West Windsor, N.J. – Two players can make a big difference – especially in team tennis.
Brandon Davis and Tyler Sincoskie, the no. 1 and no. 2 singles players, respectively, on Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC's) men’s tennis team, competed at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Championship hosted by Collin College in Plano, Tex., May 11-15. Their performance was solid enough to earn Mercer a seventh place finish overall out of 12 teams. Compiling 5.5 points, the Vikings ended the tournament a half-point ahead of Onondaga (NY) and three places ahead of Brookdale, which had edged Mercer for the third and final team qualifying spot at the Region 19 Championship held May 1-3.
A major Mercer highlight at nationals was the contribution of freshman Davis, who was the Backdraw Champion at no. 1 singles. Davis lost his opening singles match 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to Andrew Reiley of Suffolk (NY), which dropped him into the Backdraw. But Davis still had plenty of great tennis left in him as he went on to defeat Matt McCall of Onondaga 7-6, 6-2 and Troy Derrick of the Community College of Rhode Island 6-2, 6-2 to win the Backdraw at the top flight.
Sophomore Tyler Sincoskie won his opening match at no. 2 singles 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 over Jonathan Van Kouwenberg of Onondaga. He subsequently lost to the eventual national champion at no. 2 singles, Peter Higgins of Oxford (Ga.), 6-0, 6-0 in a quarterfinal match.
Sincoskie says winning a match at nationals meant a great deal to him. "It was awesome to be able to play at the national level and then to win a match was a great feeling. It made the season special," he said.