HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men’s tennis head coach Chris Drake announced the 2017-18 team awards at the Big Green’s annual end-of-the-year banquet at the home of alum and current philosophy science professor Carey Heckman ’76. Three players were recognized for their performances throughout the season.
Senior Paul Midgley received both the Hard Hat Commitment Award and, for the second year in a row, the Clarence J. Davies Award. The former is given to the player that most exemplifies the team’s values: self-motivation, preparation, being team oriented, having a positive attitude and having strength of character. The Davies is given to the player who displayed the qualities of sportsmanship and integrity that reflect most favorably on themselves and Dartmouth.
During his final season in Hanover, Midgley went 3-4 in singles, taking down opponents from Boston College and Yale in tournament play and Boston University in dual matches. He had a record of 1-3 in doubles, defeating a pair from Cornell alongside junior Eddie Grabill.
Sophomore David Horneffer received the Occum Bowl, which is awarded to the player who made the greatest improvement during the year and demonstrated increasing maturity in attitude toward the game. Throughout the regular season, he went 7-0 at No. 2 singles and 9-3 at the No. 3 position, going unbeaten in conference action. In the loss to Oregon in the first round of NCAAs, he won his first set, 7-5, and was leading the second, 3-2, when the match went unfinished.
In doubles, he and classmate Charlie Broom went 13-5 at the No. 1 position, taking down two ranked opponents during the year and going 3-0 in Ivy play. The duo was up, 5-4, in their match against the Ducks before it was ended early. At the conclusion of the regular season, Horneffer was named first team All-Ivy for both singles and doubles.
Freshman Peter Conklin was the winner of the Grit Grind Toughness Award for exemplifying the team’s values of toughness, grit, resilience, composure and confidence. Conklin went 11-3 in singles dual matches, going undefeated at No. 4 (2-0), 2-1 at No. 5 and 7-2 at the No. 6 position. He and senior Max Fliegner paired up at No. 3 doubles, ending the season with a 14-7 dual match mark.