Hensel is the first Vol since 2004 to be named first team

April 18, 2007

The 2007 men's tennis All-SEC first and second teams as well as the yearly awards were announced by the conference office Wednesday morning. Tennessee tennis player Kaden Hensel was named to the first team and teammate Davey Sandgren was named to the second team.

Hensel, currently ranked a career-high 21st in the singles rankings, has had a fantastic junior season. The Australian native went 26-10 this year in singles, including an 8-3 mark in the SEC. Half of Hensel's victories this season came over ranked players. Hensel teamed up with fellow junior Bobby Cameron to go 21-11 in doubles. The duo is currently ranked 21st in doubles after upsetting the nation's No. 1 doubles duo of Luis Flores and John Isner last Saturday.

Sandgren led the team with 28 singles victories this season. The redshirt freshman went 7-4 in the SEC playing most of matches at the No. 3 position. The Gallatin, Tenn., native clinched three UT victories including its win over 11th-ranked Alabama. Sandgren also won 18 doubles matches on the season with five coming in SEC play.

Isner, who is ranked No. 1 in singles and doubles, was named the SEC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Jesse Levine of Florida was named Freshman of the Year after going 11-0 at the No. 1 singles position in SEC play. Kevin Dessauer of LSU is the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Dessauer has a 4.0 gpa in Kinesiology.

Hensel is the first Vol since Simon Rea and Damien Spizzo in 2004 to be named to the first team. Sandgren is the first Vol freshman to be on one of the All-SEC teams since Peter Handoyo was named to the first team in 1999.


Co-Coaches of the Year: Billy Pate, Alabama / Manual Diaz, Georgia
Player of the Year: John Isner, Georgia
Freshman of the Year: Jesse Levine, Florida
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kevin Dessauer, LSU

First Team
Blake Strode, Arkansas
Robbert Lathouwers, Auburn
Jesse Levine, Florida
Greg Ouellette, Florida
John Isner, Georgia
Luis Flores, Georgia
Travis Helgeson, Georgia
Ken Skupski, LSU
Danny Bryan, LSU
Erling Tveit, Ole Miss
Robbye Poole, Ole Miss
Philipe Frayssinoux, Mississippi State
Kaden Hensel, Tennessee

Second Team
Nestor Briceno, Florida
Matic Omerzel, Georgia
Nate Schnugg, Georgia
Jamie Hunt, Georgia
Kalle Norberg, Ole Miss
Jonas Berg, Ole Miss
Kevin Dessauer, LSU
Ivan Bjelica, Mississippi State
Davey Sandgren, Tennessee
Billy Mertz, Alabama
Ryan Preston, Vanderbilt
Bruno Agostinelli, Kentucky

Davey Sandgren