March 30, 2010

John Hughes Named NEC Men's Tennis Player of the Week

HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior John Hughes (Springfield, Mass.) has been named the Northeast Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career, the league office today announced. Hughes went 5-3 on the week, including a 3-1 mark in singles. He went 3-0 out of his customary No. 2 singles position, and took his only loss of the week while playing up to No. 1 at nationally-ranked No. 61 Harvard.

Hughes began the week with a 6-1, 6-3, victory over David Shaheen in the Bobcats' 5-2 victory at Villanova. After falling to Harvard's top player, Alexei Chijoff-Evans, 6-2, 6-0, Hughes responded with a pair of victories at No. 2 in the Bobcats' victories over Monmouth and Bryant. He defeated Monmouth's Ian Terpilowski, 6-4, 6-2, before getting past Juan Paredes of Bryant, 7-5, 6-4. Hughes also split four doubles matches at No. 2 with freshman Andrew Weeden.

The 5-3 record on the week pushed his overall season mark to 17-13. He's 9-5 at singles, including a 5-0 mark out of the No. 2 position in dual matches.

The Bobcats return to action tomorrow afternoon, when they travel to Teaneck, N.J., to take on Fairleigh Dickinson. Matches are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.