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June 1, 2005

2005 Men's Tennis Review

Vikings place third in CCIW and post 11-8 overall record; John Feehan and Dan Rooney move into fourth place on all-time doubles victory list.

Seniors John Feehan (Illinois Math & Science Academy, East Moline, IL) and Dan Rooney (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, IL) put the finishing touches on tremendous careers to highlight the 2005 men’s tennis season at Augustana. The Vikings of first year head coach Pat Marsh went 11-8 overall and placed third in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin tournament.

Feehan and Rooney played together at number one doubles during the 2005 season and went 14-4 with several significant wins. They finished their careers with a fine record of 35-18 as a doubles team, which places them fourth on Augustana’s all-time list for victories. Their winning percentage of .660 is the fifth best in school history.

Feehan, who played number one singles for the past two seasons, was 10-8 in 2005 and he was a first team all-conference selection in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for the second year in a row. He ended his career with a 41-32 record in singles. He placed fourth in the conference at number four singles as a freshman and as a sophomore he was fourth at number two singles. He was a second team Academic All-District selection by ESPN – The Magazine as a senior.

Rooney wrapped up his career with a record of 49-27 and moved into seventh place on Augustana’s all-time victory list in singles. His winning percentage of .644 is 10th best in school history. He was a second team all-conference pick as a senior.

The Vikings took third in the CCIW tournament, beating Illinois Wesleyan 7-0 in the first round before losing to Carthage 7-0 in the semi-finals. In the third place match Augustana won a 4-3 decision over Elmhurst to give the Vikings their best conference finish since the 2002 team also placed third.

Junior Don Martinez (Rich East HS, Park Forest, IL) ended the year with the most singles victories on the team as he went 11-7 while playing anywhere from number three to number five. Four other players also wound up with double digits in victories as Nate Olson (Muscatine HS, Muscatine, IA) went 10-5 at number six, Rafael Romero (Byron HS, Byron, IL – Punto Fijo, Venezuela) was 10-7 at number three, Feehan was 10-8 at number one and Rooney was 10-9 at number two.

The Vikings were 5-4 overall and 0-2 in the CCIW after losing to Elmhurst 4-3 on April 1. They won six of their final 10 matches to finish the year 11-8.

2005 CCIW Tournament

April 29-30, 2005  **  Evergreen Racquet Club  **  Bloomington, Illinois

Seeds: 1. Carthage (5-0); 2. Wheaton (4-1); 3. Elmhurst (3-2); 4. AUGUSTANA (2-3); 5. Illinois Wesleyan (0-4); 6. North Central (0-4).

First Round:

Match #1 – Augustana 7, Illinois Wesleyan 0

Match #2 – Elmhurst 7, North Central 0

Semi-Final:

Match #3 – Carthage 7, Augustana 0

Match #4 – Wheaton 6, Elmhurst 1

Placing Matches:

Match #5 – Illinois Wesleyan 7, North Central 0 (5th place)

Match #6 – Augustana 4, Elmhurst 3 (3rd place)

Match #7 – Carthage 6, Wheaton 1 (1st place)

2005 Augustana Superlatives

CCIW All-Conference: John Feehan (1st team) and Dan Rooney (2nd team)

ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-District: John Feehan (2nd team)

Career Top Ten Victories: 35-18 - John Feehan and Dan Rooney move into fourth place

Career Top Ten Doubles Winning Percentage: .660 (35-18) John Feehan and Dan Rooney move into fifth place

Career Singles Top Ten Winning Percentage: 49 (49-27) – Dan Rooney moves into seventh place

Career Singles Top Ten Winning Percentage: .645 (49-27) – Dan Rooney moves into 10th place