TEMPE, ARIZ – Four Peach Belt Conference men's tennis players have been named All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Columbus State had three of those players with Kiranpal (KP) Pannu, Zach Whaanga and Alvaro Regalado receiving honors. Georgia College's Pedro Ecenarro was also recognized. To be named an ITA All-American, a player must finish among the top 20 in the final national rankings in singles or among the top 10 doubles teams.
KP Pannu and Zach Whaanga each picked up All-American nods for singles play, while the Cougars pulled off a rare feat in doubles. CSU had a pair of doubles teams named All-America, with Alvaro Regalado part of both. The freshman paired with both Whaanga and Pannu for the All-American selections.
Pannu and Whaanga are the first Cougars to earn All-America honors in both singles and doubles in the same season since Mauricio Roveri in 1998.
Pannu is an All-American in singles for the second time in three seasons with the Cougars after tallying a 21-3 mark, including a 10-1 record against nationally-ranked opponents. The 2017 Oracle Cup winner, Pannu opened the season ranked No. 1 overall and closed out the season ranked second in the country. The junior won his final 11 decisions of the season, including the clinching point in the national championship match against Barry.
Whaanga put together a 17-4 season in singles action, earning All-Peach Belt Conference honors. The junior picked up four wins over nationally-ranked competition and finished off the year ranked 17th. Whaanga also paired together with Regalado to form the top doubles team in the country. The duo went 20-1 on the year, winning their first 19 matches and finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally.
Before Regalado teamed up with Whaanga, the ITA National Rookie of the Year played alongside Pannu. The two finished as runners-up at the fall Oracle Cup and went 8-2 at the top doubles position during the spring season. Despite not playing together over the final 21 matches, the duo closed the year out ranked 10th.
The trio led the Cougars to a 28-3 overall record and a national championship. The Cougars finished as the top-ranked team in the country.
Always a gritty competitor, Ecenarro had a stellar senior season for Georgia College, going 14-4 in first singles, including a 7-2 mark in the always-tough Peach Belt Conference (PBC). Over the course of the season, he beat three nationally-ranked opponents in No. 13 Luca Bolla of Flagler College, No. 14 Jordi Mas of Valdosta State University and No. 31 Eirik Groner of Lander University.
Ecenarro joins the lengthy list of GC Men's Tennis All-Americans, now totaling 19 all-time. The most recent All-Americans were Yannick Hass in singles and Hass and Christian Graff in doubles in 2016. This is the 15th All-America honor for Bobcat Tennis in head coach Steve Barsby's tenure.
2018 ITA Division II All-Americans
Kiranpal Pannu, Columbus State
Zach Whaanga, Columbus State
Pedro Ecenarro, Georgia College
Zach Whaanga/Alvaro Regalado, Columbus State
Kiranpal Pannu/Alvaro Regalado, Columbus State