2018-19 YEAR IN REVIEW: Tennis

2018-19 YEAR IN REVIEW: Tennis

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's and women's tennis teams wrapped up the 2019 season, as both teams captured their seventh straight Southern Athletic Association Regular Season and Tournament Championship.

Men's Season Recap
The men's team finished with a 21-7 record, as the team recorded its third consecutive 20-win season. The Tigers claimed six wins over ranked opponents, including Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), Mary Washington (Va.), Denison (Ohio), Kalamazoo (Mich.), Carleton (Minn.) and Stevens (N.J.).

Finishing undefeated in conference play, Sewanee swept past Hendrix, Millsaps and Rhodes to claim the team's seventh straight SAA Tournament Championship and the team's ninth conference title in the program's history.

Earning the team's 17th appearance in the NCAA Championships, the Tigers went to Atlanta on the campus of Emory University and battled N.C. Wesleyan for the second straight year in the Second Round.

The men finished the regular season ranked 22nd in the nation, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

Leading the men's team in singles wins was Jordan Brewer, as he finished with a 16-7 record. He finished the season on a five-match winning streak and a 7-0 record at the No. 4 flight.

In doubles, Jack Gray recorded a 17-8 to lead the team in wins. The senior finished with an 8-3 record at the No. 2 flight.

Men's Memorable Match | Sewanee vs. Gustavus Adolphus, March 15
Sewanee started its annual spring break trip with competition at the Stag Hen Invitational, co-hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona Pitzer Colleges. The Tigers started with the Gusties of Gustavus Adolphus in the quarterfinal round.

The Tigers were down 2-1 after doubles play. Jack Metzger/Brandon Kali avoided the shutout with an 8-4 win at the No. 2 flight.

Moving into singles, Brandon Kali evened the score at two wins apiece with a straight-set victory at the No. 4 flight.

However, the Gusties won the No. 2 and 3 flights to come within one win of taking the match.

Trailing 4-2, Sewanee won the final three points to secure the match. After Ryan Olps won the No. 5 flight, Andres Carro downed Patrick Whaling at the No. 1 to even the score at four points each.

Coming down to the No. 6 point, Jack Metzger took the opening set, 6-3, but he saw Indraneel Raut force a third set with a 6-4 win to even the point. However, the sophomore rallied to defeat 6-3 to take the match.

Women's Season Recap
The women's tennis program finished with a 17-9 record, including an 8-1 record at home.

For a third straight season, the Tigers hosted the ITA Indoor National Championships in Nashville after Chattanooga hosted the first two seasons.

With an undefeated season in conference play, the Tigers outscored their opponents 15-2 in the SAA Tournament to win the team's seventh conference championship and the program's 13th conference title in the 46-year existence of women's tennis at The University of the South.

Earning the team's 26th appearance into the NCAA Tournament, the sixth-most in NCAA Division III, the Tigers squared off with Washington & Lee in the Second Round in Atlanta.

Sewanee finished ranked 30th nationally in the final rankings, according to the ITA.

The Tigers had one student-athlete, Catherine Owen, qualify for the NCAA Singles Championship. The Tunica, Miss. native finished the year with a 12-7 record.

Additionally, Owen finished the year 29th in the national singles poll, while her and her partner, Ellie Czura, are ranked 23rd in the doubles poll. The duo wrapped up a 13-8 record.

Women's Memorable Match | Sewanee vs. Rhodes, March 30
After the team's annual spring break to California, the Tigers, who were 7-8, stepped back into conference play with an old rival in Rhodes.

Sewanee swept doubles play, as Ellie Czura/Catherine Owen and Caroline Adams/Mary Jane McCaghren took down their opponents at the No. 2 and 3 flights, respectively, by similar 8-6 scores.

In singles, the Purple and Gold won four of six matchups to win the contest, 7-2. At the No. 6, Adams recorded a 6-0, 6-0 shutout over Tricia Sculco.

With the win, the Sewanee women's tennis program earned its 40th straight win regular season conference match. Never losing a conference match since the conference's inception in 2013, the Tigers finished the 2019 season with a 44-match regular season winning streak against conference foes.

If you include the postseason, the team has won 65 straight matches against schools from the league.

Southern Athletic Association
SAA Player of the Week
March 6 - Ellie Czura
March 20 - Catherine Owen
March 26 - Abbie Vaughn
April 11 - Aubrey Davis
April 24 - Jack Gray

All-SAA Team - Men
Felix Mann - Coach of the Year
Andres Carro - Player of the Year, First Team
Brandon Kali - Newcomer of the Year, Second Team
Jack Gray - First Team
Jordan Brewer - Second Team
Jack Metzger - Honorable Mention
Fletcher Kerr - Honorable Mention

All-SAA Team - Women
Conchie Shackelford - Coach of the Year
Catherine Owen - Player of the Year, First Team
Ellie Czura - First Team
Mary Jane McCaghren - Second Team
Caroline Adams - Honorable Mention
Jordan Besh - Honorable Mention
Maura McCrary - Honorable Mention

SAA Man of the Year
Jack Gray

SAA All-Sportsmanship Team
Men: Fletcher Kerr
Women: Jordan Besh

SAA Academic Honor Roll
Jordan Brewer
Aubrey Davis
Jack Gray
Sean Halloran
Brandon Kali
Mac McCullough
Zan Meyer
Ryan Olps

Jordan Besh
Mary Jane McCaghren
Maura McCrary
Catherine Owen
Alexandra Smyth
Taylor Sprouse
Lilly Stephens
Sara Thompson
Haley Tucker

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