May 2, 2013

Lupo earns First-Team All-Conference

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

OGDEN, Utah – One week after winning Northern Colorado’s ultimate honor, the department of athletics outstanding athlete of the year, senior men’s tennis player Brandon Lupo became the first Big Sky All-Conference First Team selection in school history. Both Ben Gendron and Claire Uhle were honorable mention picks as well.

“Both of these young men are excellent students as well as tennis players and are great representatives for the University of Northern Colorado,” Men’s Coach Tim Bearman said. “Hopefully, with some hard work we will have some new names on the list next season.”

Lupo, from Broomfield, Colo., finished his senior season with a 15-3 overall record, all at No. 1 singles, and was 6-3 against Big Sky Conference foes. Lupo was named to the All-Conference Second Team in 2012 after winning a team-best 15 matches in the fall and spring.

“Brandon had an amazing season and great career here at UNC,” Bearman said. “I'm glad to see that the other coaches recognize his achievements and rewarded him with this honor. There are so many great players in the Big Sky and to make the first team is a great accomplishment. Brandon leaves a legacy here and I know his hard work and determination have made a huge impact on our program. “

Gendron, a sophomore from Flower Mound, Texas earned honorable mention all-conference honors after posting a 13-6 record in duals, with the majority of his matches at No. 2 singles. He also went 7-3 against Big Sky opponents. As a freshman, Gendron was named to the All-Conference Second Team after compiling a 10-4 record.

“Ben Gendron was honorable mention but I think he was right up there with any of the guys on the first and second team list,” Bearman said. “Ben is a great player with a versatile all court game and he will only get better as he continues to develop. Again, it's a great honor to be on any of these lists and I'm proud of both of them.”

The pair combined at No. 1 doubles for an 11-6 record on the season which included a 5-4 mark against the Big Sky.

For the women, freshman Claire Uhle (Blue Bell, Pa.) won 20 matches between the fall and spring seasons. In the spring dual season, Uhle was 13-7, competing everywhere from four to six on the ladder. She spent most of the year at No. 4, posting a record of 9-4 and she was 6-4 against Big Sky opponents.

Sacramento State’s Rebeca Delgado was named the Big Sky Conference women’s tennis MVP.  Eastern Washington’s Joseph Cohen and Sacramento State’s Marek Marksoo were named the Big Sky Conference men’s tennis co-MVP’s.