CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team earned three top Big South Conference postseason honors on Tuesday as PC’s Grayson Mills captured the Player of the Year award, Diego Manzanas earned the Freshman of the Year award and Adam Herendeen collected the Coach of the Year award.
It is the first time since 2008 that a Big South member swept the three major Men’s Tennis awards
Mills’s (Lilburn, Ga.) honor marks the first-ever Big South Conference Player of the Year award for Presbyterian College. In addition, the senior received All-Big South Conference Singles laurels and was named the flight winner at both No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles, with Manzanas. Mills compiled a Big South Conference-best 7-1 record at the top flight, downing Radford, Longwood, Liberty, Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville, Coastal Carolina and Winthrop.
Mills also earned three Big South Conference Player of the Week nods this season, more than any other League student-athlete, and went 22-4 in singles play. Mills’s 22 singles victories set a school Division I record that included non-conference victories over Davidson, Furman, College of Charleston, Appalachian State, Charlotte, Nicholls State and Stetson with only seven three-set matches. He holds the school’s Division I career singles wins record, with 58, and his 20 doubles wins this season rank second. At the doubles third flight, Mills and Manzanas went 16-1 together and 7-1 in the Big South.
Manzanas (Madrid, Spain) becomes the third Big South Conference Freshman of the Year in school history (Mariah Pietrowski for women’s basketball in 2010 and Brad Zebedis for baseball in 2011) and the first for men’s tennis. He also shares the No. 6 singles flight winner award with teammate Gonzalo Asis (Madrid, Spain) and the No. 3 doubles flight winner honor with Mills. A six-time winner of the Big South Conference Freshman of the Week award (more than any other player this season), the rookie tied the school Division I record for freshman wins in a season with 19.
Manzanas toppled League foes from Longwood, Liberty, Gardner-Webb, Campbell, UNC Asheville and Coastal Carolina for a 6-1 Big South marker and a PC Division I-record 22 doubles victories. The freshman went on an 18-2 run through most of the year, grabbing non-conference wins over The Citadel, USC Upstate, Richmond, Davidson, Kennesaw State, Nicholls, Appalachian State and South Carolina State. At the doubles third flight, Mills and Manzanas went 16-1 together and 7-1 in the Big South.
Herendeen, a PC Class of 2009 graduate, becomes the second Big South Conference Coach of the Year (Ronny Fisher for women’s basketball in 2013) at PC and the first for men’s tennis. In his third season at the helm, Herendeen guided the Blue Hose the school’s first-ever Big South Conference regular season championship and the team’s 24 wins mark the most in a season for either the Division I or Division II eras.
The program has improved its win total every year under Herendeen and boasts a 45-14 record over the past two campaigns, including two trips to the Big South Conference Championship match. Under Herendeen’s guidance, PC picked up non-conference wins over The Citadel, USC Upstate, Richmond, Davidson, Furman, Nicholls State, Stetson, Appalachian State and South Carolina State in 2014.
Asis captures No. 6 singles flight honors for the second straight season, as well as a spot on the Big South Conference All-Academic Team. The senior went 4-0 in league action at No. 6 while picking up wins over Radford, UNC Asheville, Coastal Carolina and Winthrop. Asis has compiled a 3.95 grade point average while majoring in economics and applied mathematics and has appeared on the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll each of the last three seasons.
PC’s regular season championship gives the Blue Hose the No. 1 seed heading into the Big South Conference Men’s Tennis Championship presented by Musco Lighting at Gardner-Webb. The Blue Hose will face UNC Asheville or Longwood in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 8 a.m.