PBA Men's Tennis Looks To Reach Even Higher in 2008
January 23, 2008Having finished as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national tournament runner-up in 2006 and 2007, this years squad has national title hopes locked in their sight. Poised to return to the tournament with a veteran lineup, head coach Chi Ly sees this squad as ready to make that jump.
“We view this year as a culmination of experience, not only through our expectations but because we have the experience and talent to make some impact", said the third-year head coach of the Fish.
“Adding John Tilton back into our regular rotation only makes us better and continues to add to our teams overall strength and depth,” continued Ly.
As far as senior leadership is concerned, Ly has the luxury of turning to his number one and number two players: Brock Newton and Paul Segodo. After an impressive fall season and tournament experience under their belts, both players are looking to finish out their collegiate careers on a high note.
A senior from Roanoke, Virginia, Newton sits firmly in the number one slot for the Fish after being named an NCCAA All-American during the 2007 season. Newton is currently ranked fifth in the ITA Division II Southeast Region singles rankings and is #35 overall in the ITA National singles rankings.
Segodo hails from Benin, Africa and looks to round out his PBA career with a chance at improving with each match. A talented overall player, Segodo will compete at the #2 singles where he earned NCCAA All-American status one year ago.
Joining Newton and Segodo in the regular rotation will be juniors John Tilton (Salem, Ore.) and James Buerkle (Lake Worth, Fla.), along with sophomores Lukas Colombo (Santiago, Chile) and Frankie Moulton (Greenacres, Fla.). Two freshman players will also debut for the Fish this spring in Rob Brasington (Plantation, Fla.) and Brett Gibson (Vestavia Hills, Ala).
The PBA men’s tennis team will open their season on February 2nd at Gaines Park in West Palm Beach along with the PBA women’s team against Florida Tech at 12 pm. This opening match will also feature the welcoming of the children from First Serve of The Palm Beaches, a non-profit organization that the Palm Beach Atlantic tennis teams have become guest instructors and mentors to while at PBA.
Another exciting opportunity will take place on February 16th when the PBA men take on Rollins College at the College Showcase at Delray Beach ITC tournament, Delray Beach Tennis Center. This tournament will partner with the “Celebrating Education Day and Kids' Day”, featuring another interaction with First Serve.
PBA also features home contests versus: Saint Leo (Feb. 8th), Barry University (Feb. 20th), Saint Vincent (Feb. 26th), and West Alabama University (March 27th). All these matches will be played at the South Olive Tennis Center in West Palm Beach.
Other exciting opportunities for the PBA men’s team is their scheduled NCAA regional championship dated for May 9-10. Because PBA is now a full NCAA Division II member, the teams can now compete for regional and national championships as well as receive recognition in the regional and national level. Currently the men rank fifth in Division II Southeast Region and 37th in the ITA Division II national rankings.
PBA will also compete in the 2008 NCCAA National Championship tournament from May 4th-8th in Marion, Indiana on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.