Bulls Claim All-Conference Accolades
TAMPA (May 1, 2014) – Three USF men’s tennis players were named to the All-American Athletic Conference team while head coach Matt Hill was named the Coach of the Year it was announced by the league Thursday afternoon.
Roberto Cid and Oliver Pramming were named to the All-Conference singles team while Cid and partner Sasha Gozun were selected to the doubles team.
Cid, who was also named the Conference Player of the Year, has played the majority of the season at the top singles position for USF posting a 21-4 mark on the season including a 19-3 record in dual matches this spring. The sophomore has gone 7-4 this year against ranked opponents including two over Connor Glennon of Memphis.
Cid was named the Conference Player of the Week a league high three times and his 45th national ranking is the highest amongst conference players. The sophomore will also be competing in the NCAA Singles Championship beginning on May 21.
Pramming has had a strong sophomore campaign and has really come on of late. For the spring season, he is boasting a 14-10 record but is 10-3 over his last 13 matches including a ranked win during that stretch. Pramming won the decisive match in the American Athletic Conference Championship match to give USF the inaugural championship. After dropping the first set, the Denmark native railed to win the final two sets propelling USF to victory.
Gozun along with partner Cid have had a terrific spring season. The duo are currently 16-5 on the year and are currently ranked 45th. The pair have posted a 4-3 record against ranked opponents and were leading the number 8 ranked tandem in the American Athletic Conference championship before the doubles point was decided.
Hill was named The American’s Coach of the Year after he led the Bulls to the conference title and a spot in the NCAA Championship. USF takes an 18-6 record into its NCAA tournament appearance since 2009. The Bulls are ranked No. 22 in the nation, the highest in school history and the highest among American Athletic Conference schools.
The American named seven singles players and seven doubles players to the All-Conference Team. Cid was one of two players to be named All-Conference in both singles and doubles. USF, Memphis, and Louisville all had three players each recognized.
American Athletic Conference Player of the Year
Roberto Cid, So., USF *
American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year
Inaki Espindola, UCF
American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
Matt Hill, USF
Francesc Aulina, Jr., UCF
Sebastian Stiefelmeyer, Jr., Louisville
Connor Glennon, Jr., Memphis
Joe Salisbury, Sr., Memphis
Arturs Kazijevs, Jr., SMU *
Roberto Cid, So., USF *
Oliver Pramming, Jr., USF
* unanimous selection