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American Southwest Conference Announces All-Conference, Division Men's Tennis Teams
May 6, 2003

RICHARDSON, Texas ----- Senior Mitch Aston of conference champion Hardin-Simmons University leads the list of men's tennis all-conference selections for the American Southwest Conference, announced today (May 6) following voting by the league's head coaches.

A senior, Aston is a three-time ASC All-Conference selection and was also voted ASC West Division Most Valuable Player and First Team All-West for a third year after leading the Cowboys to the league championship. Aston joins junior teammate Brad Grace; juniors Thomas Blalock and Drew Brooks of conference runner-up and East Division champion Mississippi College; senior Kevin Durten of the University of Texas at Dallas; and junior Matt Smith of Schreiner University on the all-conference squad. Durten is a second-year all-conference pick while the other four are first-time award winners.

American Southwest Conference Men's Tennis All-Conference Team 2003

Mitch Aston Sr. Hardin-Simmons University Abilene, Texas
Thomas Blalock Jr. Mississippi College Clinton, Miss.
Drew Brooks Jr. Mississippi College Greenville, Miss.
Kevin Durten Sr. University of Texas at Dallas Plano, Texas
Brad Grace Jr. Hardin-Simmons University Victoria, Texas
Matt Smith Jr. Schreiner University San Angelo, Texas

In addition to announcement of the all-conference teams, the ASC men's tennis coaches also released the East and West Division teams and individual award recipients. In the East Division, Brooks earned Most Valuable Player honors while Thaddaeus Gassie of LeTourneau University was named Freshman of the Year. David Boteler of Mississippi College and Nathan Choate of UT Dallas were named co-Coach of the Year in the East. In addition to Aston's MVP award, other ASC West Division award winners included Matt Hembree of Howard Payne University as Freshman of the Year and sophomore Adam Webb of Schreiner University as Newcomer of the Year. Hardin-Simmons coach Jim Cole was voted West Division Coach of the Year.

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE 2003 MEN'S TENNIS ALL-EAST DIVISION TEAM, AWARDS

All-East Division First Team
Thomas Blalock Jr. Mississippi College Clinton, Miss.
Drew Brooks Jr. Mississippi College Greenville, Miss.
Adam Caldwell Sr. Mississippi College Lake Charles, La.
Kevin Durten Sr. University of Texas at Dallas Plano, Texas
Trey Griffith Sr. Mississippi College Madison, Miss.
Ryan O'Connor Jr. Austin College San Antonio, Texas
       
All-East Division Second Team
Taylor Dodds Sr. University of the Ozarks Denton, Texas
Andrew Gannon Jr. Austin College San Antonio, Texas
Drew Livingood Sr. LeTourneau University Stamford, Texas
Zack Schiff So. University of the Ozarks Tulsa, Okla.
Ryan Seaton Sr. Mississippi College Quitman, Miss.
Chris Tallarico Sr. Mississippi College Lancaster, Pa.

East Division Awards
Most Valuable Player
: Drew Brooks, Jr., Mississippi College
Freshman of the Year: Thaddaeus Gassie, Fr., LeTourneau University (McPherson, Kan.)
Co-Coach of the Year: David Boteler, Mississippi College; Nathan Choate, University of Texas at Dallas

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE 2003 MEN'S TENNIS ALL-WEST DIVISION

All-West Division First Team  
Mitch Aston Sr. Hardin-Simmons University Abilene, Texas
Brad Grace Jr. Hardin-Simmons University Victoria, Texas
Matt Hembree Fr. Howard Payne University Odessa, Texas
Mark Plowman Jr. Hardin-Simmons University Abilene, Texas
Matt Smith Jr. Schreiner University San Angelo, Texas
David Wu Fr. Hardin-Simmons University Abilene, Texas
       
All-West Division Second Team  
Rob Anguiano Jr. Schreiner University Corpus Christi, Texas
Greg Crum Sr. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Killeen, Texas
Stephen Harris So. Schreiner University Temple, Texas
Adam O'Neal Fr. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Mesquite, Texas
David Salazar So. McMurry University Brownwood, Texas
Phillip Zavala Sr. Schreiner University San Antonio, Texas

West Division Awards
Most Valuable Player
: Mitch Aston, Sr., Hardin-Simmons University
Freshman of the Year: Matt Hembree, Fr., Howard Payne University
Newcomer of the Year: Adam Webb, So., Schreiner University (Dallas, Texas)
Coach of the Year: Jim Cole, Hardin-Simmons


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