Costa Mesa, Calif. - The 2012 Vanguard University men's tennis team recently ended the season with a quarterfinal loss at the NAIA Championships to eventual NAIA Champion Oklahoma Christian, but the postseason honors continue to roll in for some of Vanguard's top players. Leading the Lions to a No. 6 rating in the NAIA, senior Lucas Pereira was named to the NAIA All-America First Team while freshman Roger Muri was selected for the NAIA All-America Second Team. Both players were chosen for the 2012 All-GSAC men's tennis team.
Pereira, who comes from Sao Paulo, Brazil, transferred to Vanguard from California Baptist as a sophomore and just completed his third season with the Lions. Playing the top singles position at Vanguard for the past two seasons, Pereira was ranked No. 11 in the April NAIA-ITA individual player ratings and No. 8 in the NAIA-ITA doubles team ratings. Taking on every opponent's best player, Pereira netted a 13-12 singles record as a senior, helping the Lions tally a 15-11 overall record and an 8-6 mark in Golden State Athletic Conference play while being named to the NAIA All-America first team. VU's three-time All-GSAC player also combined for a doubles record of 15-11 with four different partners at the number one or two positions.Muri, a first-year Lion from Switzerland, had a tremendous debut season for Vanguard as he filled either the second or third spot in the Lion singles lineup. He tallied a 13-5 singles mark at No. 2 and a 4-2 record at No. 3 to help charge the Lions to a top-10 NAIA Ranking all season. Muri, an NAIA All-America second team selection, was ranked 43rd in singles and 17th in doubles in the April ITA NAIA National players rating. However, by May Muri had moved up from 17th individually in the ITA NAIA West ranking to 7th. He will undoubtedly rise also in the May ITA NAIA National rating scheduled to be released later today. Muri ended the year with an overall doubles record of 15-11, playing with three different Lions in all three doubles positions, helping lead his new team back to the NAIA National Tournament quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row before bowing out to the eventual 2012 NAIA Champion Oklahoma Christian University.