Atlantic Coast Conference Announces 2009 Men's Tennis Honors
April 16, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Top-ranked Virginia, which just completed a third straight unbeaten regular season against Atlantic Coast Conference opposition, placed four student-athletes on the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Team announced today by the league office.
Florida State's Jean-Yves Aubone was named Player of the Year in balloting by the league's 12 head coaches. Virginia Tech's Luka Somen received the nod as Freshman of the Year, while Virginia's Brian Boland was named Coach of the Year for the second straight year and the third time overall.
The Cavaliers, who seek their third straight title and fifth in six seasons as the 2009 ACC Championships get under way today in Cary, N.C., led all schools with their four selections to the 18-member squad. Florida State placed three members on team, while two each were selected from Miami, North Carolina and Wake Forest. Five schools - Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State and Virginia Tech - each had one student-athlete selected.
Aubone, the Seminoles' No. 1 singles player and a junior from Miami, Fla., posted a 16-7 record this spring, including a 9-1 record against ACC opposition. He has been ranked among the nation's top players throughout the year and carries a No. 16 ITA national ranking into this week's ACC Championships.
Somen, a native of Karlovac, Croatia, completed his first season of collegiate competition with a 24-12 overall record while playing at the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 flight positions. He posted a 5-4 record in ACC play.
Boland's Cavaliers have led the national rankings most of season. Virginia posted its second consecutive undefeated regular season at 26-0 overall and 11-0 in the ACC, highlighted by winning the ITA National Team Indoor Championship at Chicago in mid-February.
The ACC Championships begin with first round matches today and will run through Sunday's 11 a.m. men's and women's title matches. Follow the action at:
2009 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Tennis Team
Carlos Alveraz, Junior, Clemson
Player of the Year: Jean-Yves Aubone, Florida State
Freshman of the Year: Luka Somen, Virginia Tech
Coach of the Year: Brian Boland, Virginia
*Denote repeat All-ACC honoree