NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Freshman Jacob Dunbar of the Richmond men’s tennis team was named 2014 Atlantic 10 Men’s Tennis Most Outstanding Rookie, as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.
“Jacob had an amazing season,” commented Richmond head coach Ben Johnson. “He consistently played high in the line-up and handled the pressure well. To have a 22-match win streak and set the school’s single season match total record says a lot about his talent and work ethic. He has a bright future.”
After losing his first singles match of the spring to No. 50 VCU’s Nick Jones, Jacob then rattled off an impressive 22-match winning streak at No. 2 singles (29-5 overall), including a three-set win against No. 52 GW’s Nikita Fomin, Duquesne’s Pete Carpenter and George Mason’s Joe Hill.
Dunbar also paired with older brother Ethan Dunbar in the top doubles flight, going 13-5 this spring (23-8 overall), defeating GW’s pair of Francisco Dias and Julius Tverijonas (then ranked No. 76). The Medina, Ohio, product picked up a pair of wins in the A-10 Championship against George Mason before falling to top-seeded George Washington in the semifinals.
In addition to being named Most Outstanding Rookie, Jacob was also named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference first team along with his brother Ethan, a three-time honoree.
Richmond’s first ranked player in program history, Ethan ended the season with a No. 122 ranking. The redshirt-junior posted a 17-6 mark this spring for the Spiders at the No. 1 spot, as he faced five top-115 players this season and picked up a win over ECU’s No. 26 Joran Vliegen.
“This is Ethan third-straight year being elected to the A-10 first team all-conference,” added Johnson. “He has put in a lot of work during the off seasons and has improved greatly. It is a well-deserved honor especially since the conference has improved so much over the last four years.”
The Spiders finished the season 11-14 with advancing to the A-10 Semifinals and faced eventual conference champions, No. 52 George Washington. Richmond picked up conference victories over St. Bonaventure, George Mason and Saint Joseph’s.
A-10 MEN’S TENNIS POSTSEASON AWARD WINNERS
FIRST TEAM, SCHOOL, YEAR, HOMETOWN
Pete Carpenter, Duquesne, Sr., Alburtis, Pa.
Rich Robbie, Duquesne, Jr., Harwich Port, Mass.
Jimmy Davis, George Mason, Sr., Manassas, Va.
Francisco Dias, George Washington, Jr., Lisbon, Portugal
Nikita Fomin, George Washington, Sr., Moscow, Russia
Julius Tverijonas, George Washington, Fr., Siauliai, Lithuania
Danil Zelenkov, George Washington, So., Skopje, Macedonia
Ethan Dunbar, Richmond, R-Jr., Medina, Ohio
Jacob Dunbar, Richmond, Fr., Medina, Ohio
Alejandro Argente, VCU, Sr., Castellon, Spain
Alexis Heugas, VCU, Sr., Jurancon, France
Jean Baptiste Mateo, VCU, Fr., Marseille, France
SECOND TEAM, SCHOOL, YEAR, HOMETOWN
Drew Hanley, Dayton, Sr., Prospect, Ky.
Bernardo Sanson, Dayton, Fr., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Alex Aleman, Duquesne, Jr., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Matty Najfeld, Fordham, Sr., Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg
Joe Hill, George Mason, Jr., Missouri City, Tex.
Jimmy Lange, George Mason, Fr., Peach Tree City, Ga.
Viktor Svensson, George Washington, Sr., Angelholm, Sweden
Ulrik Thomsen, George Washington, Sr., Copenhagen, Denmark
Elliot Fanshel, St. Bonaventure, Sr., Rhinebeck, NY
Jose Sierra, Saint Joseph’s, Sr., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Pat Kella, Saint Louis, Sr., Chesterfield, Mo.
Michal Voscek, VCU, So., Bratislava, Slovakia
ACADEMIC TEAM, SCHOOL, YEAR, HOMETOWN
Pete Carpenter Duquesne, Sr., Alburtis, Pa.
Matty Najfeld Fordham, Sr., Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg
Ulrik Thomsen George, Washington Sr., Copenhagen, Denmark
Danil Zelenkov George Washington, So., Skopje, Macedonia
Andres Urrea Saint Joseph’s, So., Bogota, Colombia
Pat Kella Saint Louis, Sr., Chesterfield, Mo.
Most Outstanding Performer – Francisco Dias, George Washington
Most Outstanding Rookie Performer – Jacob Dunbar, Richmond
Coach of the Year – Greg Munoz, George Washington