Men's Tennis - Fri. May. 25, 2012
MOBILE, Ala. ----- Highlighted by first-team All-American selection Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff, the Auburn University at Montgomery men's tennis team landed four of its members on the 2012 NAIA All-America squad, the national office announced Friday.
Also earning the prestigious honor was junior Bence Toth, who garnered second-team accolades, as well as sophomore Josh Reason and freshman Marlu Jansen Van Vuuren, who earned honorable mention honors.
Players were selected by the All-America committee. The list of honorees includes 16 student-athletes on each of the first and second teams, plus 18 honorable mentions.
In his first season with the Warhawks, Pinones-Haltenhoff held down the top spot in the singles line up and responded with a 20-4 record at the position, despite starting the season 0-2. He finished the season with a seven-match winning streak and was 8-2 against ranked opponents, including five wins against top-10 singles players. In doubles, the Barcelona, Spain, native, posted a 19-6 record, teaming primarily with Zinelabidine Jouini at the No. 2 position, where the duo finished 16-2.
Pinones-Haltenhoff earned Southern States Athletic Conference Player and Freshman of the Year honors, as well as first-team all-conference accolades in singles and doubles. In the latest rankings by the International Tennis Association, Pinones-Haltenhoff is currently the No. 7 rated singles player in the NAIA. The final rankings will be released on May 28.
Toth garnered All-American honors for the third season overall and second straight on the second team. The most experienced player returning for the Warhawks, Toth posted a 15-8 record in singles matches, playing nearly exclusively at the No. 2 position. The Budapest, Hungary, native also notched 10 doubles victories.
After seeing action in only seven matches as a freshman, Reason settled in nicely at the No. 3 position in the middle of the AUM singles line up. The Bristol, England, native, recorded a 15-9 mark in singles play, with all 15 victories coming at the No. 3 spot. He also finished with eight doubles victories, five of which came at the top spot.
Also a newcomer to the team, Jansen Van Vuuren was a model of consistency among the team, posting 20 singles wins and 10 doubles victories in his inaugural season. In singles play, he finished 20-4, playing primarily at the No. 4 position. The East London, South Africa, native also finished 10-14 in doubles play, finding the majority of his success when teamed with Matias Dasso, as the duo won six matches together.
The Warhawks finished the 2012 season with a 17-8 record, falling in the NAIA Tournament quarterfinals to Azusa Pacific. As a team, AUM finished 100-44 in singles matches and 38-37 in doubles play.