Botha and O'Shaughnessey Earn All-SEC Honors; Proskura Named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Daniil Proskura

April 25, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The men's tennis team was well represented in the 2013 Southeastern Conference awards, which were announced by the league office on Thursday. Daniil Proskura was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Jarryd Botha earned All-SEC Second Team Honors and Becker O'Shaughnessey All-SEC Second Team recognition, in addition to All-Freshman Team accolades.

"I'm extremely proud of Jarryd, Daniil and Becker," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "All three guys have greatly contributed to the success of our team this year, and it's an honor for them to be recognized by the SEC coaches."

Proskura has collected a team-high tying 16 singles wins in dual match play, which includes an 11-2 record from the No. 3 position. His biggest win of the season came last week in the SEC Championships, where he knocked off 16th-ranked Jonas Lutjen of Mississippi in straight sets. In doubles, Proskura and O'Shaughnessey have won their last four straight, including a 9-7 victory against Georgia to clinch the doubles point against the third-ranked Bulldogs. Proskura holds a 3.843 GPA in finance and was a 2012 ITA Scholar Athlete and member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He's made the Dean's list in three semesters and the President's List once.

"Daniil is a tireless worker both in the classroom and on the tennis courts," said Husack. "He has such high expectations that have not only pushed himself, but his coaches and teammates. He has led by example in every sense of the word, and I feel very fortunate to have him on this team."

Botha, the Tide's team captain, is ranked nationally in both singles and doubles playing at the top spot in both for Alabama in his senior season. He has won five singles and five doubles matches against nationally-ranked opponents and is second on the team with 28 overall singles wins in addition to 20 doubles victories. Most recently, Botha clinched the Tide's 4-3 win at the SEC Championship over sixth-ranked Mississippi, beating the Rebels' 15th-ranked Nik Scholtz, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-5.

"Jarryd told me over the summer that he wanted to make sure his senior year was his best," explained Husack. "In turn I told him that I'd lean heavily on him for leadership and make sure that the coaching staff did everything we could to give him opportunities to be successful. Well, the proof is in the pudding as he has worked his tail off and his stats show what a turnaround he has had from last season, while the 'C' on his uniform has signified the courage and commitment he has had as team captain."

O'Shaughnessey leads the team in singles wins with 29 and doubles victories with 25 and is ranked nationally in both categories. He has won six singles matches against nationally-ranked competition in singles and holds a 4-1 record versus ranked foes in doubles. O'Shaughnessey earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on Feb. 6, after helping the Tide to a pair of wins against Cornell and Harvard, while playing at the No. 1 spot in singles and doubles. Other notable wins for O'Shaughnessey include a 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1 win over Auburn's 85th-ranked Lukas Ollert to clinch the Tide's 4-3 win against the Tigers and a 6-3, 6-7(7), 7-5 victory over Mississippi's Stefan Lindmark at the SEC Championship to tie the match at 3-3.

"Becker showed us early on that he was going to be a special player," said Husack. "From his tournament play in the fall through the dual match season, he has eaten up the college experience. There's much more for him to learn and experience, and we're excited to see his development and accomplishments in the years ahead."

Coach of the Year: Josh Goffi, South Carolina
Player of the Year: Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee
Freshman of the Year: Romain Bogaerts, Mississippi State
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Daniil Proskura, Alabama

All-SEC First Team
Andreas Mies, Auburn
Nathan Pasha, Georgia
KU Singh, Georgia
Ben Wagland, Georgia
Tom Jomby, Kentucky
Anthony Rossi, Kentucky
Jonas Lutjen, Mississippi
Nik Scholtz, Mississippi
Romain Bogaerts, Mississippi State
Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee
Hunter Reese, Tennessee
Jeremy Efferding, Texas A&M
Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt
Ryan Lipman, Vanderbilt

All-SEC Second Team
Jarryd Botha, Alabama
Becker O'Shaughnessey, Alabama
Daniel Cochrane, Auburn
Florent Diep, Florida
Stephane Piro, Florida
Chris Simpson, LSU
Stefan Szacinski, LSU
William Kallberg, Mississippi
Malte Stropp, Mississippi State
Andrew Adams, South Carolina
Tsvetan Mihov, South Carolina
Thiago Pinheiro, South Carolina
Jarryd Chaplin, Tennessee
Harry Adams, Texas A&M
Shane Vinsant, Texas A&M

All-Freshman Team
Becker O'Shaughnessey, Alabama
Ben Wagland, Georgia
Romain Bogaerts, Mississippi State
Harry Adams, Texas A&M
Shane Vinsant, Texas A&M
Kris Yee, Vanderbilt