Mate Virag
Virag earns pair of A-Sun postseason awards
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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.
 
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