Troy Tennis Trio earn All-Sun Belt Honors

NEW ORLEANS, La ( – Three Troy tennis student-athletes were named to the Sun Belt All-Conference tennis teams, the league office announced at a pre-championship banquet on Thursday night.

For the Troy women, sophomore Sanae Ohta was a first-team singles selection.  For the Troy men, junior Pablo Moreno and sophomore Andy Lau were named to the doubles first team, and Moreno was a singles second team selection.

Ohta, a Tokyo native, posted a 19-10 singles record on the year, including a 12-3 mark in the spring dual match season.  Ohta had won nine straight matches before dropping her regular season finale at No. 57 Florida State.

Moreno, a Gran Canaria, Spain native, earned the second and third All-Sun Belt selections of his career after earning second-team doubles honors last season with Giovani Samaha.

This season, Moreno posted an 18-9 overall singles record and a 14-6 record in spring dual matches.  He won 10 straight matches mid-way through the spring, with half of those wins coming against opponents from ranked teams.  In all, Moreno won seven matches against players from ranked teams.

On the doubles court, Moreno combined with Lau, a Hong Kong native, to record a 7-4 record, all in the spring.  The duo was 7-3 at No. 1 doubles, including winning five of their last six matches together.

The selections for the Troy men were the eighth and ninth All-Sun Belt honors in three seasons under head coach Scott Kidd.  For the Troy women, Ohta’s selection was the sixth All-Sun Belt honor in three seasons under head coach Rawia Elsisi.

The Troy women open their Sun Belt Championships play on Friday as the No. 5 seed with a quarterfinal against No. 4 Georgia Southern at 8 a.m.  The Troy men are the defending Sun Belt Champions and the No. 3 seed this year.  They will play their quarterfinal at 3 p.m. against No. 6 Appalachian State.  Both matches will be played at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans.


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