Junior Will Bushamuka, sophomore Ryo Matsumura and senior Beck Pennington all landed on the Southeastern Conference awards list, the league announced Wednesday. Bushamuka earned first team All-SEC honors while Pennington and Matsumura joined him on the second team.

 

Bushamuka has now earned first team All-SEC honors twice in his career. The highest ranked Wildcat at No. 16 in the nation, Bushamuka saw most of his play this season as the No. 1 singles player. The Princeton, N. J. native earned 12 wins, with nine coming in the first spot. Bushamuka earned five ranked wins this including two top-10 wins. His victory over No. 7 Alfredo Perez in straight sets helped the Cats upset No. 12 Florida. He leads the team in ranked wins with five.

 

Matsumura lands on the All-SEC second team for the second-consecutive season. Matsumura saw his ranking climb as high as No. 21 during the 2017 campaign, and is currently ranked No. 69 in the nation. Seeing most of his play as in the No. 2 spot, the Fukui, Japan native amassed an 11-9 record, with three wins coming as the No. 1 player for the Cats. Matsumura has two ranked wins this season over No. 27 Josh Hager of Notre Dame and No. 38 Emil Reinberg of Georgia.

 

Pennington finds himself back on the All-SEC second team after also being named to the team in 2015. Pennington is tied with fellow senior Nils Ellefsen for most wins for the Wildcats during the spring season at 16. While he has seen time as the No. 1 and No. 2 singles player, with most of his action at the No. 3 singles slot. The Bowling Green, Kentucky native earned one win on the top court, four in the No. 2 spot and 11 as the No. 3 player. Pennington saw four ranked opponents this season, beating No. 119 Alex Lebedev of Notre Dame, No. 83 Kevin Wong of Michigan, helping his ranking climb to its highest of No. 113 in the nation this season.

 

Kentucky will be back in action in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, May 12 at 2 p.m. for first round action against Georgia State. The Winston-Salem Regional will be hosted by Wake Forest University at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

 

First Team All-SEC                                                            Second Team All-SEC

Mazen Osama, Alabama                                                  Thibault Cancel, Alabama

Mike Redlicki, Arkansas                                                    Max Hinnisdaels, Auburn

Jose Salazar, Arkansas                                                      Emil Reinberg, Georgia

Alfredo Perez, Florida                                                       Beck Pennington, Kentucky

Elliott Orkin, Florida                                                          Ryo Matsumura, Kentucky

Nathan Ponwith, Georgia                                                 Jordan Daigle, LSU

Jan Zielinski, Georgia                                                         Justin Butsch, LSU

Robert Loeb, Georgia                                                        Fabian Fallert, Ole Miss

Wayne Montgomery, Georgia                                         Niclas Braun, Mississippi State

William Bushamuka, Kentucky                                        Strahinja Rakic, Mississippi State

Gustav Hansson, Ole Miss                                                Gabriel Friedrich, South Carolina

Nuno Borges, Mississippi State                                        Valentin Vacherot, Texas A&M

Harrison O’Keefe, South Carolina                                    Jordi Arconada, Texas A&M

Timo Stodder Tennessee                                                   Cameron Klinger, Vanderbilt

Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M

 

All-Freshman

Thibault Cancel, Alabama

Johannes Ingildsen, Florida

Nathan Ponwith, Georgia

Giovanni Oradini, Mississippi State

Hady Habib, Texas A&M

Valentin Vacherot, Texas A&M

 

Player of the Year

Nuno Borges, Mississippi State

 

Freshman of the Year

Nathan Ponwith, Georgia

 

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Vikram Chari, Vanderbilt

 

Coach of the Year

Manuel Diaz, Georgia

 

For more information on the Kentucky men’s tennis team, follow @UKMensTennis on Twitter or Kentucky Men’s Tennis Team on Facebook.

 

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