April 28, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The West Coast Conference announced its 2011 All-WCC Men's Tennis Team and postseason award winners, as voted on by the conference coaches on Wednesday, April 27. The 2010-11 men's tennis season proved to be one for the history books, as it not only saw a WCC champion in San Diego rise for the first time since 1989 but also marked the first time in conference history that San Diego swept all three postseason awards.
San Diego senior Dean Jackson ended his impressive collegiate career with WCC Player of the Year honors after stringing together a team-best 32-7 record this season and landing at No. 32 in this week's ITA singles rankings. Jackson was also an All-American in 2009 and was named WCC Freshman of the Year in 2008.
Teammate Clarke Spinosa earned this year's Freshman of the Year honors, making it just the third time in conference history that a Torero has been named Freshman of the Year. Spinosa came to San Diego from Claremont High School in Claremont, Calif. and made an immediate impact, playing primarily at the No. 4 singles spot and posting a 28-6 overall singles record, tying the record for most overall singles wins by a freshman in Torero history.
Head coach Brett Masi earned his first Coach of the Year award in just his second year at the helm. After his first year with the Toreros (finishing third in the 2010 WCC Championships), Masi quickly led his team to their first WCC Championship since 1989, earning the conference's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
The 2011 all-conference first team was selected by the conference coaches, based on overall season performance. All-WCC Second Team members were chosen based on the same criteria, plus performance at the recent WCC Championships.
Pepperdine and San Diego made up six of the seven spots on the All-WCC First Team. Santa Clara was the only other team to have a first team member on the list in Kyle Dandan, who moved up from last year's All-WCC second team after playing the top spot for the Broncos all year and ending the competitive season with a 10-10 dual record.
This year's all-conference doubles list saw all new faces. The Torero pair of Dean Jackson and Patrick Pohlmann (12-3) ended the regular season as the top ranked doubles team in the conference at No. 13.
Pepperdine's No. 3 doubles pair of Sebastian Fanselow and Jenson Turner is currently ranked No. 51 in the ITA rankings after tallying an 18-1 record and going 9-1 in their last 10 matches together.
The Saint Mary's duo of Gavin Leon and Maxime Olivan rounded out the first team after a strong campaign at the top spot for the Gaels, going 9-3 on the season and 8-2 in their last 10 matches. The pair also finished with a 4-2 record in conference play.
Below is the full list of All-WCC First and Second Team members in singles and doubles, including honorable mention.
2011 WCC Men's Tennis Postseason Award Winners
Player of the Year: Dean Jackson, San Diego
Freshman of the Year: Clarke Spinosa
Coach of the Year: Brett Masi, San Diego
All-WCC First Team Singles
Alex Llompart, Pepperdine
Dean Jackson, San Diego
Finn Tearney, Pepperdine
Kyle Dandan, Santa Clara
Nikola Bubnic, San Diego
Patrick Pohlmann, San Diego
Sebastian Fanselow, Pepperdine
All-WCC Second Team Singles
Alex Ferrero, Portland
Clarke Spinosa, San Diego
Lucas Tirelli, Saint Mary's
Maxime Armengaud, Santa Clara
Nicholas Bjerke, Loyola Marymount
Honorable Mention: John Lamble, SCU; Levin Guillermo, GON; Mark De Castro, USF; Maxime Olivan, SMC; Ola Bakke, USF; Thibaut Visy, USD; Tom Pham, SCU
All-WCC First Team Doubles
Dean Jackson/Patrick Pohlmann, San Diego
Jenson Turner/Sebastian Fanselow, Pepperdine
Gavin Leon/Maxime Olivan, Saint Mary's
All-WCC Second Team Doubles
Clarke Spinosa/Thibaut Visy, San Diego
Mark De Castro/Richard Bucalem, San Francisco
Nikola Bubnic/Nils Schive, San Diego
Honorable Mention: Aris Andreasian/Nicholas Bjerke, LMU; Jacob Hartwig/Ola Bakke, USF