Dessauer, Venus Named to All-SEC Men's Tennis Teams
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Senior Kevin Dessauer and junior Michael Venus of the 18th-ranked LSU men’s tennis team received All-Southeastern Conference honors, the league office announced Wednesday.
Venus received first-team All-SEC honors, while Dessauer earned second-team All-SEC honors and was named Co-SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year. Blake Strode of Arkansas was also named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Venus, who is ranked No. 39 in the country, began his LSU career in January and has notched 13 singles victories while playing among the top two spots. Seven of his victories were against ranked opponents, including three in the top 30.
Venus and partner James Cluskey compiled a team-best 13 doubles wins including going a perfect 10-0 at home.
Venus’ first-team accolade marks the 14th time a Tiger has earned the honor in LSU head coach Jeff Brown‘s tenure.
Dessauer has compiled a 15-3 dual record this season, including an outstanding 10-0 at home. Nine of his dual wins have been in straight sets. The New Orleans native opened the dual season on a 10-match win streak and only lost four sets during that stretch.
Dessauer is tied for the team lead in conference wins with eight. He is third on the team in doubles wins with 17.
Dessauer is the first player to be named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year twice during his career. LSU has represented the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year five out of the six years the award has been presented.
Dessauer has held a perfect 4.00 grade point average, with a major in Kinesiology, during his
time at LSU. The three-time ITA Academic All-American was the 2006 and 2007 Tiger
Athletic Foundation Male Student-Athlete of the Year and was a 2007 ESPN The Magazine first team Academic All-American.
Dessauer was nominated by LSU for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship this season, which goes to the top male and female SEC scholar-athlete.
2008 Southeastern Conference Awards
Coach of the Year: Sam Winterbotham, Tennessee
Players of the Year: Greg Ouellette, Florida
Freshman of the Year: J.P. Smith, Tennessee
Co-Scholar Athletes of the Year: Blake Strode, Arkansas / Kevin Dessauer, LSU
All-SEC First Team
Alexey Tsyrenov, Auburn
Greg Ouellette, Florida
Travis Helgeson, Georgia
Nate Schnugg, Georgia
Bruno Agostinelli, Kentucky
Michael Venus, LSU
Erling Tveit, Ole Miss
Jonas Berg, Ole Miss
Matthias Wllerman, Ole Miss
Ivan Bjelica, Mississippi State
J.P. Smith, Tennessee
Ryan Preston, Vanderbilt
All-SEC Second Team
Mat Thibaudeau, Alabama
Tim Puetz, Auburn
Alex Lacroix, Florida
Luis Flores, Georgia
Jamie Hunt, Georgia
Javier Garrapiz, Georgia
Kevin Dessauer, LSU
Robbye Poole, Ole Miss
Kalle Norberg, Ole Miss
Phillippe Frayssinoux, Mississippi State
Boris Conkic, Tennessee
Kaden Hensel, Tennessee