April 29, 2009

Several Generals Named to All-ODAC Men's Tennis Team

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its all-conference men's tennis team on Wednesday and Washington and Lee had several players honored.

First-year Jeremy Becht (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) was selected as the Co-Rookie of the Year, along with Roanoke College's John Roy. Becht also earned First Team All-ODAC honors at No. 2 singles and was joined on the first team singles squad by junior Brent Meyers (The Hague, Netherlands/The British School) and first-years Ben Fass (Baltimore, Md./Friends) and Michael Freeman (Portland, Ore./Jesuit). Senior Jamie McCardell (Cornwall, Vt./Episcopal) and first-year Jonathan Gaffney (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) were second team selections in singles, while Gaffney, sophomores Tim Watson (White Stone, Va./Landon) and Will Hall (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth), McCardell and junior Alex Brooke (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain) all garnered First Team All-ODAC laurels in doubles.

Becht tied for the team lead with 19 singles (19-8) victories and was the winner of the No. 1 flight at the ODAC Singles Championship during the fall season. He also posted a 14-9 record while playing a variety of doubles positions.

Meyers earned his honors at No. 3 singles, where he logged a 9-8 overall record. He also posted a 6-5 record while playing mostly at No. 2 doubles.

Fass garnered first team recognition at No. 4 singles after tying Becht for the team lead with 19 wins (19-7). He played four doubles matches on the season, finishing 3-1 overall.

Freeman received first team honors at No. 5 singles after logging an 18-10 overall record. He also went 5-5 in doubles, playing mostly at No. 2 & No. 3.

McCardell was tabbed to the first team for his work at No. 2 doubles, where he posted an 11-12 overall record. McCardell also earned Second Team All-ODAC honors at No. 1 singles after notching a 7-18 record.

Gaffney posted first team laurels at No. 3 doubles and second team honors at No. 6 singles. In doubles, he recorded a 12-8 overall mark, while he went 10-10 in singles.

Watson registered a 7-6 singles record and an 11-10 doubles mark, while Hall went 7-1 in singles and 10-3 in doubles. Both were named first team all-conference at No. 1 doubles.

Brooke was a First Team All-ODAC selection at No. 2 doubles after posting a 15-7 record. He also went 5-3 in singles.

In other major awards, Hampden-Sydney's William Moss was named the ODAC Player of the Year and ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Bridgewater's Connor Smith was selected the Coach of the Year.

Washington and Lee is 15-6 overall and finished with a 9-0 record in the ODAC. The Generals advanced to the ODAC Championship match where they fell to second-seeded Hampden-Sydney, 5-3. The loss snapped a string of 13-consecutive conference titles for W&L. The Generals are currently waiting to see if they will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

 

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