September 29, 2009

Quitko Names Men's and Women's Tennis Captains

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach Michael Quitko has announced his captains for the 2009-10 season. Seniors Shawna Sarson (Albany, N.Y.) and Mary Wilson (Greensburg, Pa.) will captain the women's team, while seniors Charlie Feldman (Easton, Conn.) and John Hughes (Springfield, Mass.) will lead the men's team.

"Mary Wilson falls naturally into the field general leadership position and Shawna Sarson gets things done," said Quitko. "Shawna is a utility player whose veteran leadership will be invaluable this season. Mary has been our number one player the last two years and will lead by example. I think the combination of Wilson and Sarson has the potential to be the best team of captains we've had in a long while."

Sarson made an immediate impact at No. 6 singles as a freshman, earning All-NEC Second Team honors. After seeing increased action in doubles and winning 10 matches as a sophomore, Sarson won 12 matches as a junior, including eight singles wins. She won her flight at the Bucknell Round Robin by beating opponents from Bucknell, Colgate and UConn.

Wilson has had a much-decorated career to date. After coming to Quinnipiac as a highly sought after four-star recruit, she made an immediate impact, winning 40 matches and earning First Team All-NEC honors in both singles (No. 2) and doubles (No. 1). A year later, she established herself as the league's best player, earning NEC Player of the Year honors to go along with First Team All-NEC recognition. As a junior, she added Second Team All-NEC honors in both singles and doubles to her resume, while winning her 100th career match and moving into 12th place on the Quinnipiac career wins list.

"John and Charlie started their careers as doubles partners, winning three tournaments in the fall of their freshman years," said Quitko. "They started their career by winning the Fairfield Doubles Festival and then took down the field at both the UConn and Quinnipiac Invitationals. Charlie Feldman appears to be ready to develop into an outstanding, no nonsense leader. I expect John Hughes, who's been our number one player the last two years, will be a quieter leader. I believe they'll be a dynamic duo as captains."

Feldman wasted little time making an impact on the Bobcats, winning 30 matches and earning All-NEC Second Team honors alongside Hughes at No. 2 doubles. He twice earned NEC Player of the Week recognition as a freshman, before earning the honor once in each of his next two seasons. Feldman won 18 matches as a sophomore despite having his season cut short due to injury. As a junior, Feldman won 12 matches each in singles and doubles to help solidify the Bobcats' No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles positions.

Hughes won 100 matches in his first three years with the Bobcats. He's cemented himself as the Bobcats' top player the last two years, winning 66 matches, including 32 singles victories at the No. 1 flight. A two-time Second Team All-NEC selection, Hughes has won six fall tournament championships in his three years. He's been named NEC Player of the Week five times.

The Quinnipiac men's tennis team returns to action Oct. 9, when they play host to the Quinnipiac Invitational. The Bobcats women return to the court on Oct. 13, when they welcome UConn to Hamden for the first dual match of the year.