June 25, 2014
O'SHAUGHNESSEY AND PROSKURA EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS IN DOUBLES
By virtue of their top-eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championship, Becker O'Shaughnessey
and Daniil Proskura
earned All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. They are the seventh pair in Crimson Tide history recognized as All-Americans and second in as many years as Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra
garnered the honors a year ago. O'Shaughnessey and Proskura had two successful seasons together, which started in 2013 and continued on into summer tournaments together. As the Tide's No. 1 duo, they had been ranked throughout the season and reached a high of No. 7 after defeating the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation in consecutive weeks.
CRIMSON TIDE REPRESENTED IN NCAA SINGLES AND DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
For the second year in a row, the Crimson Tide was represented in both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships with Daniil Proskura being selected to the singles field of 64 and Becker O'Shaughnessey and Proskura to the doubles field of 32.
ALABAMA FACES ONE OF THE NATION'S TOUGHEST SCHEDULES IN 2014
Alabama played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, taking on 21 opponents in the national rankings, including 10 in the top 25.
ITA RECOGNIZES O'SHAUGHNESSEY AND PROSKURA ON MEN'S TENNIS REGIONAL AWARDS LIST
Becker O'Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura were each recipients of Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional awards as Proskura repeated as the ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award winner for the southern region and added Senior Player of the Year honors, while O'Shaughnessey was named Player to Watch in the region. Proskura, a 2014 ITA Doubles All-American, earned a top-eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championship with O'Shaughnessey and was also selected to participate in the 2014 NCAA Singles Championship. He is a two-time Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned 2014 First Team All-SEC honors. Proskura, co-captain of the 2013-14 team, ranked as high as No. 12 nationally in singles and No. 7 nationally in doubles. He is a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. O'Shaughnessey, a 2014 ITA Doubles All-American and two-time Second Team All-SEC selection, has ranked as high as No. 51 in singles and No. 7 in doubles as a sophomore. He led the Crimson Tide with 22 overall singles wins, including 14 at the No. 2 singles position. Partnered with Proskura, the duo beat the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams in the nation in consecutive weeks, helping them earn a top-eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championship. O'Shaughnessey ended the dual-match season with five-consecutive victories, all of which came in straight sets and two against ranked opponents.
PROSKURA REPEATS AS SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR; ADDS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Daniil Proskura collected several big academic honors to close out his career, repeating as the Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in addition to being named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV At-Large Team. Proskura, co-captain of the 2014 squad, has excelled throughout his career at The Capstone both athletically and academically. Majoring in finance, he holds a 3.875 GPA and is a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Proskura was awarded the 2013 ITA Southern Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award as well as the 2014 H. Crow Memorial Scholarship in Real Estate at Alabama. He has made the President's List three semesters and the Dean's List for five semesters while also being a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
TIDE TRIO EARNS ALL-SEC HONORS FOR MEN'S TENNIS
Alabama had three players named All-Southeastern Conference performers for the 2014 season. Daniil Proskura was voted First Team All-SEC, the first for the Crimson Tide since 2010, while Becker O'Shaughnessey repeated as a member of the Second Team. Nikko Madregallejo also represented Alabama as he was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
O'SHAUGHNESSEY AND PROSKURA HOLD NATIONAL RANKINGS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Both Daniil Proskura and Becker O'Shaughnessey were nationally ranked throughout the season in singles and doubles. Proskura ranked as high as No. 12 in singles, while O'Shaughnessey reached a career-best of No. 51. Together, they formed one of the top doubles teams in the nation, ranking as high as No. 7.
TIDE TOPS 13TH RANKED WILDCATS
Alabama beat Kentucky for the first time since 2009, winning 4-2 on March 30, 2014, in Tuscaloosa. The Wildcats came in ranked 13th in the nation in winners of seven of their last eight matches. The Crimson Tide won the doubles point and got singles victories from Andrew Goodwin, Nikko Madregallejo and Stuart Kenyon.
Nikko Madregallejo NAMED SEC MEN'S TENNIS FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Nikko Madregallejo was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for men's tennis on April 2, 2014. Madregallejo, from Monrovia, Calif., went 2-0 in singles during the week, which played an integral part in the Crimson Tide's victories over No. 26 Vanderbilt and No. 13 Kentucky. He overcame a significant loss in his first set to the Commodores' Rhys Johnson to come back and clinch the team win by a score of 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Two days later, Madregallejo found himself in another battle on court four and grinded out a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory to award Alabama its third point of the match. He finished the season with a team-high tying five singles wins against SEC opponents.
TENNIS WINS HIGHEST GPA AWARD FOR A MEN'S TEAM AT ANNUAL STUDENT-ATHLETE BANQUET
The tennis team earned the highest GPA of all men's programs at Alabama with a combined 3.34 average.
2014 SIGNING CLASS RANKED NO. 5 IN THE NATION
In only his second season in Tuscaloosa, head coach George Husack signed the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation, welcoming four newcomers for the 2015 season in blue-chip recruit Danny Kerznerman, five-star recruits Sam Edwards and Korey Lovett and four-star recruit Langford Hills. Kerznerman, from Brooklyn, N.Y., was ranked No. 1 in 14s and 16s and is No. 4 in 18s according to the USTA national standings list. He is part of the USTA developmental system and roomed with current Crimson Tide freshman, Nikko Madregallejo, in Boca Raton, Fla. Kerznerman won the 2013 USTA National Clay Court Championships 18s singles title. Edwards, from Suwanee, Ga., was ranked in the top 75 nationally in 16s and remains in the top 75 in 18s. As a freshman playing for Mount Pisgah High School, Edwards was named the team's MVP. Some of his biggest accomplishments include reaching the round of 16 in doubles in Kalamazoo as well as the second round of the Futures main draw in Pensacola. Lovett, from Brevard, N.C., is one of the top players in the USTA Southern Region and ranked as high as No. 30 in nation by TennisRecruiting.net. He was a finalist at the USTA Winter Southern Closed Championships and Memphis Southern Closed Championships and was a semifinalist at the Bullfrog Southern Designated Championships. Lovett also placed third at the Boys 18s Southern Closed Championships in Mobile. Hills, from Atlanta, is the latest addition to the class, and ranks No. 113 in the nation. He advanced to the round of 32 at the 2013 USTA National Winter Championships and has continually risen in the national rankings throughout his career.