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Kelsey Schmidt, Billy Paluch and Mary McMullan
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Billy Paluch Named MVC Men's Tennis All-Conference

OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton men's tennis junior Billy Paluch has been named a member of the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference all-select team, announced Thursday night at the pre-tournament banquet.  Paluch becomes the fourth men's tennis player to earn the honor, joining teammate J.T. Christian, who was named all-conference in 2010.

Paluch led the men's tennis team (9-9, 0-5) with an 11-7 mark this spring, adding to his overall 16-11 mark this season.  He has played every match at No. 1 singles, facing the best individual player from each opponent. 

The Rapid City, S.D., native ws a 2011 first team MVC Scholar-Athlete, while also earning MVC Player of the Week honors earlier this season, after finishing undefeated in both singles and doubles play on the teams spring break trip in Orlando, Fla.

Paluch and his Bluejay teammates open up MVC Tournament play on Friday as the No. 6 seed, taking on No. 3 Bradley at 3:00 pm.  Friday's play has been moved indoors to Hanscom Indoor Tennis Center.

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