W&L's Shamshiri Named ODAC Men's Tennis Player of the Year
FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) released its 2014 all-conference men's tennis team on Thursday and Washington and Lee dominated the selections.
Junior Taylor Shamshiri (Austin, Texas / ATA College Prep) was named the ODAC Player of the Year and sophomore Michael Holt (Henrico, Va. / Mills Godwin) was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The two earned first team All-ODAC laurels in singles and comprised the first team all-conference No. 1 doubles team.
Joining Shamshiri and Holt on the all-conference first team for singles were junior Christopher Hu (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood) at No. 3, first-year Jordan Krasner (Rockville, Md. / Walter Johnson) at No. 4 and sophomores Brian Krouskos (Alpharetta, Ga. / Mount Pisgah Christian) and Sam Borowsky (Bala Cynwyd, Pa. / Harriton) at Nos. 5-6, respectively. In doubles, Krasner and sophomore John Kirby (Jacksonville, Fla. / Stanton College Prep) received first team honors at No. 3, while Borowsky and Hu were second team honorees at No. 2 doubles.
Shamshiri garnered the ODAC's top honor after logging a 10-9 record at No. 1 singles and notching a 21-4 mark at No. 1 doubles. A three-time first team all-league honoree and 2013 First Team All-American, he has recorded a 38-32 career singles record and a 62-21 doubles record.
Holt received the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and earned First Team All-ODAC honors as No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. A two-time first team honoree and 2013 First Team All-American, he has posted a 17-6 singles record and a 23-4 doubles mark this year.
Hu was named to the first team for singles for the third straight year, while garnering second team honors in doubles after receiving first team recognition each of the past two years. He currently claims a 10-4 singles record and an 11-5 doubles mark.
Krasner received first team recognition in both singles and doubles during his rookie season. He has posted a 17-7 singles record and a 17-6 doubles slate.
Krouskos earned first team all-conference honors in singles for the second straight year and was a third teamer in doubles as a rookie in 2013. He has notched a 12-6 singles record this year, while also going 9-3 in doubles matches.
Borowsky earned his first career all-conference honors after logging a 6-1 singles record and an 11-3 doubles record while playing mostly with Hu.
Kirby was a third team honoree at No. 3 doubles as a first-year last spring. This year, he has posted a 6-3 singles mark and a 13-3 record in doubles.
Randolph-Macon's Charles Gray was named the ODAC Coach of the Year and Virginia Wesleyan's Kenneth Downing was selected as the ODAC Rookie of the Year.
Washington and Lee is currently 17-4 overall and finished the ODAC schedule with a 10-0 record. The Generals claimed their fifth straight conference title on April 27 with a 5-0 win over Virginia Wesleyan. W&L is now waiting to see who it's opponent will be in the 2014 NCAA Division III Tournament.