ATLANTA (April 27, 2018) – The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced the 2018 All-SAA Men's Tennis awards, Friday. The award winners were selected exclusively by the league's head coaches.
Junior Jack Gray of Sewanee was named SAA Player of the Year. Arpit Maini of Centre was named the SAA Newcomer of the Year while John Shackelford was named the SAA Coach of the Year.
A former SAA Newcomer of the Year and All-SAA First-Team member, Gray finished with a 12-5 record in singles which included a perfect 4-0 mark in SAA action. Additionally, Gray had singles wins over ranked teams Kalamazoo, N.C. Wesleyan, Mary Washington, Coe, Swarthmore, Stevens Institute of Technology, Tufts, and league rival Millsaps.
In doubles, Gray was 15-10 overall which included a win over the No. 3 ranked doubles team in the nation.
Maini had an outstanding season in his first year at Centre. The Colonel freshman posted a 3-3 record in SAA action at No. 1. That included a win over all-conference selection Marti-Vertiz of Millsaps and Motz of Oglethorpe. He also played No. 1 doubles with wins over Millsaps and OU.
Finally, after leading Sewanee to its sixth straight SAA Championship Shackelford earned his second SAA Coach of the Year honor. The long-time Tiger leader led Sewanee to a 22-5 record. Sewanee had wins over six ranked teams and posted another unbeaten record in conference action.
For a complete list of honorees, please click the link above.
About the SAA
The SAA is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and is committed to fostering athletic competition and cooperation among academically selective, residential liberal arts colleges located in the southeastern region of the United States. The SAA core members include Berry College, Birmingham-Southern College, Centre College, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Oglethorpe University, Rhodes College, and the University of the South.
The SAA also has affiliate memberships with Transylvania University, Concordia Wisconsin, and Ferrum College in field hockey and Trinity University and Austin College in the sport of football.