Men's Tennis Team Claims GNAC Championship

5/4/2011

The men's tennis team captured its third consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship with a 6-1 victory over the Emerson College Lions on Saturday afternoon. The Rams finish the 2011 season with a 12-1 overall record.

Senior Justin Ayoub took home Tournament MVP honors after collecting four wins in the two-match tournament.

GNAC honored the Rams post-season, recognizing the team with 10 awards.

Head Coach Steve Counihan earned Coach of the Year honors for the second straight season. Counihan led the Rams to a first-place finish in regular-season play as the team took all four of its league games. The lone blemish on the season came in a 6-3 defeat to Babson College on April 21, which snapped aRams' 24-game winning streak dating back to the 2009 season.

Junior Sean Cullen earned GNAC Player of the Year honors. Cullen played primarily out of the top singles position this season for the Rams. In his first season with Suffolk, Cullen posted a 4-3 record in singles play, while also compiling a 7-1 record in doubles action alongside his partner junior Chris Staley. Cullen also was named a first-team All-Conference selection, while both he and Staley were tabbed as the top doubles team in the GNAC this season.

In addition to his doubles award, Staley earned recognition as a first -eam All-Conference selection in singles play. Staley was victorious in 17 of 19 games played in both singles and doubles action this season. Along with his seven wins with Cullen in doubles action, Staley combined for three more victorious with various partners during the year. In singles action, Staley posted a 7-1 overall record, primarily playing in the second singles spot for the Rams. In three seasons with the Rams, Staley now boasts a 31-2 record in doubles play while recording 21 wins in singles play.

Freshman Hubert Cromback was named GNAC Rookie of the Year. He posted a perfect 10-0 record in singles play. Cromback posted 4-0 records in the number two position and number four position in singles play, and was also 9-1 in doubles play along with his partner, senior John Samander. Cromback also was selected to the GNAC's first team in singles.

Rounding out the All-Conference first team was sophomore Harlan Strader, who posted a 9-1 record in singles play and also earned eight more wins in doubles play on the year. Strader filled in nicely during the season at the number one singles spot for the Rams and was 4-0 in the top game while also winning another three games playing in his regular three position.

Samander earned second-team All-Conference honors for the Rams. The senior posted a perfect 9-0 record in singles play. Samander won 19 of 20 matches on the season in both singles and doubles play combined. Samander finishes his four year career with Suffolk a 30-3 record in singles play and a 35-4 record in doubles play.

Ayoub took home second-team All-Conference honors in singles play and also earned GNAC All-Sportsmanship team honors, as well as earning the GNAC Tournament MVP. Ayoub finishes the season with a team high 11 wins in singles play; he appeared in all 13 contests for the Rams. Ayoub also was 6-1 on the season in doubles play.

For the second season in a row, Ayoub earned All-Sportsmanship honors from his coaches and teammates. Ayoub, who served as a captain for the Rams this season, wraps up a four-year career in which he was a winner of 50 contests for the Rams, including a 38-10 record in singles play.

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