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5 Statesmen garner all-league honors

Five Hobart College tennis players received All-Liberty League honors as announced by the conference office this afternoon.  Sophomore Michael Rusk led the way as he was named All-Liberty League First Team Singles.

Senior Michael Fields was named second team singles and doubles with sophomore Matt DePrima. Rusk was also named honorable mention doubles with sophomore Danny Kot and first-year Miles Singer was named honorable mention singles.

Rusk was tied for second on the team in singles wins, going 13-12 overall. He played all but one match at No. 1 singles for Hobart posting a 7-9 record at the top spot and 1-0 at No. 2. At the Flower City Invitational this fall, Rusk advanced to the semifinals. He won the third place match, defeating Renssalaer’s Tristan Wise. On April 12, he notched a critical win as the Statesmen rallied past St. Lawrence to a 5-4 victory. Rusk was named the Liberty League Singles Performer of the Week following a weekend sweep of Union and Bard.

A co-captain, Fields, posted a 10-12 overall record in singles ay this season.  He posted a team best 7-7 record at No. 2 singles and also played two matches at No. 1, going 1-1.

Singer posted a team-high 16 wins in his rookie season. He played in every position but No. 1 this season for the Statesmen. Singer played a majority of his matches between Nos. 4 and 5 going a combined 9-1 in the two spots. He posted a perfect 2-0 record at No. 2. Singer was twice named the Liberty League Rookie of the Week.

Fields and DePrima recorded a team-high 11 wins in doubles play. They played all 15 matches in the top doubles spot, posting a 7-8 overall record. Fields and DePrima posted a 4-2 record in tournament play and reached the finals of the Flower City Invitational before being defeated 8-6 by McKinley Grimes and Brandon Mazzara. This spring against RPI, they got revenge on Grimes and Mazzara, winning 9-7 in Geneva.

Rusk and Kot posted a 5-1 record in doubles play, including a 2-0 record at No. 1 and a 3-1 record at No. 2. Their biggest win of the season came on April 18 against Skidmore. Rusk and Kot notched the only Statesmen win of the day at No. 2, 9-8, over Kit Sanderson and Steven Koulouris.

Hobart finished 2014-15 with a 10-9 overall record. With a 4-3 record in Liberty League play, the Statesmen finished fourth in the conference, earning a spot in the Liberty League semifinals.