Men finish 2nd in SAA regular season; 3rd in tourney; Seeded #2 defeat #7 Berry 9-0; lose an absolute thrilling heartbreaker to #3 Rhodes 5-4; 3rd set-7-6 (5) tiebreaker in final match! Re-group, take out Centre for 3rd in tourney -- highest finish since 1991 when we went d3! Finish 19-5; ranked #14 Atlantic South; 5th ranking in 7 years -- starting to get there!
Petrels Ranked #12 NCAA Atlantic South!!
Just finished a 6-0 Spring break trip beating Grinnell (#13 Central) and Univ of the Ozarks (#17 West). We are 11-3, losses to #1 Emory, #20 W&L; and 5-4 to Christopher Newport (#10 Atlantic South) We have a good win over Mississippi College (#13 Atlantic South) as we head into key conference play.
Young team starting 3 Freshmen and 3 Sophomores went 10-13, finished 7th in SCAC. Defeated #10 Hendrix 7-2, lost to #2 Rhodes 7-2. Lost 5/6 playoff to Colorado College 5-4; defeated Millsaps 5-4 for 7th. We are excited about new conference; The SAA starting next year.
Men's Team Ranked #7 after Fall ITA's, head in to Spring with #7 Atlantic South ranking, definitely putting a target on our back!
Men finish with best record in "modern" era with a 17-5 mark!! Finish 5-0 in conference reguar season.
Ranked #7 Atlantic South Region NCAA D3 !!
Enter SCAC Conference Tourney as #4 seed. Defeat Sewanee 8-1 in 4/5 match; lose to #1 Trinity and finish 4th for second consecutive year. Mann goes 16-3 at #1, Biffle 17-2 at #2, Motz 16-4 at #4, and Bailey 17-3 at #5. Doubles much improved. Highlight was 6-3 win over #6 Atlantic South region W&L.
Loses to nationally ranked #2 Emory, #11 Trinity and #26 Rhodes, with loses to regional ranked (Central) WI-Whitewater and Grinnell. Defeat W & L, Sewanee 2x's, BSC and Mississippi College.
Post Season Highlights
Fr. CJ Antonio selected 1st Team SAA All-Conference (17-6 @#2)
Sr Bryan Bailey selected 2nd Team All-Conference (18-4 @#3)
Soph Ben Hirsch Honorable Mention (18-5 @ #4/5)
Coach Howell selected SAA Coach of the Year
Team ranked #14 Atlantic South
Kirk Zhao named 1st team All-Conference
Kirk Zhao MVP 2012
Craig Borne Most Improved Player 2012
Rajiv Dinakaran Stormiest Petrel 2012
Team Ranked #7 Atlantic South
FELIX MANN #12 Atlantic South
Felix Mann /Ross Beall #7 Atlantic South
September ITA's - Solid Showing
CJ Antonio & Kirk Zhao each won main draw matches, losing to solid Emory players. Hunter Bivins, Cedric Andre, Josh Rosenberg all make quartes of "B" Draw in rain shortened tourney. Freshman Matt Jones had good win v Rhodes. Doubles teams won matches in rain shortened event... We looked pretty solid!
Seeded #2 defeat Berry 9-0, lose incredible 5-4 match to #3 Rhodes, defeat #4 Centre 5-2 for 3rd in SAA tourney. Finish 19-5, with losses to nationally ranked #3 Emory, #22 W&L; and regional losses to #10 Christopher-Newport (5-4), Sewanee (5-4) and split w Rhodes(7-2 us, 5-4 them)
Defeat 4 other tough regionally ranked teams -- Grinnell, Ozarks, Calvin, & Mississippi College
Rajiv Dinakaran make All-Tournament Team going undefeated at #4 Singles
Felix Mann goes 2-1 at #1 with loss to #17 D3 Frey of Trinity; goes 16-3 for year with losses to Nationally ranked #1 & 21, win over #32 White. Finishes #12 Atlantic South
#1Ross Beall/ Felix Mann finish ranked #7 Atlantic South after pairing up last half of the season-- go 6-1
CJ Antonio First Team SAA All-Conference
Bryan Bailey 2nd Team All-Conference
Ben Hirsch Honorable Mention All-Conference
Some incredible records:
CJ Antonio 17-6 at #2
Bryan Bailey 17-4 at #3
Ben Hirsch 18-5 at 4/5
Kirk Zhao 12-5 at 4/5
Briton Richardson 15-2 at 5/6
Nick Roby 12-1 at 5/6
#2 Doubles position was 22-2, #3 was 15-9
Kirk Zhao selected SCAC All-Conference
Kirk Zhao was elected team MVP
Craig Borne selected Most Improved Player
Rajiv Dinakaran selected Stormiest Petrel
Sr.Felix Mann received 2 first place votes and finishes third in voting for Player of the Year; selected All-Conference 2nd consecutive year after being Honorable Mention his first two years. Ranked #12 in Atlantic South region.
Soph Alex Biffle Selected All-Conference after being Honorable Mention his freshman year.
Jr. Bryan Bailey selected Honorable Mention All-Conference for second consecutive year.
Sr. Ross Beall ranked #7 (w Felix Mann) Atlantic South doubles.
Felix Mann MVP
Ethan Motz Most Improved
Lawrence Sweatman Stormiest Petrel
Coach Howell selected SAA Coach of the Year
Peter Howell Inducted into the USPTA-Southern Tennis Hall of Fame
Coach Peter Howell was inducted into GA Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010. Coach Howell was MVP and Captain of his Vanderbilt Team in 1970-71. His mens' regular season record is 113-76 over the past 9 years. His teams have been regionally ranked in the Atlantic South in 5 of the past 6 years finishing with their highest ranking in 2011 -- 7th. His team has finished in the top four in the loaded SCAC in 2010 & 2011. He believes in being a positive coach and offers shortcuts to playing better faster!
He has over 35 years of tennis teaching/coaching experience, having worked with over 10 former All-Americans during his career. As a player, he was ranked #5 nationally by the USTA for 6 years, and has been selected GA. Pro of the Year four times, and Sr. Player of the Year twice. He was also inducted into the GA. Professional Tennis Hall of Fame and founded the GA Professional Tennis Association.
He is looking for players that are academically smart, have good upside tennis potential and a great attitude who want a chance to play college tennis.