SIAC announces yearly tennis honourees

Courtesy of the SIAC

Mark Chigaazira of Benedict has been named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Men’s Tennis Player of the Year and headlines the 2023 All-SIAC Team, announced by the league on Saturday.

Gregory Green of Tuskegee was named 2023 SIAC Coach of the Year.

The honors were determined by votes from the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

Player of the Year, Mark Chigaazira, Benedict College

Courtesy of Benedict Athletics

Mark Chigaazira, a graduate student from Harare, Zimbabwe, was 13-2 overall and 10-1 conference play at the No. 1 singles position. He won his last 10 matches. Chigaazira partnered with doubles teammate and brother Jason Chigaazira to build a 10-5 overall at No. 1 doubles spot, and 8-3 in SIAC play to receive all-conference honors.

Courtesy Tuskegee Athletics

Tuskegee’s men’s tennis head coach Gregory Green led the Golden Tigers to a 10-5 overall record and an 8-2 in conference play. Coach Green also had two players earn All-Conference honors in singles play in Josiah Blocus and Torain Alleyne.
The Elite 14 award recognized the student-athlete who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the SIAC championship level in his or her sport while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Divgurjot Singh of Benedict is the recipient of this year’s Elite 14 award.

The 2023 SIAC Men’s Tennis Championship is set to take place April 15-16 at Peachtree Tennis Center in Peachtree City, Ga. More information about the championship tournament can be found here.

Men’s Tennis Superlative Awards

Player of the Year
Mark Chigaazira, Benedict
Coach of the Year
Gregory Green, Tuskegee

Elite 14 Honoree
Divgurjot Singh (Benedict, 3.98)

Men’s Tennis

All-Conference Team

Mark ChigaaziraBenedictGraduate StudentHarare, Zimbabwe
Paul-Philipp KernSpring HillR-SophomoreSolingen, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Josiah BlocusTuskegeeSophomoreAtlanta, Ga
Torain AlleyneTuskegeeSophomoreBridgetown, Barbados
Santiago SotoMorehouseFreshmanJacksonville, FL
Marcus FriersonLeMoyne-OwenSeniorMemphis, TN
Paul-Philipp Kern/Tom GutermannSpring HillR-Sophomore/FreshmanSolingen, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany/Biberach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Charles Wallace/Sebastian TorresSpring HillJunior/SophomoreBournemouth, England/Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Mark Chigaazira/Jason ChigaaziraBenedictGraduate Student/SophomoreHarare, Zimbabwe

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