Five Members of Quaker Men’s Tennis Honored by ODAC

Jay Montague '22 (Shannon Petsch '19 photo)
Jay Montague '22 (Shannon Petsch '19 photo)

FOREST, Va. – Five members of the Guilford men's tennis team were recognized for their outstanding play throughout the course of the season on Friday, May 14th by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The five Quakers named Second Team All-ODAC were Drake Schreiber (No. 2 singles), Jay Montague (No. 4 singles), Drew Clark (No. 6 singles) as well as the tandem of Tye Sasser and Tim Thompson, honored as the No.3 doubles unit.

Schreiber posted a 9-2 mark in singles action, winning the second-most singles victories by any Quaker over the course of the slate. He finished with a 6-1 mark against ODAC opposition and was 4-1 as both a No. 2 and No. 3 seed for the Quakers and finished 1-0 as a No. 4 seed. Began his longest winning streak of the season (four matches) with a three-set win over Vitali Rivera (Shenandoah) and followed with victories against Daniel Christian (Lynchburg), Andrew Donelson (Hampden-Sydney) and Matthew Gordon (Bridgewater).

Montague led the Quakers with a 10-1 mark in singles action, finishing 7-1 against ODAC opponents.
Was 9-1 as a No. 4 seed and claimed a win as the No. 3 seed. He posted four straight singles victories to open the season, including a 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) from the No. 3 seed over Dalton Capobianco (Roanoke) before three as the No. 4 seed against David Bishop (Ferrum), Bryce Williams (Emory & Henry) and Colby Cook (Randolph). Later in the season he began a six-match winning streak with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Brenton Baugh (Shenandoah) on April 3.

Clark capped off the season with a 7-1 overall mark and a 5-0 record in ODAC play. He finished 6-1 as a No. 6 seed and was 1-0 as a No. 5 seed for the Quakers. Clark opened the season with six straight singles victories, all in two sets. He won five of his six singles victories as the No. 6 seed and one, which came against Henry Quesenberry (Emory & Henry), as the No.5 seed. Clark closed out the season with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at Virginia Wesleyan by defeating Connor Cummings as the No. 6 seed on May 6.

Sasser posted a 7-3 record in doubles action alongside Thompson, winning five matches in ODAC play. The tandem rattled off three consecutive doubles wins by defeating pairs from Roanoke, Ferrum and Emory & Henry. They followed by putting together a second three-match doubles winning streak in April with Thompson at his side, downing teams from Shenandoah, Lynchburg and Bridgewater.

Virginia Wesleyan University and Washington and Lee University each earned six all-conference awards with the Marlins and Bridgewater College garnering two special individual honors each to headline the 2021 All-ODAC Men's Tennis Awards.

Bridgewater junior Canon Secord collected ODAC Player of the Year laurels, while teammate and classmate Matthew Gordon received ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition from the conference's athletic communications personnel. Virginia Wesleyan mentor Marty Perry was tabbed the ODAC Coach of the Year by his peers, while fellow Marlins Felix Bevc was named ODAC Rookie of the Year.

Much has changed since the last round of men's tennis All-ODAC awards two seasons ago, but there are a few players on this season's chart that earned recognition in 2019. Secord not only earned his second straight ODAC Player of the Year award, but he appears on the All-ODAC First Team at #1 singles for a second time. He was also an All-ODAC Second Team pick with Gordon at #1 doubles in 2019. Secord earned the same position at #1 doubles with Nick Kiser this year. Gordon earned second team recognition with Gabe Elder at #2 doubles this season.

Washington and Lee senior Noah Tapp, who is first team at #5 singles this year, was one part of the first team #2 doubles tandem (with Harry Shepherd) in 2019. Virginia Wesleyan senior Anthony Wilson was one half of the second team #3 doubles pairing (with Timothy Tep) two seasons ago. This year, he and partner Henry West earned first team honors at #2 doubles.

2021 ALL-ODAC MEN'S TENNIS AWARDS
ODAC Player of the Year: Canon Secord, Jr., Bridgewater
ODAC Coach of the Year: Marty Perry, Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Felix Bevc, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Matthew Gordon, Jr., Bridgewater

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
#1 Singles: Canon Secord, Jr., Bridgewater College*
#1 Singles: Mitchell Perry, Sr., Virginia Wesleyan University
#2 Singles: Felx Bevc, Fy., Virginia Wesleyan University
#2 Singles: Evan Brady, So., Washington and Lee University
#3 Singles: Connor Coleman, Fy., Washington and Lee University
#4 Singles: Harry Kittredge, Fy., Washington and Lee University
#5 Singles: Noah Tapp*, Sr., Washington and Lee University
#6 Singles: Jonathan Molner, Fy., Washington and Lee University
#1 Doubles: Virginia Wesleyan | Felix Bevc, Fy. / Mitchell Perry, Sr.
#1 Doubles: Washington and Lee | Connor Coleman, Fy. / Harry Kittredge, Fy.
#2 Doubles: Virginia Wesleyan | Henry West, So. / Anthony Wilson, Sr.^
#3 Doubles: Virginia Wesleyan | Connor Cummings, Jr. / Michael Portera, Sr.
   
ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
#1 Singles: Nicolas Alvarado, So., Randolph College
#1 Singles: Jack Fishwick, Sr., Roanoke College
#2 Singles: Drake Schreiber, So., Guilford College
#3 Singles: Darian Diaz, Sr., Shenandoah University
#4 Singles: Jay Montague, Jr., Guilford College
#5 Singles: Michael Portera, Sr., Virginia Wesleyan University
#6 Singles: Drew Clark, Jr., Guilford College
#1 Doubles: Bridgewater | Nick Kiser, Sr. / Canon Secord, Jr.^
#1 Doubles: Roanoke | Jack Fishwick, Sr. / Grayson White, Sr.
#2 Doubles: Bridgewater | Gabe Elder, Fy. / Matthew Gordon, Jr.^
#3 Doubles: Guilford | Tye Sasser, Fy. / Tim Thompson, Sr.
   
* 2019 All-ODAC First Team
^ 2019 All-ODAC Second Team