Guillen Tabbed as Big South Player of the Year

Fernando Guillen (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)
Fernando Guillen (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Junior Fernando Guillen (San Louis Potosi, Mexico) was selected as the 2013 Big South Player of the Year becoming the eighth Campbell player to receive that honor. The tandem of Guillen and sophomore Adrien Rossignon (Arlon, Belgium) received All-Conference Doubles recognition, while senior Josep Baro (Barcelona, Spain) was the No. 5 single's flight winner.

The Camels' member of the All-Academic team was Rossignon, who was the 2012 Big South Freshman of the Year. The Arlon, Belgium, native tallied five wins on the season, playing at No. 2.

The top-honor for the league went to Guillen, who compiled an impressive 14-4 mark in dual-match play including a 7-1 record in Big South bouts. He took his first seven contest in Big South action, while rising as high as No. 60 in the ITA ranking.

Guillen is currently carrying a No. 114 ITA ranking into the Big South Championships. The San Louis Potosi, Mexico, native tallied seven three-set victories, closing out each match that went to the decisive frame.

There were two highlights to the campaign for Guillen, who knocked off No. 21 Cameron Silverman of Elon, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, and dealt ECU's Joran Vliegan (17-0) his first defeat of the season. He was the 2012 Big South Flight Winner at No. 2 along with garnering 2011 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year honors.

The last Camel to receive player of the year was Davy Sum in 2011 by the Atlantic Sun. Before then, Campbell had six-straight Big South Player of the Year from 1988-92 with Rodrigo Cagide (1988, 90), Arturo Melendez (1989) and Laszlo Vago (1991, 92) earning the award.

In doubles action, the pair of Guillen and Rossignon finished the dual-match season with a 6-2 record in the Big South at No. 1, securing wins over Radford, Winthrop, Gardner-Webb, Longwood and UNC Asheville. It is the first doubles honor for either player.

Providing stability at the bottom of the lineup was Baro with a 12-3 record for Campbell at No. 5. He posted the best mark in league play at 7-1 with victories against Radford, Winthrop, Longwood, UNC Asheville, Liberty and Presbyterian.

Campbell is the No. 2 seed in the Big South Championships and begins action on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. against No. 7 Liberty. The winner of the dual-match will advance to the semifinals on Friday at 2 p.m.