FOREST, Va. --- Washington and Lee University collected a league-high eight all-conference team selections plus two special individual honors to headline the 2022 All-ODAC Men's Tennis Awards.
Bridgewater College senior Canon Secord received ODAC Player of the Year honors from the league's head coaches for a third time in his career. Washington and Lee mentor David Detwiler garnered ODAC Coach of the Year laurels, while Generals first-year Will Kistler was tabbed the ODAC Rookie of the Year. Randolph College senior Alex Kulvivat was named the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league's athletic communications personnel.
First-year athletes appear in 14 different positions on the 2022 All-ODAC lists. Still, there are eight standouts that earned all-conference distinction for a second straight season. BC's Secord is an All-ODAC First Team singles player for a third time and repeats as an All-ODAC Second Team pick for the second straight season. Virginia Wesleyan University's Mitchell Perry is a first team singles player again, while he and partner Felx Bevc repeat as a first team doubles tandem. Teammate Henry West is one-half of a first team doubles pairing for a second time.
W&L's Evan Brady and Connor Coleman repeat as first team singles players. Guilford College's Jay Montague was tabbed to the second team as a singles player for a second time. Bridgewater's Matthew Gordon is a second team doubles player for a second year running.
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Secord, a senior from Harrisonburg, Va., joins select company in ODAC men's tennis history as only the fourth player to earn at least three ODAC Player of the Year awards. Lynchburg's Buzz Frey (1981-84) and Hampden-Sydney's William Moss (2007-10) garnered four top-player plaques, while H-SC's Bryan Duquette (1998-2000) secured three such honors. Secord, who also collected ODAC Rookie of the Year laurels in 2019, went 7-0 in singles play against ODAC foes, all from the top flight. He was a combined 5-2 in conference doubles action with partners Matthew Leonard and Matthew Gordon. Overall, Secord went 14-1 in singles matches with his only loss to a player from Division II member Tiffin University. He went 12-4 in doubles action. He his career, Secord posted 97 total victories including 53 singles wins.
Detwiler is in the midst of his 22nd season leading the Washington and Lee men's tennis squad. His involvement with the program spans 25 years as the Director of the Duchossois Tennis Center and formerly as an assistant for the men's and women's teams. This is the fifth time he has been selected ODAC Coach of the Year, pairing with honors he earned in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2013. The Generals are currently ranked 11th in the Atlantic South Region in the polling system administered by the ITA. W&L hoisted its 12th straight and ODAC record 40th overall men's tennis trophy this season. The Generals are on the road at Williams College for the early round play in the Division III Team Tournament this weekend.
Kistler, a first-year from Hilton Head, S.C., is one of several first-year athletes to make immediate impacts at Washington and Lee. He is one of four rookies in Lexington to earn All-ODAC honors. Kistler groups this award with All-ODAC First Team singles and doubles selections. He went 7-0 against conference opponents in singles play, all from the second flight. Twice he won in straight sets and owned a 85-18 set-point differential. In ODAC doubles play, Kistler went 6-1 with two partners including 5-1 with fellow first team partner Eli Hirshberg. Overall, Kistler is 13-8 in all singles matches including 9-4 from the second flight. He is 13-9 in doubles play with an 11-2 mark with Hirshberg.
Kulvivat, a senior from Severna Park, Md., is standout on and off the court for Randolph. In the classroom, Kulvivat maintains a 3.84 grade point average as an aerospace engineering major. He is a perennial member of the Randolph Dean's List and the All-ODAC Academic Team. An ITA Scholar-Athlete, Kulvivat is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma (student-athlete) national honors society. He is part of the Randolph SUPER program -- Step-Up to Physical Science and Engineering at Randolph. Post-Randolph, he plans to enrollment in grad school and eventually design aircraft for the military.
On the court, Kulvivat went 6-2 in ODAC singles matches, all at the second flight. He was 4-4 in top-flight doubles matches with partner Nicolas Alvarado. Overall, he posted a 16-6 singles record including 13-5 at the #2 ladder position. He and Alvarado went 10-12 in doubles play with a 9-9 showing at #1.
Listed below is the full set of All-ODAC Men's Tennis Awards. For more information, visit the websites of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.
2022 ALL-ODAC MEN'S TENNIS AWARDS
ODAC Player of the Year: Canon Secord, Sr., Bridgewater
ODAC Coach of the Year: David Detwiler, Washington and Lee
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Will Kistler, Washington and Lee
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Alex Kulvivat, Sr., Randolph
|ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM|
|#1 Singles:||Canon Secord, Sr., Bridgewater College*|
|#1 Singles:||Evan Erb, Fy., Washington and Lee|
|#2 Singles:||Mitchell Perry, Sr., Virginia Wesleyan*|
|#2 Singles:||Will Kistler, Fy., Washington and Lee|
|#3 Singles:||Evan Brady, Jr., Washington and Lee*|
|#4 Singles:||Eli Hirshberg, Fy., Washington and Lee|
|#5 Singles:||Connor Coleman, So., Washington and Lee*|
|#6 Singles:||James Kurani, Fy., Washington and Lee|
|#1 Doubles:||Virginia Wesleyan: Felix Bevc, So.* / Mitchell Perry, Sr.*|
|#1 Doubles:||Washington and Lee: Eli Hirshberg, Fy. / Will Kistler, Fy.|
|#2 Doubles:||Washington and Lee: Evan Brady, Jr. / Evan Erb, Fy.|
|#3 Doubles:||Virginia Wesleyan: Francis Cabaddu, Fy. / Henry West, Jr.*|
|ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM|
|#1 Singles:||Barrett Foster, Fy., Hampden-Sydney|
|#1 Singles:||Levi Vigdorchik, Jr., Lynchburg|
|#2 Singles:||Jay Montague, Sr., Guilford^|
|#3 Singles:||Francis Cabaddu, Fy., Virginia Wesleyan|
|#4 Singles:||Henry Singleton, Fy., Hampden-Sydney|
|#5 Singles:||Henry West, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan|
|#6 Singles:||Cam Perry, Fy., Virginia Wesleyan|
|#1 Doubles:||Bridgewater: Matthew Leonard, Fy. / Canon Secord, Sr.^|
|#1 Doubles:||Hampden-Sydney: Tyler Brice, Sr. / Barrett Foster, Fy.|
|#2 Doubles:||Randolph-Macon: Ryan Aud, Sr. / Max Doyle, So.|
|#3 Doubles:||Bridgewater: Matthew Gordon, Sr.^ / Noah Hughes, Jr.|
|* 2021 All-ODAC First Team
^ 2021 All-ODAC Second Team