The Oglethorpe men's tennis team earned three spots on All-SAA teams this week, as voted by the league's coaches. Junior Rhys Richardson earned All-SAA Second Team accolades, while junior Matthew Magee and sophomore Michael Santaloci both took home All-SAA Honorable Mention.
Richardson earned his second career All-SAA honor after garnering All-SAA Honorable Mention in 2016. He finished the season 6-6 in singles play after missing the first half of the spring season, but went 4-3 in SAA action, posting a pair of 3-set victories over Birmingham-Southern in back-to-back weeks to end the season. His only defeats came against the No. 1 player from each of the top three teams in the conference, including SAA Player of the Year Diego Marti-Vertiz from Millsaps and nationally-ranked Avery Schober from Sewanee. On the doubles side, Richardson went 5-7 on the season overall and 2-5 in conference play.
"I was delighted that Rhys was selected to the All-SAA Second Team," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "He really helped us after missing the first half of the season. He had a solid conference record with a pair of outstanding 3-set wins over Birmingham-Southern. His only losses came to the best players in our conference. I'm very glad he'll be returning next year. That should give us a very solid base at the top of the lineup."
Magee and Santaloci both earned their first career all-conference accolades. Magee finished with an impressive 13-6 mark overall while going 5-2 in SAA play in singles action. He went 3-5 in doubles play, including 1-3 in SAA matches. Santaloci had an impressive season, as well, compiling a 13-7 overall singles record and a 5-2 mark in conference play. On the doubles side, he went 10-10 overall and 3-4 in SAA play.
"I was excited to see both Santaloci and Magee get recognition for their contributions to our team," said Howell. "They were solid at the bottom half of the lineup with 5-2 records. I could count on them for tremendous efforts every time out. Their grinding styles often outworked opponents to come away with hard-fought victories. I look for them to lead this team next year."
All three players served as essential parts of a team that went 7-13 overall and 3-4 in SAA play, finishing fifth in the league.