Dlugosz has been coaching tennis at Mercer for 34 years. Some
of his teams have been especially memorable for their talent and
positive outlook, and according to Dlugosz, this was one of those
With a regular
season record of 8-2, the team took the GSAC title for the first
time in five years and came in just behind Bergen Community College
in the Region 19 tournament, advancing six players to the national
tournament in Plano, TX.
the season with a 6-3 win over Ocean CC on March 31, the Vikings
continued their winning ways. Freshmen Jeremy Schmitter at no.
1 and Scott Zanon at no. 2 set the tone for the high level of
play. Accomplished singles players, they were also a formidable
doubles team, winning the doubles title at the invitational tournament
at Harford College on April 2-3. “Both men are fine players
who play an intelligent game of tennis,” Dlugosz said.
to the team’s success were no. 3 Brian Bunn, no. 4 Felipe
Faundez, no. 5 Jeff Weber, no. 6 Anthony Neuls, and no. 7 Aidan
Thornley. “Weber and Neuls were some of the Vikings’
best players ever at the no. 5 and 6 positions,” Dlugosz
noted, while Faundez, a talented soccer player, contributed as
well. For his two years on the team, Bunn received the 2005 male
At the national
tournament every player added to the point toal as the Vikings
came in sixth out of 11 teams. Schmitter and Zanon, the no. 2
seed doubles team, lost in the semi-finals. No. 3-seed Bunn and
Weber also made it to the semi-final round. Faundez and Weber
both got to the semis at no. 4 and no. 5 singles. Schmitter/Zanon
were consolation winners at second doubles, while Faundez/Neuls
won their consolation final at third doubles. Bunn made it to
the semis at no. 3 singles and won the consolation final, while
Neuls won the consolation final at no. 6.