LANCASTER, Pa. – Junior Max Oberholtzer and sophomore Paul Vecchio represented Ursinus College men's tennis on the 2016-17 All-Centennial Conference Team, it was announced Friday by the league office.
Oberholtzer was a second team selection in singles and paired with Vecchio to collect honorable mention recognition in doubles.
The latest laurels place Oberholtzer and Vecchio in rarified air. Oberholtzer and Vecchio are the first players in program history to garner multiple All-CC doubles nominations, while Oberholtzer joins Evan Stutchin '14 as one of two Bears to be tabbed all-conference in singles in multiple seasons. Stutchin was a four-time All-CC singles honoree and an honorable mention doubles choice as a senior.
The first in Ursinus history to be named all-conference more than once in both singles and doubles, Oberholtzer finished 12-6 overall (11-4 in dual matches) in his second straight season holding down the Bears' number one singles slot. Oberholtzer went 3-3 in CC play, with all three losses coming in three sets to fellow all-conference selections – first teamer Mark Fallati of Swarthmore and second team honorees Jack Rothman of F&M and Chris Salisbury of Washington College. He will enter his senior season with 32 singles victories, good for seventh all-time at Ursinus.
Vecchio teamed with Oberholtzer for an impressive second season at the helm of the Bears' doubles lineup. The team's top tandem was 13-6 overall, landing one win shy of the single-season doubles wins record established by Evan Lord and Logan Metcalf-Kelly in 2014. Vecchio and Oberholtzer were 3-4 in conference matches, including victories against playoff teams F&M and Washington College, and dealt Haverford's Josh Moskovitz and Dais Nakamura – who earned second team All-CC recognition – an 8-5 defeat at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships.
Vecchio, who was 8-13 at number two singles and knocked off an honorable mention performer in Muhlenberg's Mickey Schindler, owns 45 career victories through his first two seasons.
Senior Chanton Phan represented the Bears on the All-CC Sportsmanship Team. Phan was 12-7 in singles, mostly in the number three spot, and went 11-8 at second doubles with junior Peter Shields. Phan won 42 combined matches in two seasons after transferring from Rider.
The men's tennis team finished 12-7 overall and 4-5 in CC competition, spending the entire season among the top 20 of the ITA Atlantic South rankings. The Bears reached as high as No. 15, their best regional ranking in school history.