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Cougar Netters Named SoCon April Athletes Of The Month

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          Release: 05/02/2012
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - College of Charleston's Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.) and Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) were named Southern Conference April Athletes of the Month as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Parker, a junior left-hander, led the CofC men's tennis team to an 8-1 record in the month of April including its first Southern Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth since 2003. The Cougars defeated the likes of UNCG, Furman, Georgia Southern, The Citadel and Davidson in regular-season play and Chattanooga, Furman and Samford in the SoCon Tournament.

He went nearly perfect at No. 3 singles (7-1 overall, 5-1 SoCon) and at No. 1 doubles (7-1 overall, 6-0 SoCon) with teammate Mickael Trintignac. Parker and Trintignac were honored on the All-SoCon First Team in doubles which marked his first career all-conference award. The Cougar tandem were ranked No. 66 in the country in the Campbell's/ITA Collegiate Tennis Doubles Rankings released on April 17 to become the first CofC duo to make an appearance in the national rankings since Sagi Zakin and Henrico DuPlessis in 2002.

Kambourelis, a sophomore right-hander, guided the CofC women's tennis team to an impressive 9-1 record in the month of April as well as the program's highest-ever national ranking at No. 60 in the Campbell's/ITA Collegiate Tennis Team Rankings. The Cougars also captured their fourth-straight Southern Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in the process.

Kambourelis went undefeated at No. 2 singles (10-0 overall, 5-0 SoCon) and at No. 2 doubles (8-0 overall, 5-0 SoCon) with teammates Jenny Falcone and Christin Newman during the entire month which also included postseason tournament play as she garnered SoCon Most Outstanding Player honors going 3-0 at No. 2 singles versus seventh-seeded Elon in the quarterfinals, third-seeded Furman in the semifinals and top-seeded UNCG in the finals.

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