PBA Men's Tennis Has Three NCAAA All-Americans Recognized
May 13, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
GREENVILLE, S.C.- The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s tennis team recently concluded a 14-win season that saw them reach the NCCAA National Tournament semi-finals for the first time since the 2011 season. Now that the matches have ended it’s time for the individual accolades that have seen three Sailfish players named to the NCCAA All-American teams in Romain Nowaczyk, Nicolas Uryson and Mark Heimberger.
The team’s top-three players all season long in singles, the trio were each named to the All-American listings at the NCCAA National Tournament banquet held in Mobile, Ala. last week.
The honor is a first for both Nowaczyk and Uryson, both in their first seasons playing with Palm Beach Atlantic, while Heimberger earns his second straight NCCAA All-American recognition. Nowaczyk and Uryson also earned All-American honors in doubles while Nowaczyk was named to the NCCAA All-Tournament team.
Nowaczyk came to PBA this season from Angers, France and spent the season as a graduate student. His play on the court elevated him mid-season from the No. 2-singles position to No. 1 while earning a No. 50 national singles ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for Division II.
He finished the season 15-10 in singles while mostly teaming with Uryson in doubles for an 11-4 mark.
Uryson was another strong newcomer for head coach Chi Ly as the Buenos Aires, Argentina native joined Nowaczyk on the NCCAA All-American first-team.
His strong all-around play saw him register an impressive 16-6 mark in singles on the season including a perfect 7-0 record at No. 2-singles.
Heimberger earned a NCCAA All-American second-team selection following a first-team honor last year and was entrenched as the team’s No. 3-singles player and No. 2-doubles. Heimberger finished 15-7 on the season in singles while providing leadership for the young team.
In addition to the team’s on-court accomplishments was the good work of a select few off the court as Nowaczyk and Heimberger were joined by Kevin Reifler as NCCAA Scholar-Athletes. To be named a Scholar-Athlete a student-athlete must be a junior or senior and have maintained at least a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average.
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