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Henning named Rookie of the Year, 1st Team All-MEAC

Freshman Benedikt Henning of the Norfolk State men's tennis team earned the MEAC Rookie of the Year Award on Tuesday morning when the conference office announced the postseason accolades for the 2016 spring season.

Freshman Benedikt Henning of the Norfolk State men’s tennis team earned the MEAC Rookie of the Year Award on Tuesday morning when the conference office announced the postseason accolades for the 2016 spring season. Originally on NSUSpartans.com.

NORFOLK, Va. – Freshman Benedikt Henning of the Norfolk State men’s tennis team earned the MEAC Rookie of the Year Award on Tuesday morning when the conference office announced the postseason accolades for the 2016 spring season. In addition, he was also named first team All-MEAC.
 
He became the fourth different men’s player for NSU to win the rookie of the year award and the third in the last five years. The Spartan men have now had an all-conference player for at least each of the last 15 years, based on available records, as well as a first-team honoree in six of the last seven seasons.
 
Henning led NSU to a 4-1 MEAC record this year and a second place finish in the North. He posted a 10-9 overall singles mark and went undefeated in conference matches at 4-0. He went 9-8 while competing at the No. 1 spot in the lineup for NSU in his first collegiate season. Henning, a native of Bad Hersfeld, Germany, also played primarily at No. 1 doubles, going 2-2 in conference play and 7-10 overall. He was named MEAC Rookie of the Week three times and also won the player of the week award once.
 
Bethune-Cookman’s Alex Chepik earned the MEAC Player of the Year award. Carl Goodman of Florida A&M was named coach of the year.
 
The Spartans will begin play in the MEAC tournament on Thursday at ODU’s Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center. NSU will take on South No. 3 seed South Carolina State at 4 p.m.

2016 Men’s Tennis All-MEAC Teams

First Team

Name School Class Hometown
Alex Chepik Bethune-Cookman So. Moscow, Russia
Jeremy Field Morgan State Fr. Seyssinet-Pariset, France
Benedikt Henning Norfolk State Fr. Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Walner Espinoza Florida A&M Jr. Panama City, Fla.
Walid Gtari Bethune-Cookman Sr. Arianna, Tunisia
Kert Kliments North Carolina Central So. Kuressare, Estonia

Second Team

Name School Class Hometown
Karlyn Small Florida A&M So. Phoenixville, Pa.
Vladyslav Yanchenko South Carolina State So. Ukraine
Ismael Kaouache Howard Jr. Casablanca, Morocco
Alvaro Barrero Bethune-Cookman Jr. Madrid, Spain
Jakub Vitek South Carolina State So. Czech Republic
Courage Okungbowa Florida A&M Jr. Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Player of the Year: Alex Chepik, Bethune-Cookman
Rookie of the Year: Benedikt Henning, Norfolk State
Coach of the Year: Carl Goodman, Florida A&M

Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.