POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -Marist men's tennis Head Coach Tim Smith has announced his captains for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Seniors Joris Van Eck (Ospel, The Netherlands) and Billy Bishop (Houston, Texas) as well as junior Jacob Solly (Sydney, Australia) will lead the Red Foxes this year.
Van Eck went a combined 17-27 last season in singles and doubles. He played primarily in the second singles position throughout the year, despite missing a period of time due to illness. He was named to the All-MAAC Second Team at second doubles, along with his playing partner, Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland). The duo went 3-1 late in the year, including a win in the MAAC Semifinals over Saint Peter's. Off the court, Van Eck was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team as well as being individually recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for maintain a GPA of at least 3.5.
Bishop just completed his first season at Marist after transferring from Tyler Junior College, where he helped the Apaches win the 2010 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship. Last year, Bishop went 14-4 in singles for the Red Foxes, competing primarily in the sixth position, and was a perfect 3-0 against MAAC opponents. He was 13-13 at doubles, usually pairing with Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.). The duo were named to the All-MAAC Second Team at Third Doubles.
Solly was 5-2 in singles, including victories in dual matches over MAAC opponents Siena and Rider. He also went 3-1 in doubles action, again registering wins against Siena and Rider. Like Van Eck, Solly was also named to the MAAC All-Academic Team and was individually recognized by the ITA for maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA.
"Collectively, Billy, Jacob and Joris bring energy experience, knowledge and a burning desire to win," Smith said. "They will help catapult our team into becoming conference champions, and receiving our 10th bid to the NCAA Tournament."
This past spring, the Red Foxes fell just short in their bid for a fifth consecutive MAAC Championship, dropping to second-seeded Fairfield in the finals, 4-3, in a match that game down to the final set. They finished the season at 15-6 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the MAAC, their third straight undefeated season in conference play.
The 2012-13 season will start off in Providence R.I. with the Brown Fall Classic Sept. 14-16.