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Limestone Tennis Has Its Best Year

May 5, 2006 09:58 PM

The Limestone College tennis program recently wrapped up one of its most successful regular seasons in school history under the direction of their head coach, Tyler Davis. Davis, a resident of Spartanburg, led both teams to their first national rankings and to their highest finishes  in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference.

Davis, a 1998 graduate of Limestone, had an immediate impact on the Saints tennis program when he took over in 2005. In his first year as head coach, he led the men’s team to its first winning season since joining NCAA Division II. This season, he guided the women’s team to its best NCAA record and was named CVAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year.

The Lady Saints posted their best season since becoming NCAA Division II members, posting a 19-9 overall record and a nearly perfect 9-1 CVAC record to finish No. 2 in the conference. On Mar. 10, the women entered the national Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings at No. 36 and remained in the ratings the rest of the season, being ranked at No. 37 in the latest rankings Apr. 7.

Limestone had a terrific run in the conference tournament as the women advanced to the championship match where they fell to defending CVAC Champion, No. 24-ranked Erskine College. Several Lady Saints enjoyed individual success throughout the season. Jennifer Snaider of Asuncion, Paraguay, twice was named CVAC Player of the Week, posting a 24-3 record as a freshman, while earning All-Tournament and Second Team All-Conference honors.

Lee Cribb of Spartanburg also was named to the CVAC All-Tournament team. Alexandra Gade of Copenhagen, Denmark, was a First-Team All-CVAC winner after finishing the season with a 17-12 record playing at No. 1. Atlanta native Jessie Griffin has a great first season, winning 19 of her 27 matches.

The Limestone men’s team persevered despite losing their No. 1 player, Christian Munn of Sao Paulo, Brazil, early in the season to a back injury. After losing six of their first 10 matches, the Saints found their rhythm and won their next six contests, finishing with a 17-9 overall record. On Mar. 10,  the team achieved its first national ranking, at No. 35. The squad finished No. 4 in the CVAC with a 6-3 conference record and got a trip to the CVAC tournament. Eric Sajowitz of Niceville FL and Peter Elsborg of Copenhagen earned All-CVAC honors. Sajowitz was 15-14 in singles. Elsborg, a freshman, posted a 13-12 record.

Limestone will return many key players for next year.