ODAC Announces All-ODAC Men's Tennis Awards

ODAC Announces All-ODAC Men's Tennis Awards

FOREST, Va. --- Washington and Lee University, winners of 41 overall and 13 straight ODAC men's tennis titles, headline the 2022-23 All-ODAC Men's Tennis Awards with a league-best eight all-conference team honors and one additional special honor. 

Generals' sophomore Evan Erb earned ODAC Player of the Year laurels from the league's head coaches. Shenandoah University mentor Jason Cole earned ODAC Coach of the Year recognition from his peers. Guilford College first-year Andres Mercedes was tabbed the ODAC Rookie of the Year. Averett University junior Philipp Bohnenkamp was selected as the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the conference's athletic communications personnel.

There is a large amount of new award winners this season, which makes sense with runner-up and ODAC newcomer Averett adding to that list with three players picking up four honors. Still, there are plenty of repeat stars familiar to ODAC fans. Erb and Generals' teammate Connor Coleman repeat as All-ODAC First Team honorees in the singles ranks, while Erb and partner Evan Brady are first teamers again in doubles play. Virginia Wesleyan University sophomore Cam Perry moved up to the first team from 2022 the All-ODAC Second Team.

University of Lynchburg senior Levi Vigdorchik is a repeat honoree on the second team. Four standouts from W&L appear on the second team after assignments to the singles contingent on the first team last year -- Brady, Will Kistler, Eli Hirshberg, and James Kurani.

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Erb, a sophomore from St. Louis, Mo., adds this year's Player of the Year award to two straight first team honors in his two seasons in Lexington. Erb currently owns an 18-5 record in all singles matches with more to come in the NCAA Division III Championship team tournament and possibly in the singles and/or doubles draws. Erb, the fourth-ranked player in the Atlantic South Region singles rankings by the ITA, is 14-2 in top flight matches. He was unbeaten against ODAC competition, going 5-0 overall. In doubles play, Erb has competed with Evan Brady in 31 total matches, going 24-7 overall. They are the seventh-ranked pair in the region. Erb and Brady are 15-5 in matches at the top flight and went 7-0 in conference play. They competed in the ITA Cup after finishing second at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships. After falling in the ITA Cup round of 16, they won a consolation match against a tandem from RPI.

Cole completed his fourth season guiding the Shenandoah men's and women's tennis programs. This is his first ODAC top coaching honor in either sport. Cole has seen the men's program rise during his tenure. The Hornets went 0-1 against conference teams in the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season. She improved to 4-4 in 2021 and were 3-6 in 2022. But the 2023 edition of SU men's tennis skyrocketed to 7-2 in league play, earning them the third seed in the ODAC Tournament. This year's third-place finish is the program's best showing since joining the ODAC prior to the 2012-13 season.

Mercedes, a first-year from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, pairs this honor with an All-ODAC Second Team selection at #1 singles and a second team assignment with partner Tye Sasser at #1 doubles. Mercedes went 6-2 against ODAC opponents this year, all from the top flight. He was 8-7 in all singles matches, playing as the Quakers #1 participant in all matches. Mercedes and Sasser were a consistent doubles tandem all season, posting a 9-10 record together that featured and 8-8 mark at #1 doubles. They were 5-3 against ODAC competition.

Bohnenkamp, a junior from Essen, Germany, is the first ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete from Averett University since the Cougars became a full-time member of the conference prior to the 2022-23 academic year. In the classroom, Bohnenkamp maintains a 3.96 grade point average as a business accounting major. The men's tennis representative on Averett's SAAC is a multiple academic all-conference honoree from the Cougars time in the USA South and is an Academic All-District nominee. He received Averett Athletics 2022-23 Top Junior Male GPA award and received the men's tennis team's service award at Averett Athetics' Night of Champions. He is a finalist for Averett Athletics' Dr. Frank Campbell Sportsmanship Award.

On the court, Bohnenkamp went 8-3 in all singles matches including 4-1 in conference play. He was 2-0 at both #4 and #5 singles and 1-1 at #6. In doubles play, Bohnenkamp partnered with four different AU teammates on the way to a 9-5 overall mark. He and Theodor Garmo, his most frequent partner, went 6-2 together.

Listed below is the full set of All-ODAC Men's Tennis Awards.  For more information, visit the websites of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.

ODAC Player of the Year: Evan Erb, So., Washington and Lee
ODAC Coach of the Year: Jason Cole, Shenandoah
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Andres Mercedes, Fy., Guilford
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Philipp Bohnenkamp, Jr., Averett

#1 Singles: Shori Nishizoe, So., Averett
#1 Singles: Evan Erb, So., Washington and Lee*
#2 Singles: Jorge Figueroa, Sr., Averett
#2 Singles: Artem Babaiev, Fy., Shenandoah
#3 Singles: Dominick Suwak, Fy., Shenandoah
#4 Singles: Prabjeet Chandhok, Fy., Averett
#5 Singles: Connor Coleman, Jr., Washington and Lee*
#6 Singles: Cam Perry, So., Virginia Wesleyan^
#1 Doubles: Shenandoah: Artem Babaiev, Fy. / Jovan Cirkovic, Gr.
#1 Doubles: Washington and Lee: Evan Brady, Sr.* / Evan Erb, So.*
#2 Doubles: Averett: Jorge Figueroa, Sr. / Shori Nishizoe, So.
#3 Doubles: Washington and Lee: Connor Coleman, Jr. / James Kurani, So.
#1 Singles: Andres Mercedes, Fy., Guilford
#1 Singles: Levi Vigdorchik, Sr., Lynchburg^
#2 Singles: Will Kistler, So., Washington and Lee*
#3 Singles: Evan Brady, Sr., Washington and Lee*
#4 Singles: Keith Orr, Jr., Shenandoah
#4 Singles: Eli Hirshberg, So., Washington and Lee*
#5 Singles: Christian Zepeda, So., Lynchburg
#6 Singles: James Kurani, So., Washington and Lee*
#1 Doubles: Guilford: Andres Mercedes, Fy. / Tye Sasser, Jr.
#1 Doubles: Lynchburg: Alex Rintoul, Fy. / Levi Vigdorchik, Sr.
#2 Doubles: Shenandoah: Keith Orr, Jr. / Dominick Suwak, Fy.
#3 Doubles: Lynchburg: Dan Hardy, Fy. / Sebastian Sierra Valencia, Fy.
* 2022 All-ODAC First Team
^ 2022 All-ODAC Second Team