Going Back-to-Back is Marcus Berninger in winning the BLITZ Player of the Year award. He dominated his opponents, and also took 13 of the 16 1st-place votes to secure the award.
BY THE NUMBERS
- 5-1 RECORD
- 55-4 Career W-L
The Dragons’ senior was on his way to going above 60 wins for his career. He lost just one time this season, and four times in his entire career.
- Marcus Berninger – 73 pts (13 1st-place votes)
- Zhiyang Shu – 28.75 (2)
- Jeb Barnette – 28.25 (1)
- Pierce Martin – 26.5
- Laken Ferrell – 18.75
- Andrew Rabern – 11.75
- Garrett Roberson – 9
Voting for Player of the Year is performed by an internal voting panel consisting of mostly local sports reporters, as well as a small group of former officials, former players, and former coaches. The panel ranks the finalists in order, producing a Heisman-style voting point total.
HISTORY OF TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2020 – Marcus Berninger (Jefferson SR #1 Singles)
2019 – Marcus Berninger (Jefferson JR #1 Singles)
2018 – Gabe Martin (Banks SR #1 Singles)
2017 – Trey Wilcox (Tallulah Falls SR #1 Singles)
2016 – Trey Wilcox (Rabun JR #1 Singles)
2015 – Trey Wilcox (Rabun SO #1 Singles)
2014 – Justin Yang/Gatlin Boswell (Banks SR #2 Doubles)
2013 – Bobby Nguyen (Banks JR #3 Singles)
2012 – Jake Schaefer (Banks JR #1 Singles)
2011 – Will Jarrard (Lumpkin SR #1 Singles)
2010 – Thomas Flowers (White SR #1 Singles)
Berninger wins it in back-to-back fashion, making him the second-ever to repeat. Only Trey Wilcox won it more times (3 straight with Rabun and Tallulah Falls).
LOOKING AHEAD – THE NEXT FAVORITE
With Berninger moving on, one could make a great argument for Pierce Martin (Banks), who could follow in his brother’s footsteps and win it as a senior. Garrett Roberson (Commerce) is the only finalist coming back, so those two would be the early front-runners.