Second Straight Trip to MAAC Tournament Headlines 2017
May 16, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University men's tennis team rode an all-around team effort in 2017 to the MAAC Tournament for the second straight season under third year Head Coach Jeff Bricker. Five of the Stags' top six posted double digit wins in singles play, while all six had a winning conference mark.
On the season, Fairfield recorded a 7-14 overall record including a 4-3 mark in the MAAC. Their four conference victories came over Rider, Saint Peter's, Niagara, and Siena to earn them the fourth seed in the MAAC Tournament for the second straight season. In the postseason tournament they matched up with top seed and eventual champion, Monmouth in the semifinal round.
Leading the way all year at No. 1 was junior Brad Orban who posted a career-high 17 wins as part of a 17-11 overall record which included a 4-3 conference mark. Orban was also the only Stag to finish the season winning record. The junior was named the MAAC Player of the Week in back to back weeks to begin the month of March as he won five straight matches during a stretch that began on February 4.
From the second and fifth spots, Anthony Caputo and Dylan Appel each had 12 wins, good for second most on the team. At No. 2 singles, Caputo matched his win total from a year ago recording a 12-15 overall mark. The sophomore was also 4-3 against league opponents. Appel finished the season playing at No. 5 singles going 12-16 overall with a 4-3 league record. He improved his win total from a season ago with four more victories as a junior.
Two Stags also had 11 singles wins on the season, Jeffrey Rodgers in the No. 3 spot and Tyler Shibles in the No. 6. Rodgers posted 11 wins for the second straight year while recording an 11-16 overall record while recording a 4-3 winning mark against the MAAC. In Shibles' rookie campaign, he went 11-14 with a team best 5-2 mark in league play.
Rounding out the starting six, Ethan Ammon finished the season playing at the No. 4 spot. In his first season at Fairfield, he went 8-14 overall while posting a 4-3 mark against the MAAC.
Record wise, the doubles duo of Ammon / Rodgers was the best on the team going 5-3 at the No. 2 spot. The pair also recorded a 3-1 record against the MAAC. Appel / Shibles partnered at the third spot for Fairfield, going 3-2 while also recording a 3-1 record in the MAAC. At No. 1, Orban / Caputo had a 6-6 record overall while making six starts against league foes and posting three wins.With the entirety of the starting lineup set to return next season, the Stags look to be a formidable contender in the MAAC once again.