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Tecce, Helbling Gain Top Awards as Six Eagles Named to 2018 VaSID College Division All-State Men's Tennis Team

Tecce, Helbling Gain Top Awards as Six Eagles Named to 2018 VaSID College Division All-State Men's Tennis Team

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Washington & Lee University sophomore HARRY SHEPHERD (Ridgewood, N.J.)  was selected as the Player of the Year as the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association announced the 2018 College Division All-State Teams on Monday. University of Mary Washington freshman COLE TECCE (Medford, N.J.) was selected as the Rookie of the Year, and UMW head coach Todd Helbling gained Coach of the Year honors.

Shepherd posted a 14-4 singles record while playing No. 1 for the Generals. He also recorded a 13-6 doubles mark while playing No. 1 doubles. The 2018 ODAC Player of the Year, Shepherd qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship, falling in the first round. He ranked fifth in the ITA Atlantic South Region in singles.

Tecce gained Rookie of the Year honors after gaining All-Capital Athletic honors for the Eagles at six singles with a 22-6 record, including numerous clinching points in singles in team victories as the last match on.

Helbling led Mary Washington to a 20-6 record, winning the CAC Championship for the 18th time in 19 years, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round. Helbling gains state coach of the year honors for the seventh time since 2006, and first time since 2015.

Seven different schools were represented on the all-state teams. Mary Washington led with six selections, including four on the first team. Juniors Matt Miles and Patrick Hughes were selected to the first team for singles, and Hughes and Derek Hagino and Michael Fleming and Ryland Byrd were chosen to the first team in doubles. The Eagles saw Joseph Brown selected to the second team in singles and Miles and Moses Hutchison named to the second team for doubles.

Hampden-Sydney had five members chosen to the team, including Matthew Moody in singles and Matthew and Michael Moody in doubles on the first team. Grayson Burns and Chris Cummings were selected to the second team in both singles and doubles.

Christopher Newport University gained four selections as seniors David Reed and Justin Cerny were named to the first team in singles and the second team in doubles, where they were joined by teammates William Trang and Andy Mason.

Lynchburg's Juan Borga, Southern Virginia's Paul Monson, and Bridgewater's Josh Rodgers rounded out the second team selections for singles.

2018 Men's Tennis College All-State                                                                                                           

2018 VaSID Player of the Year                                                                                                                    

Harry Shepherd           Washington & Lee University


2018 VaSID Rookie of the Year                                                                                                                   

Cole Tecce                  University of Mary Washington


2018 VaSID Coach of the Year                                                                                                                    

Todd Helbling              University of Mary Washington


First Team                                                            

Singles          Justin Cerny                                   Christopher Newport University    Richmond, Va.

Singles          Patrick Hughes                              University of Mary Washington     Vienna, Va.

Singles          Matt Miles                                       University of Mary Washington     Harrison, N.Y.

Singles          Matthew Moody                             Hampden-Sydney College            Raleigh, NC

Singles          David Reed                                     Christopher Newport University    Easley, S.C

Singles          Harry Shepherd                             Washington & Lee University        Ridgewood, N.J.

Doubles        Derek Hagino/Patrick Hughes     University of Mary Washington    

Doubles        Matthew Moody/Michael Moody Hampden-Sydney College            Raleigh, NC

Doubles        Michael FlemingRyland Byrd      University of Mary Washington    



Second Team                                                                                                                  

Singles          Juan Borga                                        Lynchburg College                       Buenos Aires, Argentina

Singles          Joseph Brown                                   University of Mary Washington   Richmond, Va.

Singles          Grayson Burns                                  Hampden-Sydney College          Waynesboro, VA

Singles          Clark Cummings                              Hampden-Sydney College          Norfolk, VA

Singles          Paul Monson                                     Southern Virginia University       Provo, Utah

Singles          Josh Rodgers                                    Bridgewater College                    Grottoes, Va.

Doubles        Justin Cerny/David Reed                Christopher Newport University

Doubles        Clark Cummings/Grayson Burns   Hampden-Sydney College         

Doubles        William Trang/Andy Mason            Christopher Newport University

Doubles        Matt Miles/Moses Hutchinson        University of Mary Washington