Mitchell, Manzanares earn A-Sun men's tennis honors
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
By Todd Lamberth
Mitchell, Manzanares earn A-Sun men's tennis honors

MACON, Ga. – The Lipscomb men’s tennis team saw two players receive Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors on Wednesday as announced by the conference office.

Rob Mitchell earned first team honors while Alejandro Manzanares picked up a spot on the second team.

It was the second first team honor for Mitchell who also was honored in 2015. Manzanares was a member of the A-Sun All-Freshman Team in 2015.

Mitchell held a 10-9 record in singles play, playing at the top spot, including a nine-match win streak leading into conference play. When teamed up with John Tougher, the junior went 4-0 playing at the second doubles court.

Manzanares stepped into the second line for singles this season where he carried a 10-8 record in singles, with a 3-3 record in conference play.

Manzanares and Mitchell also teamed up at the first doubles court throughout the season, where they went 4-2 together.

Mitchell and Manzanares have played key roles in the Bisons returning to the conference tournament this season.

“Its always a positive when you have consistency at the top spots,” Lipscomb head coach Mario Hernandez said. “Both guys have been very consistent for us and consistent for us at the top spots and that’s tough to do.”

Mitchell and Manzanares have helped set the tone for the rest of the lineup with their play in practice as much as in matches.

“They’re guys that are bringing it every day,” Hernandez said. “Individual rewards are also team awards and a testament to the culture we’re building. When the top guys are taking days off, guys below see it. It trickles down.”

2016 Atlantic Sun Men's Tennis All-Conference First Team
*Simon Pritchard, Kennesaw State
*Jack Findel-Hawkins, North Florida
*Lasse Muscheites, North Florida
*Ramon Simonetti, USC Upstate
*Loic Blanco, Stetson
Andres Alfonzo, FGCU
Rob Mitchell, Lipscomb
Markus Schultz, NJIT
* - Denotes a unanimous choice

2016 Atlantic Sun Men's Tennis All-Conference Second Team
By Position (Singles)
#1 Ricky Ventura, FGCU
#2 Manuel Castellanos, Kennesaw State
     Alejandro Manzanares, Lipscomb
#3 Jamie Yates, USC Upstate
#4 Graham Ball, Stetson
#5 Javier Fernandez, FGCU
#6 Lucas Vaz, FGCU
     Sam Slade, Kennesaw State 

By Position (Doubles)
#1 Ankush Arora/Ramon Simonetti, USC Upstate
#2 Manuel Castellanos/Simon Pritchard, Kennesaw State
#3 Eduardo Alfonzo/Oliver Landert, FGCU 

2016 Atlantic Sun Men's Tennis All-Freshmen Team
Javier Fernandez, FGCU
Ezequiel Cerrini, FGCU
Lucas de Torres Curth, Kennesaw State
Jonathan Deautriell, North Florida
Sahil Deshmukh, North Florida
Ankush Arora, USC Upstate
Lenhard Haupt, USC Upstate
Pierre-Emmanuel Fossier, Stetson