ATLANTA – The SAA announced the 2017 Men's Tennis All-Conference award winners on Thursday and Millsaps' Diego Marti-Vertiz captured the top honor of Player of the Year. The Newcomer of the Year went to Ricky Chatterjee of Rhodes and Millsaps' head coach Jason Box was declared Coach of the Year by his peers.
An SAA First Team All-Conference selection in 2016, Diego Marti-Vertiz (pictured at right) of Millsaps took his game to new heights in 2017 en route to capturing the Player of the Year award. Playing mostly from the No. 1 singles position, Marti-Vertiz compiled a 16-6 record and helped guide the Majors into the SAA Championship match. In conference play he was 8-2 overall in singles, with one of those two defeats coming against a player in Avery Schober of Sewanee he previously knocked off. Playing mostly No. 2 doubles and partnering with Brandon Beck, Marti-Vertiz posted a 17-6 overall record to cement his outstanding season on the courts.
A freshman from Naples, Fla., Ricky Chatterjee of Rhodes burst onto the scene in 2017, setting school records in the process and winning the SAA Newcomer of the Year distinction. Chatterjee became the first Lynx in program history to amass more than 20 singles wins in a season, posting a sparking 21-2 overall record in 2017. He racked up a 7-1 record in SAA play playing mostly from the No. 2 position. Chatterjee was equally adept at doubles, going 9-2 on the year with a partner and a perfect 4-0 in SAA matches.
For the second time in three seasons, the SAA Men's Tennis Coach of the Year honor was bestowed to Millsaps' Jason Box by his peers. Since taking over the tennis programs at Millsaps in 2011, Box has turned the Majors into formidable opponents in the SAA and the region. He guided the men's squad to a program best 24-6 record and into the SAA Championship match. A 2006 graduate Sewanee with a degree in anthropology, Box was a two-time All-SCAC tennis player and was a team captain for the Tigers.
2017 SAA Men's Tennis All-Conference Award Winners
Player of the Year: Diego Marti Vetiz of Millsaps
Newcomer of the Year: Ricky Chatterjee of Rhodes
Coach of the Year: Jason Box of Millsaps
2017 SAA Men's Tennis All-Conference First Team
Jacob Weinacker of Birmingham-Southern
Alex Centurion of Millsaps
Diego Marti-Vertiz of Millsaps
Ricky Chatterjee of Rhodes
Jack Gray of Sewanee
Avery Schober of Sewanee
2017 SAA Men's Tennis All-Conference Second Team
Griffin Davis of Berry
Alex Makarenko of Birmingham-Southern
Davis Plummer of Millsaps
Rhys Richardson of Oglethorpe
Albert Vacheron of Rhodes
Andres Carro of Sewanee
2017 SAA Men's Tennis All-Conference Honorable Mention
Anthony Pellegrini of Birmingham-Southern
Max Middleton of Centre
Henry Friedler of Millsaps
Matthew Magee of Oglethorpe
Michael Santaloci of Oglethorpe
Philippe Lauture of Rhodes
Jordan Brewer of Sewanee