Tennis Skupski Named to All-SEC Team

by Elizabeth Stuart
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Tennis Skupski Named to All-SEC Team

BATON ROUGE – Tiger sophomore Neal Skupski was named to the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team for the second-straight year as voted on by conference coaches and announced by the league office on Thursday.

Skupski led the Tigers in dual action at the top court with a 7-11 record and a 5-6 mark against SEC opponents. The standout sophomore’s season in the ITA Rankings peaked at No. 26 in preseason polls, and currently, Skupski lists at No. 51.

“Neal did an excellent job of raising the bar by moving from the No. 4 position last year to being at the top of lineup now,” LSU head coach Jeff Brown said. “Neal has had several wins at the highest level this year, and he only continues to improve.”

In addition to stellar performances in singles, the Liverpool, England, native continued an impressive campaign in doubles during 2010.

Skupski earned a final rank of No. 4 with Venus his freshman year and carried the momentum into his sophomore season with a preseason billing of No. 18 with Sebastian Carlsson. The duo owns a 5-2 record on court No. 1 and currently list at No. 43.

All-SEC First Team
Saketh Myneni, Alabama
Tim Puetz, Auburn
Alex Lacroix, Florida
Javier Garrapiz, Georgia
Eric Quigley, Kentucky
Marcel Thiemann, Ole Miss
Pedro Campos, South Carolina
Boris Conkic, Tennessee
Davey Sandgren, Tennessee
John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee
Rhyne Williams, Tennessee
Ryan Lipman, Vanderbilt

All-SEC Second Team
Chris Nott, Arkansas
Tim Hewitt, Auburn
Alex Stamchev, Auburn
Antoine Benneteau, Florida
Jamie Hunt, Georgia
Nate Schnugg, Georgia
Alex Musialek, Kentucky
Neal Skupski, LSU
Tucker Vorster, Ole Miss
George Coupland, Mississippi State
Diego Cubas, South Carolina
Tennys Sandgren, Tennessee