Men's Tennis Sweep GNAC Season Awards


The Suffolk University Men's Tennis Team swept the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) season awards taking home seven honors as the Rams completed their fourth succesful season in a row winning the GNAC Championship finishing 2012 with a 13-1 overall mark.

Freshman Marc Winkler (Caracas, Venezuela) earned multiple honors as he was named the conference's Rookie of the Year, while also being a first-team selection in both singles and doubles play. Winkler who was Suffolk's top singles play for much of the year finished the season a winner of 12 contests in both singles and doubles play combined. Winkler was 6-2 in singles competition on the year winning four of those matches in the number one singles spot.

Senior Chris Staley (London, England) was also a first-team All-Conference selection in singles play as he boasted a an 8-2 overall mark and was a perfect 7-0 from the second singles position for Suffolk. Staley wraps up a career that saw him win a total of 68 matches for Suffolk between singles and doubles play. His 39 doubles victories are the most by a Suffolk player over the last decade. He was named Tournament MVP for 2012 as he went a perfect 4-0 in the two game tourament for the Rams.

Both Staley and Winkler were Suffolk's top doubles team in 2012 as they earned first team All-Conference honors for a duo. The pair combined for a 6-2 mark on the season.

Rounding out the first team GNAC All-Conference selections from Suffolk were senior Albert Buruga (Bradenton, Fla.) and sophomore Aaron Lau (Hong Kong, China).

Buruga was perhaps Suffolk's most dominant singles player on the season as he finished the year with a team-high nine victories in 10 matches. Buruga blew through the GNAC Tournament without allowing an opponent to score taking four straight set victories at 6-0. He finishes a two-year stint with the Rams posting a 13-1 combined record in singles play while with Suffolk.

Lau was 6-3 on the season for the Rams.

Senior Harlan Strader (Marblehead, Mass.) earned second team All-Conference honors. He posted a 7-1 record in singles play this season for the Rams going a perfect 3-0 in the fifth singles spot. Both he and Buruga combined for a 6-3 record in doubles play on the year for Suffolk.

Suffolk defeated Emerson College on Saturday, April 28 to take their fourth consecutive league crown. Since 2009, Suffolk has posted a 45-5 overall record.

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