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UNC’s Paul named men’s tennis Coach of the Year

Following a landmark season for the North Carolina men’s tennis program, Tar Heels head coach Sam Paul has been honored as the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year.

“The credit goes to my players,” Paul said. “What an amazing ride they took us on this year. Our seniors – Ronnie, Jack and Chad – made such an impact on our program. Tripp Phillips is incredible, one of the best coaches in the world. And Stuart DePaolo was so important to our success, as is our support staff. It’s a village and a group effort.

“In the end it’s really all about the players. They’re the ones who made this happen. I’m so proud to be their coach. I just feel really fortunate to be at Carolina and to have these guys.”

Paul’s 24th season as Carolina’s head coach was a stellar one for the program. The Tar Heels finished as the NCAA runner-up, reaching the national championship match for the first time in program history and winning a school-record 29 matches. They finished the season ranked third overall, the highest postseason ranking in program history.

Senior Ronnie Schneider was named ITA Senior Player of the Year and freshman William Blumberg the ITA Rookie of the Year. Blumberg went on to reach the NCAA singles final, the first Tar Heel to reach that point, and earn All-America honors in singles and doubles. Junior Robert Kelly also was All-America in doubles.

With 444 victories at UNC, Paul is the program’s all-time winningest coach.

Baseball

Wake Forest: Junior Stuart Fairchild was named one of 25 semifinalists for the 40th USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on Wednesday. The Golden Spikes Award is given to the top amateur baseball player in the United States and is presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation.

Women’s soccer

Duke: Recent graduate Christina Gibbons was one of 22 players selected to represent the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team that will compete in the 2017 Women’s U-23 Open Nordic Tournament in Sweden.

Men’s golf

Wake Forest: Will Zalatoris was named a first team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He becomes the 12th Demon Deacon to earn first team All-America honors

Women’s tennis

Mount Olive: Julie Gonzalez has been named the 2017 Conference Carolinas Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s tennis, as voted on by the student-athlete affairs committee. The award is presented annually to a student-athlete in each sport for recognition of their outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom.

Men’s volleyball

Mount Olive: Robert Poole has been named the 2017 Conference Carolinas Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s volleyball, as voted on by the student-athlete affairs committee. The award is presented annually to a student-athlete in each sport for recognition of their outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom.

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