Menís Tennis Honors Top Efforts in the 2002-03 Season
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Hoya Men's Tennis Awards banquet was held in Arlington, Virginia on Thursday April 24. Head Coach Rich Bausch honored the 2002-03 outstanding efforts by student-athletes on the menís team.
The Hoya tennis players recognized for their excellence during the 2002-2003 season included: Marc Lohser (Woodbury, N.Y./Syosset), the Most Valuable Player, and along with teammate Eric Bildman (Brookline, Mass./Roxbury Latin School), the Doubles Team of the Year. Chris Belelieu (Hinsdale, Ill./Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)) was the Seventh Man Award winner and Eric Conrad (Gloucester, Mass.) won the Comeback Player of the Year award.
Lohser produced his best single season singles record as a senior with 13 victories, 11 in dual match play. In doubles competition, Lohser and Bildman led the team with six dual match victories at #1 doubles, including a crucial win in the dual match upset of Connecticut. Other honors recorded this season by Marc include his nomination as a CoSIDA Verizon Academic All American, ITA Academic All American honors and BIG EAST Scholar Athlete Team honors. Lohser, the 2002-03 team captain, is a three time ITA Regional Singles and Doubles competitor, a three time BIG EAST Scholar Athlete and will be a recipient of the 2003 McDonough School of Business Dean's Citation at the University's Commencement exercises on Saturday May 17th.
Belelieu began the season without a roster spot as an injury prevented him from competing in the team's tryout tournament in August. After a month of rehab, Chris had his tryout and won his roster spot in late September. On the nine-man squad, Chris started at #9 on the challenge ladder but by the end of January he had risen to the #3 position. Chris won three singles matches at #3 during the spring dual match season, including an extraordinary performance against UConn. The Seventh Man Award recognizes the contributions made to the team from a non-starter. Chris will also be recognized with ITA Academic All American honors for the second time as well as BIG EAST Scholar Athlete honors. Chris will graduate summa cum laude from the Georgetown College on Saturday May 17.
For the second year in a row Bildman and teammate Lohser were honored for their doubles play. A year ago, the tandem was the Most Improved Team. This year, Bildman and Lohser dominated at #1 doubles with six dual match wins, including leading the team with two BIG EAST victories. He is also a 2003 BIG EAST Scholar Athlete. Only a sophomore, Bildman will bring his doubles expertise and inspiring fighting attitude for two more years of Hoya Tennis.
Conrad has already had a full plate of collegiate experience in just one year. As the fall season began, Conrad showed his highest level of play of the entire year, only to fall victim to mononucleosis in late September. Although he never fully recovered to his full capabilities, his endurance, strength and stamina improved to allow him to compete very effectively by mid-spring. He recorded dual match wins against American, Mary Washington, George Mason, Villanova and clinched the 4-3 win over UConn. He is a 2003 BIG EAST Scholar Athlete. The Comeback Player of the Year award recognizes a team member who has contributed to the team by handling extreme adversity during the year.
Sophomores Ryan Peisel (Savannah, Ga./Savannah Country Day School) and Chad Mihalick (Sammamish, Wash.) and senior Chris Kindler (Elmo, Minn.) join Lohser and Belelieu in receiving ITA Academic All American honors.
Junior Dennis Cravedi (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep), the Hoyas #1 player for 2003, along with Peisel, Mihalick, Kindler, Conrad, Bildman, Belelieu and Lohser received 2003 BIG EAST Scholar Athlete honors.