Upstate Earns Three ASUN Men’s Tennis Postseason Honors

Upstate Earns Three ASUN Men’s Tennis Postseason Honors

Fort Myers, Fla. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team was well represented on Thursday when the ASUN Conference announced its postseason All-Conference awards during a ceremony held on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast as Felix Ewers, Fernando Bernardes and Francisco Neto were recognized by the league.

Ewers was named Second Team All-Conference at the No. 1 singles position, while Bernardes and Neto were both recognized on the All-Freshman Team.

Ewers posted a 7-12 singles record this season with each of his 12 matches coming at the No. 1 position. The junior won five of his first six singles matches to begin the season with four of those five coming in straight sets. The five victories came against Presbyterian College, Coastal Carolina, Radford, Wofford and UNC Wilmington. He also added another non-conference win over UT Rio Grande Valley before closing out the regular season with a straight set victory against ASUN opponent NJIT. The Dortmund, Germany native became the first Upstate men's tennis player since 2014 to be named ASUN Player of the Week after earning the recognition on Feb. 1.

As a freshman, Neto ranked second on the team in singles play with an 11-9 record and tied for the team-lead with a 4-2 conference mark. He had five wins playing at No. 6 and four at No. 5. Neto finished the regular season on a two match winning streak, and won his first four matches to begin the season against Presbyterian College, Coastal Carolina, Radford and Wofford. He captured his opening two conference matches of the year versus Lipscomb and Florida Gulf Coast, and closed out with wins over Stetson and NJIT. Neto ranked tied for third in the ASUN this season in winning percentage at No. 4 singles and tied for third in No. 6 singles winning percentage. In doubles play, he ranked third on the team with eight wins and earned two victories in ASUN play. The Belo Horizonte, Brazil native had seven of his eight doubles wins at No. 3 including two against conference opponents Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson.

Bernardes finished the regular season fifth on the team with six singles wins including two against conference opponents. The Franca, Brazil native compiled three wins each at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles positions, and five of his six singles wins came in straight sets. He captured back-to-back singles wins over Furman and Gardner-Webb, and also won non-conference matches versus Wofford and Lamar. Bernardes was also victories ten times, second-best on the team, in doubles play and tied for first with four conference doubles wins. Five of his doubles victories came at No. 1 and went unbeaten with a 4-0 record at No. 2. Bernardes won six of his first seven doubles matches to start the season.

Ewers is the 15th Spartan men's tennis player in program history to be selected ASUN All-Conference, while Neto and Bernardes are the eighth and ninth players, respectively, named to the All-Freshman Team.

ASUN First Team All-Conference
Jack Findel-Hawkins, North Florida*
Felipe Ramirez, FGCU*
Simon Pritchard, Kennesaw State*
Rob Mitchell, Lipscomb*
Jefta Kecic, North Florida
Yannick Zuern, North Florida
Loic Blanco, Stetson
Angus Bradshaw, Stetson

ASUN Second Team All-Conference
By Position (Singles)
#1 Felix Ewers, USC Upstate
#2 Alejandro Manzanares, Lipscomb
#3 Fermin Calvo Barcelo, Kennesaw State
#4 Ezequiel Cerrini, FGCU
#5 Sahil Deshmukh, North Florida
#6 Javier Fernandez, FGCU
By Position (Doubles)
#1 Lucas de Torres Curth, Kennesaw State
     Simon Pritchard
#2 Lasse Muscheites, North Florida
     Yannick Zuern
#3 Jonathan Deautriell, North Florida
     Sahil Deshmukh

ASUN All-Freshman Team
Felipe Ramirez, FGCU
Victor Chaw, Lipscomb
Aleksa Petrovic, NJIT
Fernando Bernardes, USC Upstate
Francisco Neto, USC Upstate
Angus Bradshaw, Stetson
Colter DeCoste, Stetson
William Shkrob, Stetson

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