4/16/2014 2:00:00 PM
MACON, Ga. – Northern Kentucky University's Mate Virag
earned a pair of postseason honors for men's tennis, the Atlantic Sun Conference office announced on Wednesday. Virag was selected to the A-Sun All-Conference first team and was a unanimous selection to the A-Sun All-Freshman team.
It marks the second consecutive season that NKU has placed a student-athlete on the postseason squad. Last year, Guillaume Berman
was a second-team all-conference selection by the A-Sun. Virag is the first Norse tennis player to earn either first-team honors or freshman honors from the Atlantic Sun Conference and the first NKU student-athlete to claim both All-Conference and All-Freshman honors from the A-Sun in the same season.
Virag, a freshman from Szentes, Hungary, slotted into the top singles flight immediately, compiling eight wins, including two in A-Sun play -- Mercer's Oliver Snaider, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0, and South Carolina Upstate's Ramon Simonetti, 6-0, 6-1. Virag opened the fall season strong, advancing to the finals in the top flight of the NKU Invitational, and finished his season with back-to-back wins over Bethune-Cookman's Walid Gtari and Xavier's Jimmy Roebker.
In doubles action, Virag spent his season teamed with Pierce Kohls
as the pair recorded seven victories in 2013-14. Again, Virag and Kohls picked up two conference wins, edging Kennesaw State's Jorge Wilton and Maksim Yorish, 8-4, and Mercer's Snaider and Austin Emmet, 8-5.
"Mate has handled the pressure of playing No. 1 singles very well, and I am thrilled that the coaches in the Atlantic Sun have recognized his talent," added Brian Nester
, "With this recognition, Mate should realize that his future is very bright, both within the Atlantic Sun and at a national level."
Virag joins NKU's Jody Maginley
as a postseason honoree. Maginley was selected to the A-Sun's Academic All-Conference team on Tuesday.
As a team, the Norse finished the 2013-14 season with a 4-15 overall record and an 0-8 record in A-Sun play.