April 29, 2008

Three Spartans Land on All-CAC Squad

YORK, PA - The York College men’s tennis team landed three Spartans on the All-Capital Athletic Conference squad for the 2008 campaign. Tim Mowrer (Gordonville, Pa./Pequea Valley) captured a first-team singles bid, while Paul Graci (Exton, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) received a second-team nod for his play in singles. Mowrer and Joel Trimmer (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) earned second-team honors in doubles for the pair’s strong play this year.

The first-team all-league nod, which is a first in the history of Spartan men’s tennis, caps Mowrer’s outstanding junior campaign. Mowrer spent the entire season as York’s #1 singles player amassing a 16-4 record, totaling the most wins of any individual player in the CAC. Mowrer also became the first player in Spartan history to be ranked in the region’s top-25 according to itatennis.com, when he was ranked #25 in the Atlantic South region in the April 15 poll. The all-league selection is Mowrer’s second after being named to the second-team in 2006.

“Tim is such an athlete,” Spartan head coach Mark Ludwig said. “He is one of those kids that is just good at whatever he does. Fortunately for us he chose tennis. Tim flourished this season and has become on of the top players in the CAC.”

Graci lands on the All-CAC squad after a stellar 2008 season. Only a sophomore, Graci accumulated a 15-4 record having spent most of the year as the Spartans’ #2 singles player. The second-team choice won eleven times in the second slot, dropping only three matches as York’s #2 player.

“Paul significantly stepped up his game this year,” Ludwig said. “His play really boosted our team throughout the season. I am looking forward to seeing him as a junior and senior.”

Mowrer and Trimmer combined for the second-team selection in doubles play. The duo notched a 13-4 record in 2008 and was the most consistent Spartan pair. Only juniors, Mowrer and Trimmer manned the #2 doubles spot for the majority of the season but were 2-0 when Ludwig slotted them into first doubles play.

“These two play well together,” Ludwig said of his all-league doubles players. “Tim and Joel really feed off each other and pick each other up.”

With all three of York’s All-CAC selections returning next season and only graduating two players from a roster that amassed a 15-5 overall record including 4-2 in the CAC, the men’s tennis program is primed for another strong year in 2009.

“We have some very good players coming back next season,” Ludwig said. “We want to continue and build upon the success we experienced this year.”

COMPLETE ALL-CAC TEAM

Tim Mowrer photo courtesy of Eric Linsley

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