LSU's Stefan Szacinski (left) and Chris Simpson
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Simpson, Szacinski Named to All-SEC Tennis Team
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Published: April 25, 2013, 11:22 AM (CT)
by Palmer Black , Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s tennis team (15-11) had two players selected to the All-SEC Second Team for the 2013 season – sophomore Chris Simpson and senior Stefan Szacinski. The men’s tennis SEC honors were announced Thursday morning by the SEC office.
 
South Carolina head coach Josh Goffi was named the SEC Coach of the Year and Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee garnered SEC Player of the Year honors. Romain Bogaerts of Mississippi State was named the SEC Freshman of the Year, and Daniil Proskura of Alabama was announced as the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
 
Simpson entered the dual-match season unranked in singles and ranked No. 33 in doubles with Szacinski as his partner. Simpson, named to the SEC All-Freshman Team last season, went 11-12 in singles during the 2013 season, defeating eight ranked opponents, including then-No. 15 Evan King of Michigan, and then-No. 3 Libietis to clinch an upset victory over Tennessee. Simpson entered the singles rankings midway through the season and is currently No. 48 in the nation. Simpson and Szacinski are currently ranked No. 60 in the nation in doubles.
 
Szacinski also entered the season unranked in singles and recently made his season debut in the singles rankings, checking in at No. 104 on April 9. Szacinski has since moved up to No. 92 in the singles poll. Szacinski notched a 10-6 record in singles, winning eight-straight matches at one point and carrying a 6-2 record against ranked opponents, including victories over then-No. 31 Hunter Reese of Tennessee. He held an 11-7 mark in doubles, teaming up with Simpson and freshman Tam Trinh. Szacinski and Trinh are currently ranked No. 45 in the nation and notched a 7-2 record while taking down three ranked opponents.
 
The Tigers wait to hear about their future as the NCAA Tournament teams will be announced this Tuesday, April 30.
 
For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men's team on Twitter @lsutennis, and follow head coach Jeff Brown @LSUCoachJBrown and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.
 
2013 SEC Men's Tennis Postseason Awards
 
Coach of the Year: Josh Goffi, South Carolina
Player of the Year: Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee
Freshman of the Year: Romain Bogaerts, Mississippi State
Scholar Athlete of the Year: Daniil Proskura, Alabama
 
All-SEC First Team
Andreas Mies, Auburn
Nathan Pasha, Georgia
KU Singh, Georgia
Ben Wagland, Georgia
Tom Jomby, Kentucky
Anthony Rossi, Kentucky
Jonas Lutjen, Ole Miss
Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss
Romain Bogaerts, Mississippi State
Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee
Hunter Reese, Tennessee
Jeremy Efferding, Texas A&M
Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt
Ryan Lipman, Vanderbilt
 
All-SEC Second Team
Jarryd Botha, Alabama
Becker O'Shaughnessey, Alabama
Daniel Cochrane, Auburn
Florent Diep, Florida
Stephane Piro, Florida
Chris Simpson, LSU
Stefan Szacinski, LSU
William Kallberg, Ole Miss
Malte Stropp, Mississippi State
Andrew Adams, South Carolina
Tsvetan Mihov, South Carolina
Thiago Pinheiro, South Carolina
Jarryd Chaplin, Tennessee
Harry Adams, Texas A&M
Shane Vinsant, Texas A&M
 
All-Freshman Team
Becker O'Shaughnessey, Alabama
Ben Wagland, Georgia
Romain Bogaerts, Mississippi State
Harry Adams, Texas A&M
Shane Vinsant, Texas A&M
Kris Yee, Vanderbilt

 

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