Atlantic State
David Cotrone & Gino Ramirez, Flagler
Christophe Noblet & Gordan Divljak, Columbus State

Second Team – Singles
Gregory Andrade, USC Aiken
Bernando Fernandes, Augusta State
Jerome Leborgne, Georgia College
Matus Mylda, Armstrong Atlantic State
Christophe Noblet, Columbus State
Johan Wadstein, Georgia College

Second Team – Doubles
Gregory Andrade & Bruno Orlandini, USC Aiken
Alex Caspari & Karl Rogers, Francis Marion
Matus Mylda & Pedro Scocuglia, Armstrong Atlantic State

Player of the Year
Eudaldo Bonet, Armstrong Atlantic State

Freshman of the Year
Pedro Scocuglia, Armstrong Atlantic State

Co-Coaches of the Year
Simon Earnshaw, Armstrong Atlantic State
Walter Shinn, Flagler