Men's Tennis Team Returns to Nationals


The men's tennis team had much to celebrate this season. Representing Mercer at the national tournament yet again was a great experience for one and all. And as the last squad for retiring Head Coach Stan Dlugosz, they will have a special place in the Mercer record books.

The Vikings completed the regular season 7-3, and then finished second in the Region 19 tournament behind Gloucester CC with wins at fourth singles, first doubles, and third doubles. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament was played in Plano, TX, May 13-18. The Mercer roster included returning All-American sophomore Kyle Devlin (no. 1), John Hand (no. 2), Justin Wagner (no. 3), O'John Dalgic (no. 4), Bryan Weber (no. 5), and Juan Chavez (no. 6). Andrew Holsman, originally listed at no. 3, missed much of the season due to a back injury, but was able to play in the post-season.

Men's tennis team: (standing from left) Head Coach Stan Dlugosz, Alexander Litvinov, Andrew Holsman, Bryan Weber, Jonathan Hand, and Coach Marc Vecchiolla; (kneeling from left) Justin Wagner, O'John Dalgic,
Kyle Devlin, and Juan Chavez.

While Dlugosz reports that "this year's team was terrific," stiff competition at the national tournament proved too much for the Vikings, who finished eighth out of 11 teams. Devlin, a three-seed, played a fierce contest, losing in three sets over three hours in the quarterfinal round. Devlin and Hand at no. 1 doubles were defeated in the semifinal round.

With every player expected to return to the roster except sophomores Devlin and Chavez, Dlugosz will leave the team in a good position next year. Dalgic was Dlugosz' most unexpected find. A ranked badminton player in his native Turkey, he picked up the game of tennis with ease, moving from no. 8 to no. 4 in the course of the season.

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