May 31, 2013

Friedrich Named ITA All-American

SKILLMAN, NJ – The University of North Georgia's Felipe Friedrich has been named to the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II All-American Team as a singles player as announced by the ITA on Friday afternoon. 

Friedrich was one of 10 Peach Belt Conference players to make the team. Armstrong Atlantic led all schools with five players making the team.

Friedrich, a 5-8 senior from Santa Maria, Brazil, led the Saints this season at No. 1 singles, posting a 15-3 record overall, including a perfect 8-0 mark in non-conference action. In Peach Belt matches, he went 7-3 with four of his wins coming over ranked opponents including a three-set victory over then 10th-ranked Alex Caspari of then No. 20 Francis Marion University on February 16. He defeated his opponents in straight sets 10 times while ascending to his current national ranking of 31st in singles action. He finished at No. 17 nationally in the final ITA rankings.

In doubles, Friedrich and his partner Matheus Guida boasted a 13-5 record at No. 1 doubles for North Georgia, including a 7-1 record over non-conference opponents. The 21st-ranked doubles tandem in the nation and ranked sixth in the Southeast Region, Friedrich and Guida went 6-4 in the league and defeated three ranked tandems including then No. 10 Gordan Divljak and Quentin Rayniere from Columbus State on February 20. The doubles tandem finished at No. 11 nationally.

To make the ITA All-American team, a player must have met any of the criteria necessary to earn the honors. Singles players had to have finished in the top 20 of the final ITA College Tennis Rankings, while doubles tandems must have finished in the top 10 of the final rankings.