Men's and Women's Tennis Announce 2008 Award Winners

GUHOYAS.COM Freshman Alex Sebia helped lead the Hoyas to its first BIG EAST Tournament since 2000.
Freshman Alex Sebia helped lead the Hoyas to its first BIG EAST Tournament since 2000.

May 6, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown University men's and women's tennis teams announced its post-season award winners during the team's banquet on Tuesday, April 29. Senior Jeffrey Schnell (Short Hills, N.J./Millburn) was named the most valuable player on the men's team, while freshman Alex Sebia (Plains, Pa./Scranton Prep) earned the MVP award for the women's team.

Schnell finished the regular season with eight victories in the No. 1 singles position, including five in a row during a Hoyas' eight-match win streak that turned their season around. Schnell had two match-clinching victories and was instrumental in the team's 4-3 victory over George Washington, winning the top singles match, as well as a doubles victory.

Senior Ted Tywang (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) earned the Coaches Leadership award, an honor bestowed upon the student-athlete that best exhibits the hard work and leadership qualities the Georgetown University Athletic Department looks to instill.

"Jeff and Ted were the ideal leaders for this team," head coach Gordie Ernst said. "They compliment each other so well and are tremendous guys. We certainly will miss them.

Sebia recorded a team-leading 10 singles victories, including her last five in a row to end the regular season. Sebia also earned the Coaches Leadership Award for the women's team, coming in to help spark the Hoyas first trip to the BIG EAST Conference Championships since 2000.

"Alex has been the catalyst of this team," Georgetown head coach Gordie Ernst said just before the BIG EAST Tournament. "She really loves playing, she loves to practice and she's very competitive."

Junior Kenneth Wong (Repulse Bay, Hong Kong/St. Paul's [N.H.]) earned the Seventh Player Award for the Hoyas. After starting the season outside of the team's top six, Wong came on to go 4-3 down the stretch in singles play.



The Hoyas also announced captains for the 2008-09 season, as Adam Gross (Quogue, N.Y./Westhampton) was tabbed the successor to Schnell and Tywang. Will Lowell (Nahant, Mass./Saddlebrook Prep) and Kevin Walsh (Bernardsville, N.J./Delbarton) were named alternate captains for next season's squad.
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