6 Tigers earn all-conference honors; Ward named Coach of the Year

By Brian Ramsey
OBU Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — On the eve of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association/Great American Conference Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament, the league has announced its annual all-conference teams and special awards, featuring seven individuals from Ouachita Baptist University.

•  MIAA/GAC Coach of the Year: Craig Ward

•  MIAA/GAC Sportsmanship Award: Santiago Kearney

•  First Team No. 2 Singles: Santiago Kearney

•  First Team No. 5 Singles: Tobias Fuerschuss

•  First Team No. 6 Singles: Phil Exner

•  First Team No. 2 Doubles: Francisco Oliveira and Santiago Kearney

•  Second Team No. 1 Singles: Francisco Oliveira

•  Second Team No. 3 Doubles: Tobias Fuerschuss and Fernando Docters

•  Honorable Mention No. 3 Singles: Fernando Docters

•  Honorable Mention No. 4 Singles: Alex Blanchar

•  Honorable Mention No. 1 Doubles: Phil Exner and Alex Blanchar

This is the second straight year for five of these honorees to earn all-conference recognition, including the second year for Oliveira and Kearney to earn doubles honors, and the third time for Oliveira to earn all-conference honors including his freshman of the year award in 2019. Only Exner, a freshman, is earning his first all-conference award.

The Tigers went 15-3 overall in the regular season, 3-0 in conference matches, and 8-0 at home. Entering the conference tournament, Ouachita is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II Central Region and No. 17 nationally by the ITA.

The MIAA/GAC Championship Tournament begins on Wednesday in Edmond, Oklahoma. With a first-round bye as the south division champion, Ouachita will face the winner of Washburn and Harding on Wednesday at 4 PM. The championship match is set for Thursday at 9 a.m.

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