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UNG tennis player named ITA All-American

Felipe Friedrich
Felipe Friedrich

Felipe Friedrich, a senior men's tennis player for The University of North Georgia, has been named to the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II All-American Team as a singles player.

Friedrich was one of 10 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) players to make the team; he ended his 2013 season on a 10-win streak.

"The men's tennis team has reached many milestones this year," said Lindsay Reeves, director of athletics. "Felipe was part of a team which reached as high as No. 23 in the country this year, and he was the first male All-American in program history! I am extremely proud of Felipe's accomplishments and his fellow teammates and look forward to an exciting 2014 season."

Friedrich, who is from Santa Maria, Brazil, led the team this season as the top singles player, posting a 15-3 record overall, including a perfect eight wins and zero losses in non-conference play. In PBC matches, he posted a 7-3 record with four of his wins coming over ranked opponents—including a three-set victory in February over then 10th-ranked Alex Caspari of Francis Marion University, which was ranked No. 20 at the time.

Friedrich defeated his opponents in straight sets 10 times during the 2013 season, propelling him to his current national ranking of 31st in singles action. He finished 17th nationally in the final ITA rankings.

"Felipe is leaving behind a goal for current and future players to strive for," said Kent Norsworthy, head coach of the men's tennis team. "He will forever be a part of the growing history of this program. Felipe's name and the history he leaves behind will be a standard to reach for years to come. We are very proud of Felipe for his leadership and what he accomplished during his time here, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to coach him."

To make the ITA All-American team, singles players must finish in the top 20 of the final ITA College Tennis Rankings, while doubles tandems must finish in the top 10 of the final rankings.

In doubles, Friedrich and partner Matheus Guida posted a 13-5 record as the top doubles team for UNG, including a 7-1 record over non-conference opponents. As the 21st-ranked doubles tandem in the nation and 6th-ranked in the Southeast Region, Friedrich and Guida went 6-4 in the league and defeated three ranked tandems including then No. 10 Gordan Divljak and Quentin Rayniere from Columbus State. Friedrich-Guida finished 11th nationally.

Earlier this year, Friedrich became the first UNG tennis athlete to be named to the PBC All-Conference first team as a singles player, while Guida joined him as the university's first-ever second team selection. Both also were named to the doubles second team. It was the first time a doubles tandem for UNG was named to the All-Conference team.

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