Two Conference Titles (1974, 1987)
@CentreTennis Competes at ITA Regionals
SEWANEE, Tenn. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's tennis team opened the 2016-17 campaign at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Singles and Doubles Championships presented by Oracle at Sewanee.
The Colonels posted a very strong showing, tallying 23 total wins, a 21-victory improvement from last season's two-win performance at the ITA Regionals.
Sophomore Ben Hadlock (Okemos, Mich.), an All-SAA selection as a freshman a year ago, recorded a 3-1 ledger on the weekend in singles play, winning the consolation crown in his draw. He defeated teammate Luke Brooks (Pineville, Ky.) in the Gold consolation bracket finals.
Brooks posted a 2-2 record in singles play, defeating opponents from Millsaps and Covenant in the consolation bracket.
Senior Caleb Smith (Morristown, Tenn.) was 3-1 in singles action in the tournament, topping foes from Millsaps, Sewanee, and Methodist en route to winning consolation for his draw.
Freshman Trey Akmon (Louisville, Ky.) finished 1-2 in singles competition, with his lone win coming against Sewanee's Scott Gallimore, 7-5, 6-2. Gallimore started for the conference champion Tigers last year at the No. 6 position.
Freshman Josh Joiner (Danville, Ky.) went 2-1 in singles action, defeating opponents from LaGrange and Guilford to advance to the semifinals of his draw.
Freshman Quinn Pritchett (Salt Lake City, Utah) was 1-1 on the weekend in singles competition, moving into the quarterfinals of his draw before losing to the eventual champion Mac McCullough of Sewanee.
Freshman Ben Weaver (Louisville, Ky.) recorded a 2-2 mark on the weekend in singles play, advancing to the finals of the consolation of his bracket by topping individuals from Belhaven and Millsaps.
Sophomore Cy Dutton (Shelbyville, Ky.) played his way to the consolation finals of his bracket, while freshman Matt Ko advanced to the quarterfinals of his bracket before falling to Sewanee's Fletcher Kerr.
In doubles action, Akmon and senior Logan Henize (Cincinnati, Ohio) won their first round matchup of the top doubles flight by a score of 8-5, before falling to No. 1 seed Emory in a competitive match.
The duo of Weaver and Dutton, Hadlock and Smith as well as the tandem of Pritchett and Joiner each advanced to the quarterfinals of their doubles bracket.