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Thursday April 26, 2012Three Gator Men's Tennis Players Earn All-SEC Recognition

Birmingham, AL

Three University of Florida menís tennis players earned All-Southeastern Conference honors for the 2011-12 season, announced by the league office on Thursday. Tripper Carleton, Nassim Slilam and Bob van Overbeek were all named to the All-SEC Second Team. The Gators have had multiple All-SEC honorees every year since 1999 and have had three or more in eight of the 11 seasons under head coach Andy Jackson.


Carleton, a junior transfer from Wake Forest, has a 24-10 singles record this season, including a 15-6 mark in dual matches. He also finished SEC play with an 8-3 record in dual matches, including a 4-1 mark at No. 2 singles and 4-2 record at No. 3 singles in conference matches. He has also totaled 24 doubles wins, partnering with several teammates.


Slilam, a native of Paris, France, earns second team honors for the second-straight year. Slilam has a 21-13 singles record on the year and finished an impressive 7-1 in SEC dual matches, playing at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. He also pairs with Billy Federhofer to form one of the nationís best doubles tandems, consistently ranking in the top 10 for most of the spring. Slilam and Federhofer have a 25-15 record on the season, including 16 wins over ranked opponents.


A junior from Boca Raton, van Overbeek played at the No. 1 singles position in all 21 dual matches that he appeared in. He finished with an overall singles record of 20-15 for the season with a 5-6 record in SEC matches. Faced with the task of playing the opponentís top player every week, van Overbeek took on a ranked opponent in each of the last 13 matches and totaled eight victories on the season against ranked foes. He was named the SEC Player of the Week on February 15 after winning two singles and two doubles matches over the prior weekend, including victory over No. 2-ranked Dennis Nevolo from Illinois.


Florida finished the season with a 14-9 overall record and a 7-4 mark in SEC play. The Gators currently await the draw for the NCAA Tournament, which will be held Tuesday, May 1, on an webcast.



Player of the Year
Eric Quigley, Kentucky

Freshman of the Year
Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss

Coach of the Year
Dennis Emery, Kentucky

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Charlie Jones, Vanderbilt

First Team All-SEC
Andreas Mies, Auburn
Alex Stamchev, Auburn
KU Singh, Georgia
Wil Spencer, Georgia
Panav Jha, Kentuckya
Alex Musialek, Kentucky
Eric Quigley, Kentucky
Anthony Rossi, Kentucky
Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss
Marvel Thiemann, Ole Miss
Louis Cant, Mississippi State
Artem Ilyushin, Mississippi State
Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee

Second Team All-SEC
Ricky Doverspike, Alabama
Tripper Carleton, Florida
Bob van Overbeek, Florida
Nassim Slilam, Florida
Sadio Doumbia, Georgia
Ignacio Taboada, Georgia
Tom Jomby, Kentucky
Olivier Borsos, LSU
Neal Skupski, LSU
Jonas Lutjen, Ole Miss
Hunter Reese, Tennessee
Charlie Jones, Vanderbilt
Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt

Nathan Pasha, Georgia
Chris Simpson, LSU
Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss
Andrew Adams, South Carolina
Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee
Hunter Reese, Tennessee
Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt

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