WVWC’s Dodero Fernandez and Papworth earn First Team MEC Tennis honors

BRIDGEPORT — Charleston swept the top honors as the Mountain East Conference released as the league announced its men's tennis awards and all-conference teams on Friday.

UC's John Giesberts was selected as the Player of the Year, while teammate Frantisek Pirek was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year. Golden Eagles coach Matt Santen was voted as the conference's Coach of the Year.

Giesberts, a junior from Burgdoff, Germany, went 10-2 overall this season with a perfect 6-0 record in conference play at No. 1 singles for UC. He's ranked No. 47 in the country in singles and has an 8-1 record inside the Atlantic Region.

Pirek, a native of Prague, Czech Republic, went 8-3 overall this season and went 5-1 in conference play at No. 2 singles. posted a 4-2 in No. 1 doubles in the MEC.

Santen is the MEC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after guiding the Golden Eagles to the MEC regular season title. Charleston is also among the teams "under consideration" for a berth in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament. The Golden Eagles are the No. 1 seed for this week's MEC Tournament to be played at Schoenbaum Courts in Charleston, W.Va.

In addition to Giesberts and Pirek, UC's Marshall Dagostine also had a spot on the first team. Fairmont State's duo of Bartosz Losiak and Gui Pachane also earned first team honors, along with West Virginia Wesleyan's Carlos Dodero Fernandez and Taylor Papworth. West Liberty's Anton Shulz also had a spot on the first team.

The second team consists of Gianluca Gerndt (WLU), Origen Grear (FROST), Alvaro Legoinha (DE), Jake Magil (UC), Isfan Makhmudov (WLU), Alex Martinez (UC), Krish Patel (UC), Camillo Salvi (WVWC), Harry Simaioforidis (WVWC) and David Velayos (FAIR).

The All-MEC teams and awards are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.

All-MEC First Team

Name School Cl.

Marshall Dagostine Charleston Fr.

Carlos Dodero Fernandez W.Va. Wesleyan Sr.

John Giesberts Charleston Jr.

Bartosz Losiak Fairmont State Jr.

Gui Pachane Fairmont State Sr.

Taylor Papworth W.Va. Wesleyan So.

Frantisek Pirek Charleston Fr.

Anton Shulz West Liberty Sr.

All-MEC Second Team

Name School Cl.

Gianluca Gerndt West Liberty So.

Origen Grear Frostburg State Fr.

Alvaro Legoinha Davis & Elkins Jr.

Jake Magil Charleston Fr.

Isfan Makhmudov West Liberty Fr.

Alex Martinez Charleston Fr.

Krish Patel Charleston Fr.

Camillo Salvi W.Va. Wesleyan So.

Harry Simaioforidis W.Va. Wesleyan Sr.

David Velayos Fairmont State Fr.

Player of the Year: John Giesberts (Charleston)

Freshman of the Year: Frantisek Pirek (Charleston)

Coach of the Year: Matt Santen (Charleston)



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