HADLEY, MA -- Williams College junior Felix Sun (Potomoc, Md.) has been named the 2012 New England Small College Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Year, it was announced today.
Sun's play has provided plenty of energy for the Ephs this season, as he owns a 21-3 singles mark heading into the NCAA Tournament. He is the first Eph to win the conference's top honor since Dan Greenberg – his current head coach – did so in 2008.
"Felix has had an unbelievable year by being unbelievably steady. Every day he's been focused and consistent, and it's allowed him to play at a high level for every match with very few blips. More importantly, he always competes with a positive attitude. To be selected as Player of the Year in this league is a huge honor and a testament to Felix's determination."
The 2010 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Sun added All-NESCAC honors to his resume for the third year in a row with a second consecutive appointment to the Singles First Team. Playing in the number two position in the Ephs' ladder, Sun is 13-1 since the start of the spring portion of the Williams schedule with all 13 victories coming in straight sets. During the fall, Sun reached the semifinals of the USTA/ITA New England Regional Championship before falling to doubles partner Matt Micheli. The two received Second Team Doubles among this year's league awards.
Joining Sun from Williams on the All-Conference First Team were juniors Trey Meyer (New Orleans, La.) and Bryan Chow (Niskayuna, N.Y.), as the Ephs' First Team trio has been invited to compete in the NCAA individual championship May 24-26 in Cary, N.C. Meyer and Chow have enjoyed a fantastic season as Williams' top doubles team, going 20-7 and claiming both the USTA/ITA New England Regional and National Small College Championships.
"Bryan and Trey have had a great year in doubles, reaching #1 in the country. But even with the targets on their back, they stayed tough in the NESCAC, winning big matches and going toe-to-toe with all the other top teams."
The top player in the Ephs' order, Meyer (13-7) was also recognized on the First Team Singles, moving up from last year's Second Team.
"Trey has improved every year as a player, but this year he's really stepped up at the #1 singles and doubles spots. He does everything right as a competitor, and his attitude has allowed him to raise his game and beat some of the best players in the country. His example has elevated our teams expectations as well. "