W&L's Shepherd Named ODAC Men's Tennis Player of the Year

W&L's Shepherd Named ODAC Men's Tennis Player of the Year

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) released its 2018 all-conference men's tennis team on Tuesday and Washington and Lee sophomore Harry Shepherd (Ridgewood, N.J. / St. George's School) was selected as the ODAC Player of the Year.

The Generals claimed four first team selections and one second team selection for singles, but did not have a doubles team recognized.

Shepherd earned first team laurels at No. 1 singles and was joined on the All-ODAC First Team by junior Zack Ely (Norwalk, Conn. / Brien McMahon), sophomore Thomas Harmon (Tampa, Fla. / Plant) and senior March Zheng (Leawood, Kan. / Pembroke Hill).  Ely was honored at No. 3 singles, Harmon at No. 4 singles and Zheng was recognized at No. 5 singles.  Sophomore Mitchell Thomas (Houma, La. / Vandebilt Catholic) added second team laurels at No. 2 singles.

A transfer from Emory University, Shepherd has posted a 13-3 overall record and logged a 6-0 mark in conference play during his first season with the Generals.  In doubles, he has recorded an 11-6 overall mark.

Ely earned his third all-conference honor after posting second team honors in singles as a first-year and first team laurels in singles last season.  He was also the 2016 ODAC Rookie of the Year.  During the 2017-18 season, he has registered a 7-5 overall singles record, including a 7-0 mark in conference play.

Harmon earned his second career ODAC honor after posting first team honors at No. 6 singles and No. 2 doubles during his rookie campaign.  He has logged a 12-4 singles mark and a 9-7 doubles record during the 2017-18 season.  He was 7-0 in singles in conference play.

Zheng also earned All-ODAC laurels for the second straight season.  He was a first team honoree at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles a year ago.  This season, he earned first team honors again at No. 5 singles after notching a 12-5 singles record, including a 9-0 mark in conference matches.  He also registered an 8-4 doubles ledger.

Thomas added to his resume with another all-conference honor after posting first team honors at No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles a year ago.  This year, he has notched an 11-8 singles record, including a 7-2 conference record, and a 14-8 doubles mark.

Guilford's Dave McCain was selected as the ODAC Coach of the Year and Quaker first-year Elijah Gregory was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year.  Guilford sophomore Tate Godwin received ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.

Washington and Lee carries a 12-6 overall record into the NCAA Tournament after claiming the ODAC title with a 5-1 win over Hampden-Sydney on Sunday.  The Generals take on Thomas More at Emory University in Atlanta on Friday.

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