Pac-12 Announces Men's Tennis All-Conference Honors
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference announced today the men’s tennis All-Pac-12 honors for the 2016 season, as determined by a polling of the Conference coaches. UCLA’s Mackenzie McDonald was voted Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year for the second-straight year. McDonald and his teammate Martin Redlicki were tabbed the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. USC's Logan Smith was named the Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. For the third time in his career, CALIFORNIA head coach Peter Wright was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The All-Pac-12 teams were also announced.
Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year – Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA
For the second-straight year, McDonald (Piedmont, Calif.) has been named the Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year. The junior won UCLA's 12th and the Pac-12's 45th all-time NCAA Singles Championship. As the No. 6 seed overall, McDonald defeated No. 1 seed Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State in the final. McDonald also led the way for his team to sweep the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles, posting a 22-1 record on the year. He was a four-time Pac-12 Player of the Week during the season. UCLA has now claimed 11 Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year honors dating back to 1976.
Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year – Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki, UCLA
McDonald and Redlicki (Boca Raton, Fla.) are the sixth UCLA duo to claim the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year accolades dating back to the award's inception in 2000 and the first since 2007. The duo won UCLA's 11th and the Pac-12's 57th all-time NCAA doubles title (the first for UCLA since 1996). This is the first time in 45 years that UCLA has won both the NCAA singles and doubles titles in the same year, a feat that has only happened five times before in school history. The Bruin duo finished the season with an 18-6 overall record and a 10-5 mark against ranked opponents.
Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year – Logan Smith, USC
Since the award's inception in 2000, Smith (Carlsbad, Calif.) is the second Trojan to garner the honor, joining Yannick Hanfmann (2012). Smith climbed to as high as No. 40 in the ITA National Rankings before ending the year as the No. 77 ranked singles player in the country, boasting a 27-13 overall record (8-4 at No. 3 spot, 5-4 at No. 4 spot). He clinched three matches for the Trojans on the year, tied for the second most on the team and helped USC continue its streak of reaching the NCAA Team Tournament. In the fall, Smith reached the ITA Southwest Region Singles title match and won the Sherwood Collegiate consolation championship.
Pac-12 Coach of the Year – Peter Wright, California
Wright has been named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the third time in his 23 years at California. He led the Golden Bears to a runner-up finish at the Pac-12 Tournament and a third-place finish in the regular season. As the No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Wright's Golden Bears made it to the national semifinal. California upset the No. 5 seed Ohio State Buckeyes to get the national semifinal before losing to the eventual NCAA Champion Virginia Cavaliers, the No. 1 overall seed. Under Wright's guidance, the duo of Florian Lakat and Filip Bergevi made it to the semifinal of the NCAA Doubles Championships. Lakat was an All-Pac-12 first-team honoree along with Andre Goransson while Bergevi and Billy Griffith claimed second-team accolades. Each of those four student-athletes finished the season ranked in the ITA top 125 singles players.
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