ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis junior David Ferragut has been selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference first team by the A-10's head men's tennis coaches and to the A-10 All-Academic team by the conference's men's tennis sports information representatives, the league office announced today.
Junior Juan Calero earned a spot on the All-Conference second team. The Billikens placed more than one player on the All-Conference squad for the first time since 2010.
Ferragut garnered first-team honors for a second consecutive season, making him the first player in Saint Louis men's tennis history to earn first-team recognition more than once. His selection to the All-Academic team marks the seventh time in 12 years of A-10 membership, and the third time in the past four years, the Billikens have had a student-athlete on the six-member unit.
Ferragut (17-8 singles, 16-7 doubles) led SLU in singles wins, singles winning percentage and doubles wins. His 12-5 dual-meet record at No. 1 singles included a 5-1 mark vs. A-10 opponents. Ferragut also was 5-1 in matches that went to a third set.
Ferragut concluded his junior season with 46 singles wins (46-21), good for fifth place on the Billikens' career list and just 12 shy of Patrick Kella's record of 58.
Calero led Saint Louis with a .750 doubles winning percentage (15-5). He went 10-11 overall and 7-7 in duals at No. 2 singles, including a 4-3 ledger vs. A-10 competitors and a 4-2 record in matches that went to a third set or super-tiebreaker.
Ferragut and Calero were No. 1 doubles partners most of the season. They registered a 12-5 overall record, and their 8-3 mark in duals included 5-1 vs. A-10 opponents.
“We are extremely proud of David and Juan for their dedication to the SLU athletics department's objectives of educating student-athletes, competing at the highest level and building community,” Saint Louis head coach Jon Zych said.“In particular, their competitive passion showed itself in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship quarterfinals against VCU, the eventual champion,” Zych said. “They set the tone by winning at No. 1 doubles and then out-battled VCU's No. 1 and No. 2 players in three-set singles matches. We are proud of their fight, determination and spirit.”