NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Three Saint Joseph’s student-athletes were lauded by the Atlantic 10 as the league office announced its men’s tennis postseason honors on Tuesday afternoon.
Stierle earned First Team plaudits for the second consecutive season while garnering his first All-Academic nod. He notched a team-high 15 singles wins – including 11 in the top singles flight – for a team-leading .652 winning percentage, while his career winning percentage of .660 in his time at SJU ranks him eighth in program history. In September, he claimed his second consecutive top-flight singles crown at the Saint Joseph’s Invitational.
On the doubles ledger, the native of Böblingen, Germany, posted nine wins in the top flight on the way to 13 total doubles triumphs and a combined 28 victories overall, tied for the most on the squad.
Hailing from Reading, Pennsylvania, Fick won 13 singles matches playing predominantly in the second flight, including four against Atlantic 10 opposition. He added 11 doubles victories for an overall total of 24 wins, good for third on the team.
Fick gave the Hawks a memorable result playing in the fourth flight against crosstown rival Villanova on March 29 as he bounced back from an early deficit to post a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win to clinch the overall match victory for SJU.
Tan, a native of Berowra, Australia, ranked among the Hawks’ leaders in total matches played in both the singles and doubles departments. He claimed 20 victories, posting nine in singles play and 11 on the doubles side, while tying for the team lead in matches played against Atlantic 10 opposition.
Both he and Stierle have been named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s and SJU Athletic Director’s Honor Rolls throughout their academic careers on Hawk Hill.
The trio led the Hawks to the ninth seed in this year’s Atlantic 10 Championship, where SJU knocked off eighth-seeded George Mason before falling in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion, top-seeded VCU.