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August 9, 2012

2012-13 MEN'S TENNIS PREVIEW

Senior Jack Cullen returns for his senior season after being an integral part of the Vikings success the past three years. He was 11-14 in singles and 19-8 in doubles last year, winning the CCIW flight championship at number three doubles with parter Colin Arnold.

GENERAL INFORMATION

NAME: Augustana College

CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201

FOUNDED: 1860

NICKNAME: Vikings

SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold

HOME COURTS: Lower Campus Courts

ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: NCAA Division III

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW)

PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski

ATHLETIC FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE: Dr. Craig Van Sandt, Professor of Business

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

TENNIS HISTORY

FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1940 - overall won-loss-tie dual meet record: 575-376-1 (.605)

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN CHAMPIONS: 1947 - 1948 - 1955 - 1956 - 1958 - 1960 - 1965 - 1966 - 1967 - 1968 - 1970 - 1971 - 1972 - 1974 - 1975 - 1977 - 1978 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985

SPORTS INFORMATION

SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Dave Wrath

SID OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7265

SID FAX: (309) 794-7525

CELL PHONE: (309) 737-5306

E-MAIL ADDRESS: davewrath@augustana.edu

AUGUSTANA INTERNET ADDRESS: www.augustana.edu

SID MAILING ADDRESS: Dave Wrath, Sports Information Director, Carver PE Center, 639 38th Street, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois 61201

COACHING STAFF

HEAD COACH: Jon Miedema (2nd year, Calvin - 2005)

MIEDEMA'S DUAL MEET RECORD: Miedema is in his second season as men's head coach at Augustana...He led the Vikings to a 16-11 overall record and a fourth-place CCIW finish in his first year...He is also the head women's coach at Augustana.

OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-8986

ASSISTANT COACH: Scott Stegemann

TEAM INFORMATION

2011-12 HIGHLIGHTS: Finished with a 16-11 dual meet record ...Finished fourth in the CCIW tournament... Defeated Illinois Wesleyan 5-3 in the first round, lost to Wheaton 5-4 in the semifinals and to Carthage 6-3 in the third-place match.

2011-12 LETTERWINNERS LOST/RETURNING: One/Seven.

2011-12 STARTERS LOST: (1)

Adam DeSimone (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa)... One-time 1st team and three-time 2nd team All-CCIW...Three-time team MVP ...Second all-time at Augustana with 136 wins...Shares school record with 73 career doubles wins... Second in school history with 63 career singles wins... 2012: Voted Viking's Co-Most Valuable Player and Hardest Worker... 15-16 record at number one singles...16-13 record with Andy Wall at number one doubles... First team All-CCIW... Academic All-Conference...2011: Vikings' Most Inspirational Player... 12-17 singles record playing mostly at number one...14-16 doubles record playing mostly with Andy Wall at number one...2010: Vikings' No. 1 singles player...Finished 15-20 in singles... Teamed with Chris Mullin for a school record-tying 19 wins (19-14) at No. 1 doubles... Overall record of 36-34...2009: 21-8 mark in singles, playing mostly No. 3 for the Blue & Gold ...CCIW No. 3 singles champion ...selected as "Newcomer of the Year"...recorded 19-11 mark at No. 1 doubles with Chris Mullin...overall record of 43-19.

2011-12 STARTERS RETURNING: (5)

Colin Arnold (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.), Junior...2012: CCIW flight champion at number five singles and with Jack Cullen at number three doubles...20-9 singles record, mostly at number four and five...21-8 doubles record, including 18-6 with Cullen...Academic All-Conference... 2011: CCIW champion number three doubles with Jack Cullen...Led team with 17 singles and 20 doubles wins...17-6 singles record playing mostly at number six...20-8 doubles record playing mostly with Cullen at number three...Vikings' Most Improved Player.

Kevin Bayles (Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor, Ill.), Junior...2012: Vikings' Co-Most Valuable Player...21-7 singles record playing mostly at number five and six...Tied for second-most singles wins in school history...8-0 record in doubles play...2011: 6-4 singles record and 5-4 doubles mark.

 Jack Cullen (Edgewood HS, Madison, Wis.), Senior...2012: 11-14 singles record at numbers four and five...19-8 mark in doubles play, including 18-6 with Colin Arnold...Teamed with Arnold for CCIW flight championship at number three doubles...Academic All-Conference... 2011: CCIW champion at number five singles and number three doubles with Colin Arnold... 2010: Named Viking Newcomer of the Year...School record 23 singles wins (23-10) playing anywhere from No. 3 to 6...Perfect 5-0 playing at No. 3 & 4...Overall record of 34-23.

Lawrence Palmer (Schiller International School, El Prat de Llobregat, Spain), Sophomore...2012: 2nd team All-CCIW...9-11 singles mark playing mostly at number two...Went 12-10 with brother William at number two doubles...12-11 overall doubles mark.

William Palmer (Schiller International School, Leicester,  England), Senior...2012: Posted 18-13 doubles record, including 12-10 mark with brother Lawrence at number two...0-1 singles record... 2011: Went 4-3 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles matches... 2010: 6-16 singles record playing mostly at number two...6-5 record in doubles competition.

Andy Wall (Notre Dame Academy, De Pere, Wis.), Junior...2012: 17-13 singles record playing at numbers two and three...Teamed with Adam DeSimone for 16-13 mark at number one doubles...2011: Vikings' Newcomer of the Year...CCIW champion at number four singles...16-13 singles record playing mostly at number four...14-16 doubles record playing mostly with Adam DeSimone at number one.

2011-12 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

CCIW Finish: 4th place at conference tournament
CCIW All-Conference: Adam DeSimone (1st team); Lawrence Palmer (2nd team)
Single Season Singles Wins: 21, Kevin Bayles (2nd-T); 20, Colin Arnold (4th-T)

Career Singles Wins: 63, Adam DeSimone (2nd)

Career Singles Win Percentage: .712, Colin Arnold (9th); .711, Kevin Bayles (10th)

Single Season Doubles Wins (Team): 18, Colin Arnold/Jack Cullen (5th-T); 16, Adam DeSimone/Andy Wall (10th-T)

Career Doubles Wins (Team): 32, Colin Arnold/Jack Cullen (8th)
Career Doubles Wins (Individual): 73, Adam DeSimone (1st-T)

Career Doubles Winning Percentage (Team): .727, Colin Arnold/Jack Cullen (5th)
100 Win Club: 136, Adam DeSimone (2nd)
CCIW "Player of the Week": Adam DeSimone (03/07/12)
John R. Olson "Most Valuable Player": Adam DeSimone; Kevin Bayles
Hardest Worker: Adam DeSimone
CCIW Individual Flight Champions: Colin Arnold (No. 5 singles); Jack Cullen/Colin Arnold (No. 3 doubles)

CCIW Academic All-Conference: Colin Arnold, Jack Cullen, Adam DeSimone, Grant Wick