FOREST, VA - Rich Pugh (Augusta, GA/Lakeside) became the fourth player in Hampden-Sydney Tennis history to be named ODAC Player of the Year on Friday. Pugh's award marks the ninth time a Tiger has earned the honor. A Hampden-Sydney player has won the award for five straight years and six times out of the last seven season.
Pugh was one of only two players to go undefeated in conference competition at 6-0 and was the only one at #1 singles to achieve the feat. Pugh defeated Washington & Lee's Hayden White, who was first-team All-ODAC, 6-3, 6-3 in the regular season. He also defeated second-team All-ODAC performer Peter Hawkins from Bridgewater by a score of 6-1, 6-3.
Joining Pugh on the First-Team All-ODAC squad is Shad Harrell (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) at #2 doubles and the #2 doubles team of Harrell and Kevin Calhoun (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin). Harrell lost only one ODAC match while playing at the #2 spot, earning a 5-1 ODAC record in the flight. The team of Harrell and Calhoun posted a perfect 9-0 record in conference play, the only doubles team at any level in the ODAC to play and defeat every school. Additionally, they defeated the Second-Team All-ODAC #2 doubles team from Washington & Lee by a count of 8-5.
Earning Second-Team All-ODAC honors was Tal Covington (Gainesville, VA/Flint Hill), Zack Pack (Keysville, VA/Randolph-Henry) and Ian Sammler (Prince George, VA/Prince George). Calhoun was also named Honorable Mention All-ODAC.
Covington owned the best overall singles record on the team this spring at 11-2, competing primarily at the #4 flight. He went 8-1 in the ODAC with his lone loss coming to Washington & Lee. In 19 sets of action against ODAC opponents, he only lost three sets and surrendered three or fewer games in 13 of the 19 sets.
Pack went 10-2 for the season, the second best record on the squad, along with an 8-1 mark in ODAC play, playing mostly at the #5 spot. In nine ODAC matches, he only lost two sets and he recorded nine 6-0 sets, three sets with a 6-1 score.
Sammler went 8-3 overall and 7-1 in the ODAC as the Tigers #6 player. In eight ODAC matches, he allowed three or fewer games in all but four sets. Pack and Sammler also team together at #3 doubles and went 11-4 overall and 7-2 in the ODAC.
Calhoun finished this year with a 10-3 record, 7-1 against conference opponents. He lost just three sets against ODAC foes and in all but four of sets he won, he allowed the opponent to earn three or fewer games.
2011 ODAC MEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Player of the Year: Rich Pugh, Hampden-Sydney
Coach of the Year: Conor Smith, Bridgewater
Freshman of the Year: Tyler Mercier, Guilford
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Will Hall, Washington and Lee
Team Sportsmanship Award: Bridgewater College
All-ODAC First Team
#1 Singles: Rich Pugh, Hampden-Sydney
#1 Singles: Hayden White, Washington and Lee
#2 Singles: Jeremy Becht, Washington and Lee
#2 Singles: Shad Harrell, Hampden-Sydney
#3 Singles: Will Hall, Washington and Lee
#4 Singles: Michael Freeman, Washington and Lee
#5 Singles: Jonathan Gaffney, Washington and Lee
#6 Singles: Ben Fass, Washington and Lee
#1 Doubles: James Lee/Jon Roy, Roanoke
#1 Doubles: Matt Nelson/Chip Wintringham, Emory & Henry
#2 Doubles: Kevin Calhoun/Shad Harrell, Hampden-Sydney
#3 Doubles: Michael Freeman/Hayden White, Washington and Lee
All-ODAC Second Team
#1 Singles: Peter Hawkins, Bridgewater
#1 Singles: Tyler Mercier, Guilford
#2 Singles: James Lee, Roanoke
#3 Singles: Matt Nelson, Emory & Henry
#4 Singles: Tal Covington, Hampden-Sydney
#5 Singles: Zack Pack, Hampden-Sydney
#6 Singles: Ian Sammler, Hampden-Sydney
#1 Doubles: Clayton Hamilton/Tyler Mercier, Guilford
#2 Doubles: Jeremy Becht/Jonathan Gaffney, Washington and Lee
#3 Doubles: Donnie Greathouse/Jamie Griffin, Virginia Wesleyan
All-ODAC Honorable Mention
Tim Gower, Bridgewater
Adam Henderson, Emory & Henry
Ben Nelson, Guilford
Kevin Calhoun, Hampden-Sydney
Jim Rochow, Lynchburg
Teague Nelson, Randolph
Brian Roberts, Washington and Lee