Men's Tennis Enjoys Season of Success in 2010
Junior Marc Abdelnour was one of the two Owls to receive all conference honors during the 2009-10 season

Junior Marc Abdelnour was one of the two Owls to receive all conference honors during the 2009-10 season

May 17, 2010

Collecting double digit wins, placing two members on the all-conference team and advancing to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championships were among the many bright spots for Florida Atlantic University's young men's tennis team during the 2010 season.

"We have many experiences to reflect on and evaluate now that the season is over," said Brandon Stokes, FAU's men's tennis head coach, following the Owls' loss to eventual champion Troy University in the semifinal round of this year's Sun Belt Conference tournament. "We must continue to improve our program."

FAU won 13 matches this spring to continue its string of three straight seasons with double-digit victories. Seven of the team's 13 triumphs were recorded in dominant fashion by keeping the opposition from winning a point in the match, featured by 4-0 victories over Sun Belt opponents Middle Tennessee State University and University of New Orleans.

Junior Marc Abdelnour and freshman Georg Matschke earned all-conference recognition following strong spring seasons on the court. It marked the second time that Abdelnour has been honored by the league. He went 13-6 in matches at the No. 1 singles position this season. Meanwhile, Matschke posted a 7-2 mark at No. 5 singles, including winning seven of his last nine matches.

FAU had five players post 13 or more singles victories in 2010, led by freshman Matthew Braunworth with a 15-5 record that featured two victories at the Sun Belt championships. Abdelnour had 14 victories while junior Joshua Scholl, senior Lawrence Harradine and Matschke each won 13 matches during the season. Harradine, the team's lone senior, won 58 career singles matches and collected 103 total victories between singles and doubles during his career to rank third all time during the FAU modern era.

 

 

The Owls' balanced lineup helped the team reach the semifinal round of the conference tournament for the third consecutive year. FAU defeated New Orleans 4-0 in the opening round before losing to Troy 4-2 in a close match.

"We had match points and didn't close it out," said Stokes. "It was an emotional and disappointing end to the season."

"We created team goals in mid August that included competing in the NCAA Division I tournament," said Stokes. "It hurts that we are not training for the NCAA's right now. This was our intention but the reality is we are not and this is unacceptable."

Stokes also stated: "Every Owl expects to win the Sun Belt and play in the NCAA's every May. Our vision is to be the top team and program in the state, the region, and thus nationally. We have ultimate respect for the teams in our state and region and we know our journey is arduous; yet possible."

"We must continue to improve at an accelerated rate to convert our vision into reality. There are quantitative (internal and external support) and qualitative (teaching, coaching, mentoring, studying, competing) means to improve our program. This improvement starts with me. It continues and is shared by every returning and incoming Owl. We shall demonstrate competitive greatness every day especially in adverse moments. We shall demonstrate positive peer leadership. We make progress this summer. We then amplify and intensify our collective effort when our fall semester begins in mid August."

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