Two Tigers Named to Tennis All-Conference Team
May 5, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Senior Alex Bucewicz and junior James Spence were each named to the Conference USA All-Conference team in a poll of league head coaches, it was announced by the C-USA office, Thursday.
Bucewicz was a second-team, all-conference honoree after capping his four-year Tiger career with an 89-41 mark in singles and a 63-34 mark in doubles. He was 6-9 at No. 1 singles for the Tigers in the spring of 2005, finishing with a 13-10 mark in dual singles for the season. A three-time member of the Conference USA Academic Honor Roll, Bucewicz was named the M-Club Male Student-Athlete of the Week last week. The second-team honor is the first all-conference honor for Bucewicz, who became just the second Tiger in as many years to earn a national singles ranking. Bucewicz was ranked in three different computer rankings for the Tigers, following the lead of current Tiger assistant coach Lee Taylor Walker. Bucewicz was a five-time Conference USA player of the week, including two honors in 2004-05.
Junior James Spence is also earning his first career honor, garnering third team honors in the poll. Spence split time at No. 1 singles with Bucewicz, capping his year with a 13-9 singles mark, including a 5-3 mark at No. 1 and an 8-6 mark at No. 2. Spence suffered a wrist injury in the Middle Tennessee match, but managed to finish with a 7-3 mark in his last 10 matches in singles. He also teamed with White Station's Scott Felsenthal at No. 1 doubles, finishing with an 11-9 mark and earning a national ranking during two ranking periods. Spence and Felsenthal shared one C-USA Player of the Week honor after initially breaking into the national rankings. A member of the Tiger 3.0 Club for the last two semesters, Spence will be one of two Tiger seniors returning for the 2005-06 season. He will be joined by Alex Jago, who battled injuries all year to play No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles.
The Tigers, currently No. 73 in the country, were guided to a 12-11 record by first-year head coach Paul Goebel. Memphis faced an astounding 12 ranked opponents, including 11 of them on the road. All 11 Tiger losses came to ranked opponents on the road.
Next fall, the Tigers will again host the ITA/Southeast Regional championships at the Racquet Club of Memphis. That tournament has called Memphis home over the past two years and features some of the top ranked players in the country from one of the strongest regions in college tennis.