NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph's sophomore Tim Stierle was named to the 2017 Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis All-Conference First Team on Monday afternoon. Senior Kyle Chalmers also earned a spot on the league's All-Academic squad.
A native of Böblingen, Germany, Stierle notched 22 singles wins for the Hawks this season, ranking second on the program's all-time single-season list. He also posted a 21-13 doubles mark to lead the team in victories in each discipline, while his 43-23 combined record across singles and doubles was a team best as well.
After transferring from Tusculum College this season, Stierle kicked off his Hawk career in grand fashion by claiming the title in the first singles flight at the eighth annual Saint Joseph's Invitational at the SJU Tennis Complex. He then went on to win the second singles flight title at the Navy Invitational before teaming with Peter Dewitt to claim the crown in the second doubles flight.
Stierle is the first Hawk to claim First Team honors since Chris and Jarrett Chirico in 2007.
Chalmers, a product of Tempe, Arizona, was tabbed to the All-Academic Team for the third consecutive season. On April 23, he tied the program's all-time record for career singles victories, notching 73 in his outstanding collegiate career. He is a two-time Second Team All-Conference honoree, and was the 2015 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year as well as a two-time Academic All-Area selection.
Last week, Chalmers was voted on to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large team, the first Hawk men's tennis student-athlete to earn that honor. He is now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Stierle and Chalmers combined for a formidable doubles partnership, posting a 9-3 record in the top flight and a 5-2 mark against conference opposition.
As a team, the Hawks finished with a 14-11 record and earned the seventh seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship before falling in the quarterfinals.