TOWSON, Md. – The coaches of the Landmark Conference deliberated on the All-Landmark teams, handing Goucher six accolades for the 2016-17 season.
Freshman Michael Herman (Prague, Czech Republic) was named the Landmark Conference Co-Rookie of the Year after posting a 13-8 overall record and a 3-3 record in the Landmark while playing at #1 and #2 singles. He also paired up with teammate Elliot Diehl (York, Pa.) to at #1 doubles to post a 4-2 record in conference play. In addition to being named Co-Rookie of the Year, Herman also earned All-Landmark Second Team Singles honors.
Junior Jack Hodges (London, England) was named to the All-Landmark First Team in singles play – his second such honor in two years. During the 2016-17 season, Hodges registered a 13-9 overall record and 6-1 record in conference play, falling only to the Landmark Conference Player of the Year, Salikh Gilmutdinov during the regular season.
Hodges clinched the Gophers’ second Landmark Conference Championship on Sunday, defeating former Landmark Player of the Year, Dean Polisena 1-6, 6-2, 6-0. His combined 3-1 record through the Landmark Conference Championships slate earned Hodges Most Valuable Player honors in 2017.
Freshman Frankie Mullinix (Washington, D.C.) was the third Gopher to earn All-Landmark Singles honors, being named to the Second Team. Over the 2016-17 season, he went 14-10 overall and rattled off a 4-2 record in conference play at #3 singles.
Mullinix was also a staple in the doubles lineup for Goucher, pairing with sophomore Josiah Meekins (Trenton, N.J.) to generate an 11-5 overall record for the Gophers. The duo went 6-1 at #3 doubles, including wins in both championship matchups against Scranton and Juniata.
The doubles teams of Midori Fujitani (Tokyo, Japan) and Hodges along with Diehl and Herman were both named to the Landmark Conference Second Team. Hodges and Fujitani went 4-2 in conference play and swept their way through the Landmark Conference Championships. The duo currently holds the Goucher College record in team doubles win, securing their 39th win as a duo on Sunday against Juniata.
Diehl and Herman were 10-9 as a pair in 2016-17, including a 4-2 record in conference play. The duo defeated Drew’s Gilmutdinov and Will Morrison, 8-5, in a 5-4 win over Drew during their regular season showdown - their opponent’s only loss of the year. Gilmutdinov and Morrison were named to the All-Landmark Conference Doubles First Team with 16-1 record.
The Goucher College men’s tennis team continues its season on Friday when they travel to Johns Hopkins University to take on John Carroll University at 2 p.m. in the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship First Round. The Blue Streak are 16-7 this season, earning the Ohio Athletic Conference’s automatic qualifying bid for the third consecutive year.