Two members of the University of Toledo men's tennis team were selected as All-MAC performers, the league office announced on Tuesday, April 30. Sophomore Tomas Stillman (Harlingen, Texas/Harlingen South) earned first-team recognition for the second consecutive year, while senior Francisco Stuardo (Santiago, Chile/College of the Desert) landed on the second team in his first season as a Rocket.
The league announcement is the seventh occasion that at least two Rockets were honored as all-league selections over the previous eight years. Specialty awards, including the Player, Newcomer and Coach of the Year, as well as the Jack Vredevelt Sportsmanship Award were also announced by MAC officials.
"These guys were certainly our two best competitors all season and deserve this extra recognition," UT head coach Al Wermer said. "They both also continued improving on the doubles court. Tomas stayed at No. 1 singles and doubles all year - on a team that had a very good season with 19 wins. Pancho (Stuardo) finished very strong with a terrific 8-1 combined singles-doubles record in the MAC season."
As Wermer mentioned, Stillman held down the top flight in both singles and doubles against the league's top competition - including Player of the Year Vusa Hove of Buffalo, who he lost to in a tough, three-set battle. The two-time first-team honoree finished his sophomore campaign with a solid 14-10 record in singles and 15-9 ledger in doubles, while going 7-3 in both over the final 10 matches of the season.
In his first season donning the Midnight Blue & Gold after transferring, Stuardo provided stability in the middle of the lineup all spring for UT. He finished with the team's second-most singles wins (16), including a team-best 10-3 mark in the third position and led the team with a 4-1 conference ledger. Stuardo also collected a team-high 16 wins in doubles competition with teammate Grant Adams, whle ending the season with a six-match win streak and spotless 4-0 MAC record.
Wermer also mentioned that seeing two Rockets picked for all-conference indicates how "incredibly competitive" the MAC is.
Five of the six first-team All-MAC selections (Vusa Hove, Buffalo; Nadin Indre, Western Michigan; Ray Leonard, Ball State; Dor Amir, Northern Illinois; Tomas Stillman, Toledo) were also named first-team All-MAC in 2012, while Alex Lagerlof of Northern Illinois was a second-team All-MAC last season.