Batrakov, Smith and Kawka Receive All-WCC Honors
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has announced senior Georgy Batrakov and junior Spencer Smith have been named to the 2012 All-WCC First and Second Team Singles, respectively. The league also announced that Batrakov and sophomore Patrick Kawka were named to the All-WCC Second Team Doubles.
The 2012 All-WCC First Team was selected by the conference coaches, based on overall season performance. All-WCC Second Team members were chosen based on the same criteria; plus performance at the recent WCC Championships.
Batrakov was named to the All-WCC First Team singles after leading the Cougars at the No. 1 singles position. The Russian netter compiled a 22-11 overall record, including a win over then-No. 20 Finn Tearney of Pepperdine. The co-captain was ranked No. 61 in the country, as of April 24.
Smith garnered All-WCC Second Team Singles honors after stringing together a team-best 29-9 overall record. Smith saw action at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles during the year.
Earning All-WCC Second Team Doubles accolades, Batrakov and Kawka led the Cougars with a team-best 26-9 overall record while going 18-6 in dual play. While playing at the No. 1 position for BYU throughout the season, the pair upset then-No. 6 Alex Llompart and Finn Tearney of Pepperdine, 8-3. As of April 24, Batrakov and Kawka were ranked No. 86 in doubles.
Kawka also received All-WCC Honorable Mention for singles. Smith and freshman Francis Sargeant received All-WCC Honorable Mention for doubles.
2012 WCC Men's Tennis Postseason Award Winners
- Player of the Year: Sebastian Fanselow, Pepperdine
- Freshman of the Year: Ilya Osintsev, Santa Clara
- Co-Coach of the Year: Adam Steinberng, Pepperdine & Derek Mills, Santa Clara
|All-WCC Men's First Team Singles|
|Kyle Dandan||Santa Clara|
|Nikola Bubnic||San Diego|
|Patrick Pohlmann||San Diego|
|All-WCC Men's Second Team Singles|
|Clarke Spinosa||San Diego|
|John Lamble||Santa Clara|
|Maxime Olivan||Saint Mary's|
|Thai Tu||San Francisco|
Honorable Mention: Alvaro Nazal (GON); Geoff Hernandez (POR); Ilya Osintsev (SCU); Michael Hu Kwo (POR); Nicholas Bjerke (LMU); Patrick Kawka (BYU); Thibaut Visy (USD); Tom Pham (SCU)
|All-WCC Men's First Team Doubles|
|Alex Llompart/Finn Tearney||Pepperdine|
|Jenson Turner/Sebastian Fanselow||Pepperdine|
|Nikola Bubnic/Thibaut Visy||San Diego|
|All-WCC Men's Second Team Doubles|
|Georgy Batrakov/Patrick Kawka||BYU|
|Ilya Osintsey/John Lamble||Santa Clara|
|Nicholas Bjerke/Sebastian Bustamante||Loyola Marymount|
BYU men’s tennis welcomes Cal Poly to the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts at 11:00 a.m. MST on Friday.