April 25, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Three Commodore men's tennis student-athletes earned All-Southeastern Conference honors, it was announced Thursday morning by the league office.
Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin were each named to the All-SEC First Team, while Kris Yee was an All-Freshman Team honoree. Lipman and Austin are the 17th and 18th Commodores to be named first team all conference.
"We are very proud of Ryan (Lipman) and AJ (Austin) for earning First Team All-SEC honors; they are both very deserving," said Vanderbilt head coach Ian Duvenhage. "Kris (Yee) has had a phenomenal year and he is very deserving of being on the All-SEC freshman team which may be the strongest All-SEC freshman team ever."
Tennessee's Mikelis Libietis was named SEC Player of the Year, while South Carolina head coach Josh Goffi took home Coach of the Year honors. The Freshman of the Year went to Mississippi State's Romain Bogaerts.
Lipman is now a three-time First Team All-SEC honoree after taking home first team honors as a freshman and sophomore. The Nashville native leads Vanderbilt with an overall singles record of 28-10, including an 18-6 mark in dual play. Lipman played the entire SEC season in the No. 1 position and went 8-4 during the conference slate. He is currently ranked 13th in the country in singles and at one point late in the season ranked as high as No. 10. Lipman was 6-5 this season versus ranked opponents, including three wins over players ranked in the top 20. The redshirt junior has a career singles record of 75-35.
Peter Lamb is the only other Vanderbilt player to earn First Team All-SEC honors three times.
Austin earned All-SEC First Team honors for the first time in his Vanderbilt career. The sophomore was named to the All-SEC Second Team and All-SEC Freshman Team last season. This season, Austin compiled an overall singles record of 23-12, while posting a 14-9 record in dual action. Austin went 4-4 versus nationally-ranked opponents, while playing in the No. 2 singles position. He defeated Kentucky's 24th-ranked Tom Jomby in helping the Commodores upset No. 8 Kentucky in the 2012-13 home finale. The Miami, Fla., native is currently ranked 47th in the ITA singles rankings.
Yee is the third Commodore to be named to the SEC All-Freshman Team since the conference began selecting it in 2008. The Las Vegas, Nev., native has put together a 24-5 record during his first season, including an impressive team-leading 19-2 mark in dual play. At one point during the season, Yee won 16 consecutive singles matches.
Vanderbilt is waiting to see who its opponent will be in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The field will be announced on Tuesday, April 30, at 4 p.m. CT. First round action then begins at campus sites on Saturday, May 11.