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Tuesday, April 12, 2011Freshman Oliver Strecker was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team on Tuesday. The second semester transfer from Auburn University is the first Bison to ever receive first team honors.
Freshman David Salazar also received honors, earning a spot on the A-Sun’s All-Freshman team. Head Coach Andrew Harris said both players were well deserving of their honors.
“Both Oliver Strecker and David Salazar deserve a tremendous amount of credit this year,” Harris said. “They were both put in difficult situations as freshmen but, obviously, have shown great strength competing in one of the strongest tennis conferences in the country.”
Strecker, who is originally from Gemmingen, Germany, finished the season 11-6 overall, 5-5 in the A-Sun, spending the entire season at the No. 1 spot.
“Oliver has been playing No. 1 singles since the beginning of the spring,” Harris said. “He transferred here from Auburn, which has been helpful for him this year because he has seen the competition at this level and understands what it takes to be successful.”
“We are looking for even stronger things from him next season stepping more into a leadership role. This summer and next fall will be critical for his development.”
Spending time at both No. 2 and No. 3, Salazar posted a 9-8 overall record and finished 6-4 in the A-Sun.
“Salazar has been playing primarily between No. 2 and No. 3 singles this spring and has been a great warrior on the court,” Harris said. “Everyone I talk to says they enjoy watching Salazar compete and the way he fights for every point. He is a true grinder in the tennis world. David is a very selfless leader who wins the respect of his teammates by the way he practices and plays. I could not be more happy for him.”