Three Bobcats named to all-conference teams

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College seniors Travis VanHoy (Olin, N.C.) and Nandor Solymosi (Drebecen, Hungary) were named to the all-Conference Carolinas Men's Tennis Second Team, joining third team selection Pedro De Sousa Nunes (Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil), announced league officials on Thursday at the conference tournament banquet.

Lees-McRae (7-8, 6-2 CC) finished third in the conference regular season standings, earning the No. 3 seed in this weekend's Conference Carolinas Tournament. Queens University of Charlotte led the way with four selections, while Limestone College and No. 28 Lees-McRae each placed three players on the all-conference teams.

Queens' Christiaan Lee-Daigle garnered Player of the Year honors for the first time in his career, leading the Royals to the regular season championship. Erskine's Jack West received Freshman of the Year recognition, while Queens' Brett Karpman was honored as the Coach of the Year.

VanHoy has enjoyed a tremendous season for the Bobcats, registering six crucial victories in NCAA Division II play, including a hard-fought three-set victory over Limestone's Mike Stephenson. The two-time all-conference selection has won three of his last five doubles matches to close the regular season, including an 8-6 win while paired with Solymosi in the top flight matchup against Queens.

Solymosi is in the midst of another solid season for the Bobcats, earning his fourth straight all-conference selection, including three straight first team nods. A native of Drebecen, Hungary, Solymosi has posted a 7-2 record against NCAA Division II opponents this season, including a three-set victory over Augusta State's Bernardo Ferandes on Mar. 21. The 2009 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year has also recorded a 6-3 record in doubles play this season, including an 8-6 victory while paired with Solymosi in the top flight matchup against Queens.

Nunes has posted an impressive rookie season with the Bobcats, posting an 8-2 record at the No. 4 singles position. The freshman recorded perhaps his biggest win of the season on Apr. 3, defeating Limestone's Jordan Vicain in the fourth singles flight by a tally of 6-3, 6-2. A native of Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, Nunes has also posted a 5-4 record in doubles play this season, including a pivotal 9-8 (7-4) win in the second flight against Mount Olive on Mar. 14 while paired with VanHoy.

Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Friday when the third-seeded Bobcats travel to Sumter, S.C. to participate in the Conference Carolinas Tournament, hosted by Erskine College, against sixth-seeded Barton College at 9 a.m.

- LMC -

2011 All-Conference Carolinas Men's Tennis Teams

First Team:
Christiaan Lee-Daigle, Queens
Miguel Lopez, Limestone
Philip Lawson, Pfeiffer
Cesar Grobel, Barton
Mike Stevenson, Limestone
Dave Hannon, Queens

Second Team:
Travis Vanhoy, Lees-McRae
Nandor Solymosi, Lees-McRae
Rafael Ferla, Limestone
Diogo Sender, Mount Olive
Johan de Wit, Pfeiffer
Angelo Ciarrocchi, Erskine

Third Team:
Alexandre Queiros, Mount Olive
Raahil Dhruva, Queens
P.A. Desilets, Barton
Pedro De Sousa Nunes, Lees-McRae
Josh Bloch, Queens

Player of the Year:
Christiaan Lee-Daigle, Queens

Freshman of the Year:
Jack West, Erskine

Coach of the Year:
Brett Karpman, Queens

Regular Season Champions:
Queens University of Charlotte