van Eck earns program's 1st Player of the Year Award

van Eck earns program's 1st Player of the Year Award
Thursday, April 28, 2016
van Eck earns program's 1st Player of the Year Award

HIGH POINT, N.C. – North Greenville University's Sjors van Eck was named the 2016 Conference Carolinas Men's Tennis Player of the Year, while Limestone College's Guillermo Ortega garnered Freshman of the Year honors. Pfeiffer University mentor Kent Whitener earned Coach of the Year, the Conference announced today.

A junior from Ospel, Netherlands, van Eck is the first Conference Carolinas Player of the Year for the North Greenville tennis program. van Eck racked up a perfect individual record in league play, as he finished the regular season 10-0. He split time between three doubles positions and finished 5-5 for the Crusaders.

Ortega, a freshman out of Caracas, Venezuela, made his presence known in Conference Carolinas racking up a 9-1 record in conference singles play throughout the season. In doubles play, Ortega also registered a 9-1 record. He primarily played the No. 4 singles flight, tallying a 7-1 record, while holding a 7-1 record in the No. 2 doubles spot.

In his first season at the helm, Pfeiffer's Kent Whitner guided the men's team to a perfect 9-0 finish in Conference Carolinas action. Whitner took over a team that finished fourth in the league a season ago and led them to a regular season championship. The Falcons won 61 of 81 sets on the season and had four Conference Carolinas Player of the Week awards.

All-Conference Carolinas First Team

Sjors van Eck, North Greenville

Moritz Poswiat, King

Luis Delgado, King

Nils Hoffacker, Pfeiffer

Gustavo D'Ascenzi, Limestone

Stefano Soares, Limestone

All-Conference Carolinas Second Team

James Delaney, Belmont Abbey

Juan Baez, Belmont Abbey

Guillermo Ortega, Limestone

Axel Woerner, Pfeiffer

Martim Sousa, Mount Olive

Oscar Von Koch, Pfeiffer

All-Conference Carolinas Third Team

Jose Cortijos, Mount Olive

Bjoern Barwinski, Pfeiffer

Rafael Ruiz Velasco, Barton

Yaxi Pintado, Barton

Lennard Keswani, King

Benji Lascari, Limestone

Player of the Year

Sjors van Eck, North Greenville

Freshman of the Year

Guillermo Ortega, Limestone

Coach of the Year

Kent Whitener, Pfeiffer

Regular Season Men's Tennis Champion

Pfeiffer University