May 6, 2013

WENNAKOSKI, KOSTIN HIGHLIGHT VCU’S ATLANTIC 10 AWARDS

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – On top of the many expansion projects on the desk of VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin, the VCU Men's Tennis team might need to expand their trophy case as they continue to  pile up the awards.

Senior Max Wennakoski, the 2013 Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Player, and Head Coach Paul Kostin, the 2013 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, highlighted another big day for the Rams as five different players earned all-conference recognition.

Along with Wennakoski, juniors Alejandro Argente and Alexis Heugas were named to the Atlantic 10 First Team, while senior Jaime Vazquez and freshman Michal Voscek earned spots on the Atlantic 10 Second Team.

Wennakoski is coming off a historic season with 32 overall wins, fifth most in a single-season in school history, and was ranked as high as #14 in the ITA singles rankings. He enters this weekend with a 32-9 overall record and 20-4 this spring, 12 of which came at the top spot in VCU's singles lineup. He took down five ranked players this spring, including Georgia's Nathan Pasha, who was #19 at the time.

Heugas also had a tremendous season with 28 overall wins, which ranks 10th all-time in a single-season in school history, and was ranked among the top-75 players in the country for most of the spring. He went  18-4 this spring on the singles court, while also  earning a top-40 doubles ranking with freshman Dylan McCloskey. He has won 14 of his past 15 singles matches entering this weekend's NCAA Tournament.

Argente battled injuries all spring long, but won two of his three matches at the Atlantic 10 Tournament to help propel VCU to the title. He finished the spring 15-9, playing at five different spots in VCU"s lineup. He also teamed with Vazquez to form a top-40 doubles  duo for much of the spring.

Vazquez saved her best season for last with 19 overall singles wins and 20 overall doubles victories. He went undefeated at the Atlantic 10 Tournament, 2-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles.

Voscek had a stellar debut season with 21 overall singles victories, marking the first VCU freshman in the past five years to reach 20-plus singles victories. The newcomer went 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles at the Atlantic 10 Tournament, not losing an Atlantic 10 set all spring long.

The Rams travel to Charlottesville this weekend to take on Minnesota on Friday afternoon. VCU toppled the Golden Gophers earlier in the year, 4-2.

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