HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University junior men's tennis player John Hughes (Springfield, Mass.) has been named Northeast Conference Player of the Week for the third consecutive week, the league office today announced. With the honor, Hughes becomes just the second player all-time to be named NEC Player of the Week for three straight weeks, joining Fairleigh Dickinson's Philip Stephens (March 6-20, 2007).
Hughes advanced to the ITA Northeast Regional Round of 32 with wins against Fairfield's Robert Ferrante and Dartmouth's Daniel Freeman. Hughes' earned victory against Ferrante in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion. The junior won 12 of the final 17 games after dropping the first six to earn a three-set, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3, triumph.
Against Freeman, who was ranked among the top 17-32 seeds, Hughes won the first set, 6-3, before falling in a second-set tie-breaker, 7-6 (13-11). Hughes was leading 3-2, up a break with a 30-0 advantage in the third set when Freeman retired due to injury.
Hughes' player of the week selection this week follows honors for winning singles titles at the Bucknell Invitational and Quinnipiac Invitational, Oct. 7 and 14, respectively. On the season, Hughes is 19-6, including a 10-2 singles mark.