VOGT EARNS NEC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TO LEAD PACK OF SIX BULLDOGS IN ALL-NEC HONORS
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Behind its best season in Division I history, the Bryant University men's tennis team saw six of its own earn 2013 Men's Tennis Northeast Conference postseason honors, announced the conference Wednesday.
Freshman Max Vogt (Fair Oaks, Calif.) topped off his remarkable rookie season with the 2013 NEC Rookie of the Year award, while junior Dana Parziale (Pinehurst, N.C.) and sophomore Ernesto Arguello (Managua, Nicaragua) both were tabbed as All-NEC First Team selections at number three and number four singles, respectively.
Rounding out the first team honors for the Bulldogs were the tandem of Arguello and junior Vidith Huot (Providence, R.I.) at number two doubles and the pairing of Vogt and freshman Munir Serin (Mersin, Turkey) at number three doubles.
Sophomore Zachary Morris (Garden City, N.Y.) earned his first-ever NEC postseason honor after being named All-NEC Second Team and number one singles, while Vogt joined him at number two singles. The duo of Morris and Parziale also earned All-NEC second team at number one doubles.
Joining his players in all their accolades, Bryant head coach Ron Gendron was named the 2013 NEC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a perfect 6-0 regular season record against NEC opponents and a trip to the NEC Tournament Finals in April.
October Northeast Conference Player of the Month and three-time NEC Rookie of the Month Max Vogt put together one of the strongest freshman campaigns in the NEC this season. The most decorated weekly award winner in the conference, Vogt finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 16-15 in singles play. Teamed with Serin, the freshmen duo came on strong towards the end of the year, finishing 9-5 overall (9-1 in last 10), at one point winning eight-straight matches at number three doubles en route to an All-NEC First Team selection.
The 2011 NEC Rookie of the Year, Parziale is not a stranger to postseason accolades as the junior earns his first-ever All-NEC First Team honor at number three singles. The backbone of the Bryant men's tennis program and two-time NEC Player of the Week, Parziale was the driving force behind the Bulldogs' spectacular season. The junior captain posted an overall singles mark of 22-10, including a perfect 6-0 record in the NEC. Along with his first team nob, Parziale and doubles teammate Zach Morris were tabbed as All-NEC Second Team at number one doubles. After being paired-up mid-year, the duo posted a 12-3 overall record, including 6-1 in the NEC.
Arguello's second-straight postseason honor at number four singles, the sophomore captain was named to the All-NEC First Team for the first time in his young career after finishing a perfect 7-0 in NEC play during singles action. Paired with Huot, Arguello was the only Bulldogs to earns a pair of First Team selections as the tandem finished a perfect 5-0 in the NEC en route to the first team honor at number two doubles.
Morris rounds out the award winners with the All-NEC Second Team honor at number one singles. The sophomore transformed into a legitimate number one for the Bulldogs over the past season, finishing the year 4-2 against NEC competition. Two-time Northeast Conference Player of the Week, Morris was absolutely on-fire for the Bulldogs down the stretch, earning seven straight wins, including seven of his last nine at number one singles.
"As our young captains developed so did our team," said Gendron. "My most rewarding moment this season was to be a part of the development of our student-athletes. We are looking to continue our improvement and reach our goal of a Northeast Conference Championship."
With a full roster set to return to Smithfield for the 2013-14 season, the men's tennis program has never been in a better position as they look to defend their NEC regular season crown.
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