ODAC Announces All-Conference Men's Tennis Awards

Mitchell Thomas

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) released its 2019 all-conference men's tennis team on Tuesday and Washington and Lee junior Mitchell Thomas (Houma, La. / Vandebilt Catholic) was selected as the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

In addition to the major award for Thomas, the Generals claimed six All-ODAC citations, including one first team selection in singles and two first team selections in doubles.

First-year Bobby Neuner (Darien, Conn. / Darien) earned First Team All-ODAC honors at No. 3 singles, while the doubles team of Neuner and Thomas, and the tandem of junior Harry Shepherd (Ridgewood, N.J. / St. George's School) and sophomore Noah Tapp (Lexington, Ky. / Henry Clay), garnered first team recognition at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, respectively.

Shepherd also added second team laurels at No. 1 singles, while Thomas was a second team honoree at No. 2 singles.  Junior Jack Johnson (Fairfield, Conn. / Fairfield Warde) rounded out the W&L all-conference award winners with a second team nod at No. 6 singles.

Thomas has notched a 12-7 overall singles record, including an 8-1 record in conference play.  The economics major also boasts a 17-6 overall doubles record, and a 17-6 mark while playing with Neuner.  Together, they went 10-0 in conference play.

Neuner has registered a team-best 22-2 singles record and he went 11-0 in conference play during his rookie campaign.  In doubles, he has notched an 18-6 overall record and a 17-6 mark while playing with Thomas at No. 1 doubles.

Shepherd has logged a 9-10 mark at No. 1 singles (6-2 in ODAC matches) and he is 17-7 overall in doubles.  While teaming with Tapp, he is 12-2 overall and the team went 7-0 in ODAC matches.

Tapp has posted a 10-8 singles record and he is 14-5 overall in doubles, 12-2 while playing with Shepherd.

Johnson went 6-1 overall in singles, winning all six of his conference matches.  He also has posted a 1-1 overall record in doubles.

Bridgewater first-year Canon Secord was named both the ODAC Player and Rookie of the Year, while Virginia Wesleyan Head Coach Marty Perry was named the ODAC Coach of the Year.

Washington and Lee carries a 15-7 overall record into the NCAA Tournament after claiming the ODAC title with a 5-0 win over Hampden-Sydney on Sunday.  The Generals take on Emory in Atlanta on Friday at 10:00 am.

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