Butsch, Daigle Named to All-SEC Second Team

by Alissa Cavaretta
Butsch, Daigle Named to All-SEC Second Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— After strong performances on the top two courts this season, seniors Justin Butsch and Jordan Daigle have been named second team All-SEC, the conference announced Wednesday.

The two mark the 81st and 82nd All-SEC singles honors in program history. Daigle is a three-time All-SEC honoree, as he was named to the first team in 2015 and the second team in 2016. Last season, Butsch was named to the second team, and he earned a spot on the All-Freshman team in 2014.

This season, Daigle owns a 12-13 record, including nine wins on court one. The Lafayette, Louisiana native is No. 36 in the ITA Singles Rankings and hasotched wins against seven ranked opponents throughout the season, including No. 8 Alfredo Perez (Florida), No. 16 Will Bushamuka (Kentucky), No. 32 Timo Stodder (Tennessee), No. 52 Gabriel Freidrich (South Carolina), No. 54 Daniel Valent (Vanderbilt), No. 55 Sasha Gozun (South Florida) and No. 70 Ryan Peniston.

Butsch has a 23-12 overall record this season and is ranked No. 72 in the ITA Singles rankings. The Miami, Florida native was 7-5 on the season in SEC play and recorded wins against five ranked opponents. He has etched his way into the LSU all-time singles wins record as he sits in sole possession of 10th all -time with 93 career singles victories

The seniors paired to play the No. 1 doubles court this season for the Tigers. They notched a 16-11 overall record, including six wins against ranked opponents.

A complete list of the awards follows and ties were not broken leading to 15-member All-SEC First-Team and a 14-member All-SEC Second-Team.

First Team All-SEC
Mazen Osama, Alabama
Mike Redlicki, Arkansas
Jose Salazar, Arkansas
Alfredo Perez, Florida
Elliott Orkin, Florida
Nathan Ponwith, Georgia
Jan Zielinski, Georgia
Robert Loeb, Georgia
Wayne Montgomery, Georgia
William Bushamuka, Kentucky
Gustav Hansson, Ole Miss
Nuno Borges, Mississippi State
Harrison O’Keefe, South Carolina
Timo Stodder Tennessee
Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC
Thibault Cancel, Alabama
Max Hinnisdaels, Auburn
Emil Reinberg, Georgia
Beck Pennington, Kentucky
Ryo Matsumura, Kentucky
Jordan Daigle, LSU
Justin Butsch, LSU
Fabian Fallert, Ole Miss
Niclas Braun, Mississippi State
Gabriel Friedrich, South Carolina
Valentin Vacherot, Texas A&M
Jordi Arconada, Texas A&M
Cameron Klinger, Vanderbilt
Ryo Matsumura, Kentucky

Thibault Cancel, Alabama
Johannes Ingildsen, Florida
Nathan Ponwith, Georgia
Giovanni Oradini, Mississippi State
Hady Habib, Texas A&M
Valentin Vacherot, Texas A&M

Player of the Year
Nuno Borges, Mississippi State

Freshman of the Year
Nathan Ponwith, Georgia

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Vikram Chari, Vanderbilt

Coach of the Year
Manuel Diaz, Georgia

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