Sun Belt Release
NEW ORLEANS - A season of success was recognized on both the men's and women's side at the 2017 Sun Belt Championship Awards Banquet on Thursday. The league announced the annual awards with three singles and three doubles teams received awards on the Mavericks side.
Fresh off their opening-round win over Arkansas State to begin play in the SBC Championship, the women were honored with two selections in doubles play on the All-Conference first team.
Astrid Gehre and Anna Wichert joined Agustina Serio and Valeria Lopez as UTA's selections. Gehre and Wichert finished the regular season with an 18-1 record, falling in the final match against a tough North Texas squad on Senior Day. Lopez and Serio finished the regular season with a 10-1 record, including a 9-1 finish to the year and a win over A-State earlier in the day.
"Astrid and Anna had a remarkable season, getting into the national rankings and putting doubles points day in and day out," UTA coach Diego Benitez said. "I am so happy for them and their success. Agustina and Valeria were a tough team to beat, they played so tough every match and never looked back."
In singles, Angeles de los Rios joined Serio as All-Conference second team selections. De los Rios was 17-6 on the season, playing primarily at the No. 1 spot. Serio, the 2016 Sun Belt Player to Watch, was 16-7 in the regular season, playing at the No. 3 position with a 13-3 record in dual match play.
Jhonathan Gonzalez highlighted the men's honors with an All-Conference first team selection after posting a 21-6 record and 16-3 in dual play at the No. 3 position primarily.
"I am proud of Jhonny receiving first team," Benitez said. "He has worked really hard this past year and has stepped up as a leader for us."
Gonzalez was joined by Mauricio Del Rio as a first-team selection in doubles. The squad, spending much of the season in the ITA Top-75 as a tandem, were 10-6 for the season and a 7-4 record in the top spot in dual play.
"Mauricio and Jhonny had one of the best wins in UTA history in beating the No. 7 team in the country and will provide major help for us during conference," Benitez said.
The Maverick men begin their defense of the 2016 SBC Championship when they take on Georgia Southern on Friday. The women defeated A-State in the opening round and face Georgia State in the quarterfinals, also on Friday.