Men's Tennis Earns Multiple Big South Conference Postseason Laurels
ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team earned a slew of Big South Conference postseason honors on Wednesday night, as Grayson Mills (Big South Conference All-Singles, No. 2 Doubles Flight Winner), Gonzalo Asis (All-Academic Team, No. 6 Flight Winner), Rafael Berghaus (No. 2 Doubles Flight Winner) and Andrew Brigham and William O’Connell (All-Conference Doubles) received recognition during the league’s annual postseason banquet.
Head coach Adam Herendeen also finished three points shy of first for the league’s Coach of the Year award, capturing four of the league's nine first-place votes.
Mills (Lilburn, Ga.) earns All-Conference singles honors for the second straight year. The junior went 14-11 on the year and 4-4 in Big South action, downing Player of the Year Fernando Guillen of Campbell late in the season. Mills also earned Big South Conference victories over Coastal Carolina and Liberty in straight sets and was named the Big South Player of the Week on Monday with a three-set victory over Winthrop.
The duo of Brigham (Birmingham, England) and O’Connell (Nadi, Fiji) takes home the program’s first-ever Big South All-Conference Doubles honor. The pair posted a 13-9 record together, with a 4-3 marker in the Big South at the top flight. Brigham and O’Connell won their last three matches heading into the tournament and picked up league wins against Winthrop, Longwood, Campbell, Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb.
Asis (Madrid, Spain) earns Big South Conference All-Academic Team honors for the first time and was named the No. 6 Flight Winner as well. The junior has amassed a 3.935 grade point average as an economics and applied mathematics major while setting a Division I program record with a 20-4 overall record and a perfect 8-0 league marker. He enters the tournament on a 12-match winning streak and his last loss came on March 5 in a three-set defeat.
PC’s final laurel sees Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) and Mills share the No. 2 doubles flight winner by virtue of a 5-3 league record together. The two grabbed Big South wins against Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Liberty, Winthrop and Campbell and went on a nine-match winning streak to help PC to nine straight doubles points.
The third-seeded Blue Hose open 2013 Big South Conference Men’s Tennis Championship play on Thursday against No. 6 Gardner-Webb at 3:30 p.m. on Winthrop’s campus in Rock Hill, S.C.