Tennis reaches ODAC Championship Game
Undefeated singles player Rich Pugh ’11
The 2011 tennis team continued to show that they are one of the top teams in the region. They finished the season with an 11-4 record, made their fourth-straight appearance in the ODAC Championship match, and boasted a #14 regional ranking. The Tigers had an undefeated home record at 7-0 and boasted an 8-1 mark in conference play.
Rich Pugh had a 7-2 overall record at the #1 singles flight and was ranked 20th in the region. He went 6-0 in the ODAC, including a regular season 6-3 6-3 defeat of W&L’s Hayden White, who ranked sixth in the region. Pugh owns the third best #1 singles winning percentage in the conference and was one of only two players in conference to go undefeated in ODAC matches and he did not lose a single set in ODAC regular season play.
Shad Harrell recorded a 7-4 overall record, a 7-3 record at #2 singles, and was 5-2 in the ODAC. Harrell was one of only two players in conference to have only one loss at the #2 flight. Additionally, he tag teamed with high school teammate Kevin Calhoun form the best #2 doubles teams in the ODAC as they went 9-0 in ODAC regular season play, one of only three doubles teams to go undefeated in conference. Calhoun also sported a 10-3 overall singles record at the #3 flight. Calhoun went 8-3 at the #3 spot, the second best mark in the ODAC and the best of all players to play seven or more matches. However, in ODAC-only matches, Calhoun had by far the highest win percentage at .833.
Tal Covington boasted the best overall singles record of the Tigers top six with an 11-2 mark and an 8-1 record in the ODAC. Playing at the #4 flight, he went 9-2. Covington’s .818 winning percentage at #4 was the second best in the ODAC, and he defeated Teddy Callow in the regular season, who owns the top percentage at .875. In ODAC-only matches, Covington possessed the top winning percentage at .857.
Zack Pack and Ian Sammler provided outstanding contributions together at the #3 doubles flight as well as the #5 and #6 singles players. Together, they went 10-3 overall in doubles and 7-2 in the ODAC, and they owned the top winning percentage in ODAC matches at .778. Pack went 10-2 overall in singles with an 8-1 record in ODAC competition, boasting the second best winning percentage in the ODAC in singles play. Sammler was 8-3 and 7-1 in the conference, owning the top winning percentage in the #6 flight in ODAC-only matches.