Fernandes, Coache Highlight NE10 All-Conference Honors for Six from Men’s Tennis


MANSFIELD, Mass. – Junior Tiago Fernandes (Porto, Portugal) of the Southern New Hampshire University men's tennis team was selected as the Northeast-10 Player of the Year, while Greg Coache took home Coach of the Year honors, as the as the league office announced its all-conference awards Thursday.

Fernandes, SNHU's first NE10 Player of the Year since Mitchell Dobek in 2011, is 16-4, overall, in singles action this season, while producing a perfect 9-0 mark in NE10 play, including 8-0 out of the No. 1 slot. Fernandes also garnered All-Conference First Team recognition at No. 1 singles after earning the honor last year at No. 4.

Coache was feted as the league's top coach for the eighth time, including the fourth time and the second straight year on the men's side. Coache guided the Penmen to a 14-6 record, including their second straight NE10 Regular-Season Championship and second consecutive undefeated conference slate after finishing 9-0. Southern New Hampshire currently owns a 19-match NE10 winning streak and has won 21 straight against conference foes, including the postseason.

Fernandes was joined on the First Team by fellow juniors Ricardo Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal) and Xavier Aubron (Herouville, France). Marreiros earned the honor at No. 2 singles after being tabbed the conference's Rookie of the Year and a Second Teamer in 2016. Marrieros is 14-6 in singles play this season, including 9-0 in the league and 8-0 at the No. 2 flight.

Aubron is 14-6, including 9-0 in both conference play and out of the No. 4 singles slot. He was a Third Team and All-Rookie pick in 2015. 

Fellow junior Miguel Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal) garnered a Second Team nod at No. 3 singles, where he went 7-2 during league play. Marreiros, who was a First Teamer a year ago, is 11-8, overall, including 7-2 in NE10 action.

Freshman Adam Courtemanche (Greenville, R.I.) received a vote to the All-Rookie Team, as he went 5-4, including 4-3 in league play, after filling in for injured classmate Bas van Biezen (Sassenheim, Netherlands) at the No. 6 singles flight down the stretch. 

Fernandes and Ricardo Marreiros headlined the doubles awards, as they earned First Team honors at the No. 1 flight. The duo is a perfect 8-0, including both in league play and at No. 1.

Aubron and Miguel Marreiros were also bestowed First Team accolades at No. 2 doubles. They are an unblemished 7-0, overall, in conference action and at No. 2.

The top-seeded Penmen begin their quest to repeat Thursday, April 20 (2 p.m.) when they play host to fourth-seeded Bentley University in a Northeast-10 Championship semifinal match at the SNHU Tennis Courts.
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