Tennis Teams Score Seven All-American Selections

WEST PALM BEACH – Following their respective runner-up and consolation finishes at last week’s National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tennis Championships, four individuals and three doubles teams from the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s and women’s tennis teams were honored with All-American accolades.

The PBA men’s team, who finished the year at 17-11, was led by the one-two punch of Brock Newton (Roanoke, Va./Indiana Wesleyan University) and Paul Segodo (Benin, Africa/Grace Christian). Both Newton and Segodo were lauded for their accomplishments this year on the tennis court with All-American honors. Newton, who played the majority of the 2007 campaign in the No. 1 singles position, was 18-7 with a 14-7 record from the team’s top spot. Segodo, who was ranked 46th in the nation coming into this year’s season, posted a 20-6 individual record. Newton finished the season with eight wins in his final nine matches, while Segodo was 8-2 in his final ten contests. Both players will be heavily relied upon again by their coach and teammates for 2008.

In addition to their individual awards, both Newton and Segodo’s doubles teams were selected to All-American teams. Newton was paired with sophomore James Buerkle (Lake Worth, Fla./Belmont Abbey College) for a majority of the season, and together, the two finished with an 11-5 record in doubles play. Segodo and his teammate, Frankie Moulton (Greenacres, Fla./Lake Worth), were also worthy of an All-American selection with a 12-3 overall record. The pairing of Segodo and Moulton was PBA’s strongest doubles team, as they won nine of their final ten matches, including all five of their bouts in the NCCAA National Tournament.

Shifting to the Sailfish women’s tennis team, Brooke Nord (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) was no surprise as she and her doubles teammate, Natalie Aleman (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) were each individually selected to the All-American team, while their doubles pairing was also given the same honor. Nord, who finished the season ranked 44th in the nation, was 19-5 overall and won eight of her final nine matches. The freshman recorded five 6-0, 6-0 wins throughout 2007, including each of her two individual matches at the NCCAA tournament. Aleman was 10-14 in PBA’s No. 2 singles spot, and finished off her one individual opponent at the NCCAA tournament in 6-0, 6-0 fashion. Playing together, Nord and Aleman posted the team’s only winning record in doubles competition with a 12-8 finish, claiming victory in three of their final four matches.

As the PBA tennis teams take a break over the summer before resuming their workouts in the fall, Head Coach Chi Ly has a lot to look forward to as neither the men’s or women’s team will be graduating a single player. With the athleticism and experience portrayed throughout the 2007 season, fans have a lot to look forward to come 2008.

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