Scholl, Plentz Earn Postseason Big South Men's Tennis All-Conference Honors

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CHARLOTTE – Gardner-Webb's Maximilian Scholl was named first-team All-Big South Conference and Breno Plentz earned a spot on the second team as the league announced its postseason awards in advance of the 2017 Big South Men's Tennis Championship.

Scholl (Stuttgart, Germany) was second-leading vote getter overall to earn a spot on the eight-man, first-team All-Conference singles squad.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore powered Gardner-Webb to a second-place finish in the regular season, the program's highest finish since moving to Division I in any conference.

Scholl finished at 18-4 overall, which ranked second among all singles performers during the regular season His winning percentage (.818) ranked second at No. 1 singles and his 18 wins – also second – were 11 more than the next closest competitor.

Scholl was a strong 6-1 against Big South foes in singles competition, with his lone loss coming to 2017 Big South Player of the Year Henry Patton (UNC Asheville). That pair will square off once again in the first round of the Big South Conference Championship on Wednesday morning.

Scholl enters the Big South Conference postseason event with wins in eight of his final 10 matches.

Scholl also earned a spot on the Big South Conference All-Academic Team. The international business major carries an impressive 3.70 cumulative GPA in addition to his excellence on the court.

Plentz was valuable everywhere during his freshman campaign, going 12-8 overall while splitting time at No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles throughout the season. He was at his best against Big South foes, going 6-1 overall in those matches – helping GWU to its highest league finish since moving to Division I.

Plentz was 4-2 at No. 4 singles, split two matches at No. 5 singles and was a stellar 4-1 at No. 6 singles this season. He also picked up 10 wins in doubles play – including a 5-1 mark with Scholl at No. 2 doubles, which includes a 4-0 league mark when the two teamed up.

Plentz finished 5-2 overall in Big South doubles action.

Both Scholl and Plentz will be back in action with Gardner-Webb on Wednesday morning vs. No. 7 seed UNC Asheville in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex).

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2017 Big South Conference Men's Tennis Postseason Awards

First Team All-Conference Singles
Henry Patten, Soph., UNC Asheville
Maximilian Scholl, Soph., Gardner-Webb
Chase Burton, Fr., Liberty
Amadeo Blasco, Fr., Longwood
Josh Swindler, Sr., UNC Asheville
Dustin Werner, Soph., Campbell
Ben Kelley, Sr., Presbyterian College
Gerard Sola, Soph., Campbell
First Team All-Conference Doubles
Henry Patten/Josh Swindler, UNC Asheville
Alex Lykou/Brandon Mills, Presbyterian College
Dustin Werner/Lorenz Schwab, Campbell
Florian Uffer/Amadeo Blasco, Longwood
Second Team All-Conference Singles
Diego Quiroz, Soph., Winthrop
Florian Uffer, Sr., Longwood
Breno Plentz, Fr., Gardner-Webb
Jaime Castillo Lopez, Fr., Presbyterian College
Ruy Teixeira, Soph., Winthrop
Gabriel Dias, Fr., Winthrop
Alejandro Bejar, Jr., Presbyterian College
Fernando Clemente, Fr., Campbell
Josh Ryan, Jr., Winthrop
Second Team All-Conference Doubles
Aditya Gokhale/Diego Quiroz, Winthrop
Jaime Castillo Lopez/Diego Manzanas, Presbyterian College
Ben Kelley/Joel Roberts, Presbyterian College
Gerard Sola/Jonathan O'Neal, Campbell
All-Academic Team
Dustin Werner, Jr., Campbell
Maximilian Scholl, Soph., Gardner-Webb
Diego Castano, Jr., Liberty
Florian Uffer, Sr., Longwood
Diego Manzanas, Sr., Presbyterian College
Alexandros Caldwell, Soph., Radford
Henry Patten, Soph., UNC Asheville
Diego Quiroz, Soph., Winthrop
Player of the Year
Henry Patten, Soph., UNC Asheville

  Freshman of the Year
Amadeo Blasco, Longwood
Coach of the Year
Pierre Tafelski, Longwood
  Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Diego Manzanas, Sr., Presbyterian College