April 27, 2005
Nine Men Recognized on All-MIAA Teams
Courtesy of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Conference champion Southwest Baptist University is well-represented on the first team All-MIAA tennis selections, getting recognition for five singles flights and three doubles flights in a vote of the league's coaches.
Leading the way for the Bearcats (15-11, 4-0 MIAA) were two unanimous selections in singles -- senior No. 1 Dante Cipulli and freshman No. 2 Daniel Prerad.
Cipulli, the No. 1-ranked player in Division II according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, also picked up conference Most Valuable Player honors for the second time in two seasons.
Meanwhile, Prerad was chosen as the MIAA's Freshman of the Year. He also teamed with sophomore Hunter Emmott as a unanimous choice at No. 2 doubles. Emmott was also picked up first team honors at No. 4 singles.
In fact, all three SBU doubles teams were unanimous selections -- Cipulli and senior Johan Nortje at No. 1 along with junior Peter Joos and freshman Brian Bajema at No. 3. Joos (No. 3) and Nortje (No. 5) also made the first team in singles.
The only first-teamers not from Southwest Baptist were freshman Lucas Aribani of Northwest Missouri State (12-13, 3-1 MIAA) at No. 4 singles and senior Steve Jones of Truman (12-9, 1-3 MIAA) at No. 6 singles.
Northwest had six selections on the second team. Sophomore Pablo Acebedo made it at No. 2 singles while freshman Jake Saulsbury did so at No. 5 singles.
Like SBU on the first team, Northwest swept the second-team doubles -- Acebedo and sophomore Chris Smith at No. 1, freshmen Jon Eric Meyer and Henrique Tomaz at No. 2 along with Saulsbury and Aribani at No. 3.
SBU's Bajema picked up second-team recognition at No. 6 singles, as did freshman Rick Vleeshovwers of Washburn (7-9, 2-2 MIAA) at No. 1 and Truman sophomore Ryan Cope at No. 3.
Senior Ryne Wheatcroft of Emporia State (1-16, 0-4 MIAA) was selected as the Sportsmanship Award winner, while SBU head coach John Bryant was chosen by his peers as Coach of the Year after his squad won the MIAA for the third straight season.
First Team (Two selected at No. 4 singles due to tie in voting) Fl. Yr. Hometown+#Dante Cipulli, SBU 1S/1D Sr. Tucuman, Argentina+#Daniel Prerad, SBU 2S/2D Fr. Perth, Australia#Peter Joos, SBU 3S/3D Jr. Budapest, HungaryLucas Aribani, NWMSU 4S Fr. San Pablo, Brazil#Hunter Emmott, SBU 4S/2D So. Tomball, Texas#Johan Nortje, SBU 5S/1D Jr. Port Elizabeth, So. Africa#teve Jones, TSU 6S Sr. St. Louis, Mo.#Brian Bajema, SBU 3D Fr. St. Louis, Mo. +=Unanimous selection in singles#=Unanimous selection in doubles Second Team Rick Vleeshouwers, WU 1S Fr. Weert, The NetherlandsPablo Acebedo, NWMSU 2S/1D So. Barcelona, SpainRyan Cope, TSU 3S So. Leawood, Kan.Nathan Martin, WU 4S Fr. Salina, Kan.Jake Saulsbury, NWMSU 5S/3D Fr. Lexington, Neb.Brian Bajema, SBU 6S Fr. St. Louis, Mo.Chris Smith, NWMSU 1D So. Johannesburg, So. AfricaJon Eric Meyer, NWMSU 2D Fr. Columbia, Mo.Henrique Tomaz, NWMSU 2D Fr. Rio de Janeiro, BrazilLucas Aribani, NWMSU 3D Fr. San Pablo, Brazil Honorable Mention Henrique Tomaz, NWMSU 1S Fr. Rio de Janeiro, BrazilBrad Martin, TSU 2S/2D Jr. Leawood, Kan.Rutger Vliegenberg, WU 2S/1D Fr. Mierlo, The NetherlandsChris Smith, NWMSU 3S So. Johannesburg, So. AfricaSean Cooper, TSU 4S/2D Jr. Springfield, Mo.Tyler Kinder, WU 5S/3D Jr. Topeka, Kan.Jon Eric Meyer, NWMSU 6S Fr. Columbia, Mo.Blake Edwards, WU 6S/3D Jr. Columbia, Mo.Ryan Cope, TSU 1D So. Leawood, Kan.Tyler Wood, TSU 1D Jr. Columbia, Mo.Rick Vleeshovwers, WU 1D Fr. Weert, The NetherlandsNathan Martin, WU 2D Fr. Salina, Kan.Andrew Plum, WU 2D Fr. Dallas, Texas Most Valuable Player: Dante Cipulli, SBU Freshmen of the Year: Daniel Prerad, SBU Sportsmanship Award: Ryne Wheatcroft, ESU, Sr., Winfield, Kan. Coach of the Year: John Bryant, SBU Legend: Flights are abbreviated by number and event (e.g., 1S=No. 1 singles, 2D=No. 2 doubles).
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