April 29, 2011

Seven Generals Named to the All-ODAC Men's Tennis Team

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2011 all-conference men's tennis team on Friday and Washington and Lee had seven players honored.

Senior Will Hall (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) was honored as the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year, in addition to earning first team honors at No. 3 singles.

Hall was joined on the first team by sophomore Hayden White (Baltimore, Md./Towson), junior Jeremy Becht (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah), junior Michael Freeman (Portland, Ore./Jesuit), junior Jonathan Gaffney (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and junior Ben Fass (Baltimore, Md./Friends).

The team of Becht and Gaffney garnered second team recognition in doubles, while junior Brian Roberts (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) was an honorable mention honoree in singles.

White posted first team laurels at No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles.  His second-straight All-ODAC selection in singles and doubles, he is currently ranked sixth in the Atlantic South Region in singles with an 18-4 overall record.  In doubles, he has paired predominantly with Freeman and he is 20-3 overall.

Becht notched first team honors at No. 2 singles and was a second team selection while teaming with Gaffney at No. 2 doubles.  It was his third selection to the All-ODAC team after posting a 16-6 singles record and a 13-5 doubles mark.  Becht is currently ranked 16th in the Atlantic South Region in singles play.

Hall also earned his third selection to the All-ODAC team after posting a 7-5 singles ledger before having his season cut short due to injury.  He also recorded a 12-5 doubles mark, teaming with junior Mac Davis (Prospect, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) to form the 10th-ranked doubles pair in the Atlantic South Region.

Freeman logged his third selection to the All-ODAC squad after notching a 13-5 record at No. 4 singles and a 15-1 doubles mark while playing primarily at No. 3 doubles with White.

Gaffney was a first team choice at No. 5 singles and a second team selection at No. 2 doubles while playing with Becht.  He has logged a 12-4 singles record and an 11-6 doubles mark this season.  He was a second team honoree in doubles as a sophomore and a second team pick in singles as a first-year.

Fass earned his first all-conference honor after garnering first team laurels at No. 6 singles this spring.  He has produced a 13-4 overall record.

Roberts also received his first postseason accolade with his selection to the honorable mention squad.  He has logged a 13-2 record while playing mostly at No. 6 singles and is 11-2 in doubles play, primarily playing at No. 2.

Hampden-Sydney's Rich Pugh was named the ODAC Player of the Year, while Bridgewater's Conor Smith was tabbed as the ODAC Coach of the Year.  Tyler Mercier of Guilford received the ODAC Rookie of the Year award and Bridgewater College received the team sportsmanship award.

Washington and Lee won the ODAC title with a 5-0 victory over Hampden-Sydney in the title match.  The Generals finished the regular season with a perfect 9-0 ODAC record and a 15-3 overall mark.  W&L will play in the NCAA Division III Tournament beginning on May 13.

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