Five Lyons earn all-league accolades, Oliver selected player of the year

Five Lyons earn all-league accolades, Oliver selected player of the year

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Wheaton College men's tennis team placed five of its players on the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league teams during Tuesday's postseason meeting at the United States Coast Guard Academy, while junior Neall Oliver (Portland, Maine/Deering) became the second Lyon to be named player of the year.

In addition to Oliver being voted the top player at first singles, classmate Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, Mass./Home Schooled) was named to the all-league first team at third singles.  Sophomore Dennis Scarpa (Cheshire, Conn./Xavier) picked up second-team accolades at sixth singles, as did senior Harry Altman (Riverdale, N.Y./The Dwight School) and freshman Ned Terrace (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) at third doubles.

After earning second-team singles honors as a freshman, Oliver was named to the first squad for the initial time.  He joins Payum Payman '07 as the lone Lyons tabbed with top player accolades.   Oliver went a perfect 5-0 in conference play, including knocking off the region's 10th-ranked player from league champion Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Oliver posted an 11-4 overall mark in dual matches, going 10-2 from the top slot.

Earning his first all-conference singles nod, Poulin strung together a 4-1 mark in the NEWMAC, which included a three-set victory and a pair of straight-set wins that involved tiebreakers.  Recording a straight-set triumph over nationally-ranked MIT and a three-set victory against regionally-ranked State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta State, Poulin went 9-5 in dual matches, including a 9-4 mark from the third position.

Collecting his first career all-league laurel, Scarpa posted a 10-5 singles record, a 9-3 mark in dual matches, a 6-2 ledger in the sixth slot and a 4-1 record in the NEWMAC.  He won eight straight matches at one point, including a three-set victory against Oneonta State.

Altman, who was named an all-league doubles player for the third straight year after drawing two consecutive singles accolades as a sophomore and junior, joined first-time honoree Terrace.  The pair combined to win nine straight matches as partners before falling to MIT to close out the regular season.  Altman and Terrace were 8-1 from the third position, which included a victory over Oneonta State.

Reaching the NEWMAC Tournament semifinal round for the ninth consecutive spring, Wheaton finished the year with an 11-6 record and a 4-1 conference mark, which was good for second.  After a 1-4 start, the Lyons ripped off 10 straight wins, equaling a 10-match winning streak from 2004-05.