Four individuals claim honors following historic season
Finnegan capped a two-year Tiger career with a 6-3 mark at No. 5 singles during the spring season. A transfer from Georgia Southern as a junior, Finnegan was 28-21 in singles as a Tiger after battling a shoulder injury his first year in Memphis. In 2004-05, he teamed with Alex Jago for a 12-6 mark at No. 3 doubles. Finnegan is graduating with a degree in finance. He hopes to become a tennis graduate assistant somewhere while working on a master's degree.
Spring 2005: Capped his final semester as a Tiger with a 10-9 record in singles, including a 6-3 mark at No. 5 and a 1-0 mark at No. 6...Was also 1-1 at No. 3 and 2-5 at No. 4 in his last semester...Teamed with Alex Jago at No. 3 doubles, where the duo won eight straight doubles matches at one point and finished with a team-best 12-6 record.
Fall 2004: Was one of three Tigers to post a 6-3 mark in the fall in singles...Opened the fall season with a bang, winning the B1 Singles title at Middle Tennessee, defeating opponents from Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois, and teammate Scott Felsenthal en route the tournament title...Teamed with sophomore Sam Withell at that same tournament in the Flight One doubles bracket, advancing to the semifinals before falling to eventual tournament champs, Brandon Allan and Kai Schledorn from the host Blue Raiders in the semis...Dropped his opening match at the RazorRacket Invitational, but rallied back to the Consolation A finals, where he fell to Wichita State's Boris Gubic, 6-1, 7-6 (3)...Fell in the ITA Southeast Regional singles qualifying draw to Troy's Robert Van Swelm, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5...Was 3-2 in doubles for the fall, including a 1-1 mark with freshman Bryan Bankester from the Arkansas tournament.
Spring 2004: Overcame shoulder injury to post a 9-6 mark in singles during the spring dual season...Was 6-2 at No. 6 singles and 3-4 at No. 5...Also teamed with Alex Jago to post a 1-0 mark at No. 3 doubles and with Andrew Olswing for a 1-0 mark at No. 3 as he played limited doubles to allow his shoulder to recover.
Fall 2003: Transferred to the University of Memphis over the summer...Posted a 3-3 singles and a 1-3 doubles mark before a shoulder injury forced him to miss the remainder of the fall schedule.
Spring 2003: Went 3-14 in singles while at Georgia Southern...Played No. 1 singles, where he was 1-8 for the season, and also No. 2 singles, where he went 2-6...Faced one nationally-ranked opponent, falling to No. 59 Clayton Almedia of Winthrop University, 6-7 (2), 6-0, 6-4...Was 4-11 in doubles play, splitting time between No. 3 and No. 1 singles...All four of his doubles wins came at No. 3 when he was teamed with Vincent Patry.
Fall 2002: Went 5-6 in singles and 1-4 in doubles at Georgia Southern University...Finnegan opened the 2002 fall season with a pair of losses to opponents from Florida State and USF before downing Florida Atlantic's Kevin Obletz, 6-2, 6-2...He won three straight matches for his longest winning streak of the fall, starting with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Jacksonville's Andres Rojas...He then downed Barton College's John Marte, 6-0, 6-1, to advance to the Quarterfinals at the South Carolina Fall Invitational, where he fell, 6-3, 6-2 to East Tennessee State's Diego Iglesias...He lost to USF's Jorge Escallon, 6-0, 6-3 in the Round of 64 at the Omni Hotel Southern Region Championships to wrap up his fall...He teamed with Danie Van in doubles...The duo lost their fall opener, 9-7, to Jacksonville's Birkmann and Mueller at the Seminole Fall Classic before splitting two matches at the JU Dolphin/David P. Hastings Memorial...They then suffered a pair of setbacks to teams from Virginia and USF in their final two fall doubles matches.
Spring 2002: Went 14-4 in singles and was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year..Was also named Team MVP and to the All-Southern Conference team after his freshman season...Was 8-2 at No. 3 singles for Georgia Southern and 2-1 at No. 2 singles...Also played some time at No. 4 and 5 singles, finishing with a 3-0 mark at No. 4 and a 1-1 mark at No. 5...His longest winning streak of the season was a 10-match win streak that started with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Charleston Southern's Rodrigo Villarroel and was snapped by Furman's Chris Henderson, 7-5 (6), 4-6, 6-3...Was 7-4 in doubles, playing mostly at No. 3...Was 3-2 in doubles when teamed with Uli Ebensperger and was 2-1 when teamed with Noah Tyler, his doubles partner from the fall...Finnegan and Wojciech Nowak teamed together for a couple of matches at No. 1 doubles, splitting the two matches.
Fall 2001: Was 3-3 in singles his first collegiate semester at Georgia Southern, opening with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Coastal Carolina's Jean Phillip Cluotier...His longest winning streak of the fall was two matches, while advancing to the Consolation semifinals at the South Carolina Fall Invitational...Teamed with Noah Tyler for a 3-0 mark in doubles, playing all three matches at the Charleston Southern Invitational...The duo won the doubles title there with a 9-8 (4) win over College of Charleston's Milos Lazic and Philipp Koller.
Prep: Competed in the Irish Indoor Tennis Championships in the U 18, U 16 and U12 age groups...Was the No. 1 ranked junior in Ireland at ages 12,14, 16 and 17.
Personal: Full name is Mark Finnegan...Was born June 24, 1982 in Dublin, Ireland...Son of Patrick and Elizabeth Finnegan..Nickname is Flaps...His dad is an architect and his mom is an artist...Lists his greatest on-court accomplishment as winning the U18 National Championship in Ireland...His goal is to make it to the NCAA Tournament and would love to play in the NCAA Sweet 16...Was offered scholarships by Clemson and UT-Chattanooga before choosing Georgia Southern...Choose to transfer to Memphis because of its national ranking and the coaching staff.