The men's and women's tennis teams are showing great promise with both teams matching the school record for most wins in a season and both being led by freshmen in No. 1 singles and doubles play. The records matched for wins for the men's and women's teams were nine and eight, respectively.
Having made major advances in just one season with both teams having record seasons, Coach Adam Albertsen made it apparent that the bar has been raised for the program at Adrian in regard to future expectations and the potential of many of his first-year players while complimenting those departing.
"On both the men's and women's teams, we had a very nice year. I want to thank Cameron (Hamilton) and Jordenne (Ferenczi) for all they have done for this young team which is mostly made up of freshmen. They helped set the tone for the team and the future is very bright as we take steps forward each year and continue to reach for higher goals."
"Arielle saw tough competition at the top spot and had a great year. As a freshman it was a bit of a learning season, but her desire to win will push her to continue to improve each season. On the court she pushed the rest of the team and was a valuable piece to our growing program," said Albertsen.
For the men, first-year standout Jordan Verbauwhede captured a combined 24 matches at No. 1 singles and doubles play while garnishing MVP honors.
"Jordan has impressed me from day one on campus; he competed at a very high level against everyone in the conference as a freshman. His high energy level and drive makes him an exciting player to coach and he is one player that will continue to grow and mature on the courts," said Albertsen.
Verbauwhede capped of the season by winning the MIAA Singles A Flight backdraw, which was good for 5th place overall in the conference.
Jordyn Grant (Sophomore) for the women's team and Troy Gargrave (Freshman) for the men's team claimed the Most Improved Player awards, while Jordenne Ferenczi and Cameron Hamilton completed their senior seasons as the team's captains.
Ferenczi's senior year was capped by setting the new Adrian College women's tennis career victories record for doubles at 29. She also compiled the most doubles wins in a season by a Bulldog with nine by teaming up with Karen Kientz (Sophomore) in seven of those victories.
For the men, Hamilton's fourth year on varsity brought his own Adrian College tennis record as well. Hamilton now holds the career record for singles wins with 22 victories, passing Chris Ludwick.
Michael Mertz tied the school record of 14 wins in a season which also is held by Chris Ludwick. Mertz finished the year with 14 wins playing No. 2 and No. 3 singles. He also was named MIAA Conference Player of the Week for week No. 3.
Ryan Delacy (Sophomore) capped off his second season by grabbing a school record of his own. Delacy now holds the school record for doubles wins in a season with 14. He paired up with Spencer Georgetti (Freshman) for all but one of these victories at No. 3 doubles.