April 22, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With the conclusion of the 2014 Southeastern Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Tournaments the conference has announced the All-Tournament teams for both sides. Gonzales Austin for the men and Ashleigh Antal for the women received All-Tournament recognition. For the Vanderbilt men, Austin is its first All-Tournament team selection, while Antal is the second for the Vanderbilt women.
The SEC All-Tournament team is made up of players from each school in the tournament semifinals. All-Tournament team selection began in 2010, prior to that there was just one Tournament MVP named each season.
Austin led the 23rd-ranked Vanderbilt men's tennis team to the semifinals after posting a perfect 3-0 singles record and 2-0 doubles record, while taking down No. 40 Auburn and No. 9 Georgia before falling to No. 15 Florida. It was the first trip to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the Vanderbilt men's team since 2003, when they were crowed tournament champions. That season Bobby Reynolds was named SEC Tournament MVP.
Austin, the Miami, Fla. native receives the first SEC Tournament honor for the Vandy men since Reynolds' MVP award 11 years ago. Through the 2014 SEC Tournament, the Vanderbilt junior has posted a record of 27-8, while putting up a record of 14-5 against ranked opponents. In doubles, he has a record of 26-6 alongside partner Ryan Lipman.
Antal led the 11th-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team to the semifinals for the first time since 2011. With their win over Kentucky in the first round the Commodores have now won at least one match in the SEC Tournament for 14 consecutive seasons. Antal was a perfect 2-0 in singles, posting the only win against No. 6 Georgia in the semifinals. The Vandy junior is the second Commodore to be named to the All-Tournament team on the women's side, following Alex Leatu who earned the honor in 2011.
Antal has posted a career best 25 singles wins in 2014, while also posting a record of 21-17 in doubles this season. Between both singles and doubles, Antal has picked up seven wins against ranked opponents.
Both Austin and Antal will look to continue leading their respective teams in the NCAA tournament, beginning the weekend of May 9.
The NCAA selection show is set for April 29 at 5 p.m. for the men and 5:30 p.m. for the women. Both the Vanderbilt men and women have hopes of hosting the first and second rounds in Nashville at the Currey Tennis Center.