Three Cheers for Belmont

Three Cheers for Belmont

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A trio of Belmont University Men's Tennis players have been honored by the Ohio Valley Conference for their remarkable play during the 2016-17 campaign.  Senior Cedric Dujacquier (Feluy, Belgium) was named to the First Team while freshman Vincent Sterkens (Antwerp, Belgium) and Hendrik Inno (Someru, Estonia) were both named Second Team All-Conference.  Sterkens and Inno also earned a share of the Freshman of the Year title.

Dujacquier, who played No. 1 singles for the Bruins, finished the season with a singles record of 9-12, including a 4-2 mark in conference play.  He won six of his last nine outings to close the regular season.  During his senior campaign, Dujacquier became the owner of the most career singles victories at Belmont.  He and partner Inno at No. 1 doubles went 5-1 in OVC play and finished 12-9 overall.

This marks the third time in his career that the native of Feluy, Belgium has earned All-OVC honors.   As a freshman in 2014, he was named to the All-OVC First Team and was also named OVC Freshman of the Year.  One year ago, Dujacquier was tabbed First Team All-Conference, making him the first Bruin to be named to the First Team three times in a career.

"I am very happy for our players," said Head Coach Mauricio Antun.  "Cedric has always been a powerhouse in our conference and to earn All-Conference first team in three of his four years at Belmont is very impressive.  He works hard and always put the team ahead of everything."

Newcomer Inno spent time at Nos. 2 and 3 in singles action and finished with an 8-12 overall record and a 3-3 mark in conference play.  The Someru, Estonia native also earned an OVC Player of the Week nod.  He shined with partner Dujacquier at No. 1 doubles, going 5-1 in league matches.

Classmate Sterkens also saw time at Nos. 2 and 3 in singles to amass an 11-9 mark and a 4-2 record in OVC play.  He partnered with senior Bruno Russo at No. 2 and classmate Josiah Collins at No. 3, combining for an 11-9 record in doubles matches. 

This marks the first time since 2012 the Freshman of the Year award has been shared among multiple players.  It is also only the second time ever there have been multiple award winners for this award.

"I couldn't be happier that two of our freshman are winners of this award.  They have such great attitudes on and off the court as well as a bright future ahead of them," Antun said.  

"It is always great to be recognized with individual awards, but what we really want is to get that ring this weekend at the OVC Tournament."

Dujacquier, Sterkens, Inno and the rest of the Bruins, who are ranked No. 4, open play in the OVC Tournament on Friday as they face No. 5 Austin Peay in a first round match.  The match is set for 2 p.m. at Nashville's Centennial Sportsplex. 

2017 Ohio Valley Conference All Conference Selections
Men's First Team All-Conference

Almantas Ozelis, APSU
Cedric Dujacquier, Belmont
Ramon van Flymen, EKU
Eduardo Mena, TTU
Marcos Bernardes, TTU
Alberto Esteban, TTU

Men's Second Team All-Conference

Vincent Sterkens, Belmont
Sebastian Mueller, EKU
Mathias Chaim, JSU
Guillermo Nicolas, TTU
Manuel Montenegro, APSU
Hendrik Inno, Belmont
Jaryd Reese, JSU
Pablo Caffarena, JSU

Players of the Year

Eduardo Mena, TTU and Lidia Yanes Garcia, APSU

Co-Freshman of the Year

Vincent Sterkens, Belmont
Hendrik Inno, Belmont
Marc Mila, TTU 

Coach of the Year

Kenny Doyle, TTU