Fritz Named NESCAC Player of the Year, Three Others Earn All-Conference Honors
Contact: Mike O'Brien
HADLEY, Mass. – Joey Fritz ’14 of the fourth-ranked Amherst College men’s tennis team was named the 2014 NESCAC Player of the Year and three others were selected to the All-Conference teams, as announced by the league office Friday.
Fritz also earned first team laurels in singles and doubles while doubles partner Justin Reindel ’14 joined him on the first team. Chris Dale ’14 was named a second team All-NESCAC selection in doubles and Michael Solimano ’16 garnered second team honors in singles.
The 2014 NESCAC Player of the Year, Fritz, has guided the Jeffs to its 16th NCAA Championship appearance with a 31-3 record. Individually, the senior qualified for the national championship in both singles and doubles after helping Amherst win its sixth NESCAC Championship in program history. The NCAA Individual Championships begin Thursday, May 22 and go through Saturday, May 23 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif.
Fritz, a 2013 All-NESCAC First Team selection in singles, has excelled during his senior season with a 15-4 record from No. 1 singles and 16-5 mark in No. 1 doubles. After falling to third-ranked Middlebury, 5-4, Fritz led Amherst past the Panthers in the conference finals to avenge the loss with a decisive 5-1 win. Alongside Reindel, the duo took No. 1 doubles, 8-5, while Fritz won No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-4.
Reindel has played a pivotal role in the doubles team’s success and will be joining Fritz at the NCAA Individual Championships. His All-Conference selection marks the first of his career.
Representing the second team are Dale and Solimano. Dale holds a 10-1 dual match doubles record and has been paired with five different Jeffs since the beginning of the season. His only doubles loss occurred against No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer on Mar. 17 and has won nine straight since then. The senior is 3-0 in No. 1 doubles, 3-0 on the No. 2 court and 4-1 from the No. 3 spot.
In just his second season with the Jeffs, Solimano has two All-NESCAC honors to his name. A 2013 second team selection in doubles, the sophomore has gone 15-2 in singles play this year to garner singles honors. Playing primarily from the No. 3 court, he is a perfect 8-0. He has also seen time on the No. 1 court (2-1), the No. 2 court (3-1) and from the No. 4 spot (2-0).
Amherst returns to the courts Saturday, May 10 to host Stevens Institute of Technology at 10 a.m.