May 09, 2008

Trinity Has Five Players Competing at NCAA Championships


San Antonio - Trinity's men's and women's tennis teams will have seven total players representing the school at the NCAA Singles and Doubles National Championships May 16-18.

The men's tournaments will take place at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine; and the women's championships will be at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.

Senior Alicia Hunt was selected to compete in her fourth straight NCAA Singles Championship.  Hunt also won the ITA South Region doubles title in the fall of 2005, and will team up with junior Laura Steinmetz for this year's doubles tournament.  Hunt and Steinmetz are seeded fourth at the 16-draw doubles championship tournament.

Hunt and Steinmetz, Trinity's top doubles team, are 13-4 in doubles this season.  The doubles duo won last fall's ITA Southwest Regional doubles title to advance to the National Small College Championships.  The pair of Tiger standouts made it all the way to the doubles final before losing.

In singles play, Hunt scored nine wins in singles as Trinity's No. 1 player, and won the regional singles title last October.  She advanced to the semifinals before being eliminated in the tournament.

Seniors Oliver Gaines and James Furr both made the singles competition for the men's tournament, while Gaines and doubles partner Ryan DeSantis were chosen for the doubles championships. 

Gaines holds a 13-11 record as the team's No. 1 singles player this season, and also won last fall's ITA regional singles crown.  DeSantis and Gaines are 17-9 in doubles this season, also at the No. 1 spot in the Tiger lineup. 

James Furr comes in with an 18-5 record in singles play this season, as well as a career singles record of 49-15 for the Tigers. 

Both Trinity tennis teams are led by Head Coach Butch Newman.  Newman is in his 22nd season as the Tiger men's tennis coach, and in his 17th season leading both the men's and women's teams.  He is assisted by former Tiger players Ryan Takao (women's assistant coach) and Russell McMindes (men's assistant).  Both teams advanced to the SCAC Championship match this season, but were beaten by DePauw.  The Tiger teams also advanced to the postseason, but were eliminated at regionals last weekend.


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