2015 Men's Tennis Review

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s tennis team finished the year with four wins, an improvement from last year. Head coach Ed Dickson saw potential and believed his team could have done great things this year but there were some set-backs.

“We had a lot of returning talent but the environment wasn’t for a successful Division II college tennis program,” said Dickson. “That was the number one thing as a new coach was to change the environment, change the culture but I can’t change that overnight.”

The biggest challenge was only having six players, just enough to field a full team but not enough to have the depth needed to compete.

The Tornados top player in the top singles spot, junior David Taggart, had a record of 5-12 and 3-8 during conference play this year. Dickson said he was never out of a match and always competed, even against some of the top players in the conference.

Sophomores Christoph Plasa and Nathan Sabate were also seen as strong contributors to the team. Sabate won nine at No. 3 singles. He and Plasa, according to Dickson, both have strong potential for the upcoming years.

“Plasa made changes in his strokes during practices and applied them to competition, which is not an easy thing to do so quickly,” Dickson said. “He (Plasa) just got better as the year went on and had some great wins at doubles play and during singles play. Sabate worked on shot selection this year and figuring out how to hit the right shot to win points. He finished the season strong and was competitive with his opponents.”

Senior Rory Northam had his best season with Brevard with nine wins, tied for the team lead with Sabate. He too had five conference wins at No. 4 singles.

“Rory had great success as a senior and got on a good role midway through the spring and just continued to play well,” said Dickson.

Other players like George Finch and Richie Liell had the talent and ability there but the results didn’t always reflect that for either. Dickson said that Finch had the potential there and was too good to stay at No. 6 singles, where he had played last year, and need to be challenged to play against stronger competition at No. 2 singles.

Finch was high in the lineup because of his ability and talent. He was too good and his potential was too great to stay at No. 6 singles so he moved to No. 2 singles.

“Potential doesn’t always mean success because everyone was good fundamentally and we didn’t play the big points well,” said Dickson. “Our record was very deceiving because we could have won seven conference matches. We’ll have to be competitive in recruiting for next year and years to come. With the support from the college and community, we could be competing with some of the top schools in our conference.”

The Tornados will look to improve for next year and compete at a high level during South Atlantic Conference play.

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