The All-Crossroads League Team was announced this week and the Spring Arbor University men's tennis team had three players represented on this year's squad. All seniors, Thomas Calderone, David Darling, and Aaron Mayes were selected by a vote among the league's head coaches which recognizes student athletes who have distinguished themselves in the competitive arena over the past season.
David Darling has been a main-stay on the Cougar roster since his first match as a Cougar Freshman. For Darling, it is the fourth year that he has received this recognition. This season, he has accumulated an impressive resume at the NAIA level of collegiate tennis.
In singles, Darling has not lost in dual meets with 11 wins in those matches. He also made it to the ITA Midwest Regional Quarterfinals going 3-1 in the tournament. On the doubles side, teaming with Nate Scholten, Darling is 11-3 overall giving Darling a combined win-loss record of 25-4.
Aaron Mayes, like Darling is perfect in dual matches with 11 wins against zero losses and he also made it to the ITA Midwest Regional Quarterfinals going 3-1 in the tournament. This is the third time that Mayes has been named to the All-Crossroads League Team.
Teaming with Calderone at #1 doubles, Mayes was 9-2 in dual matches and including a sixth place finish in the ITA National Tournament this past week in Mobile, AL, the dynamic duo completed the fall season with a 15-4 mark against some of the best small college doubles teams in the country. Mayes leads the Cougars in combined wins for the fall with an overall record of 29-5.
Calderone, an NCAA Div. I transfer from Western Michigan University before his junior year, has earned his second All-Crossroads League honor. In dual matches this fall, Calderone lost only once at the #1 singles position and posted nine wins for a 9-1 mark. At the ITA's last month Calderone was 4-1 making it to the Semi-Finals.
Calderone's overall record this fall was 28-6.
As mentioned above, Calderone and Mayes have been a formidable team at 15-4, capturing the ITA Midwest Regional Championship last month, and a sixth place finish at the ITA Small College National Tournament.
"This is a well-deserved honor for all of these players," said Head Coach, Terry Darling. "They demonstrated their mastery in the league in both singles and doubles and this is a fitting tribute to these talented seniors."