The 2012 Hampden-Sydney tennis team boasted a 5-8 overall record while going 4-5 in ODAC competition, but the Tigers played a very difficult non-conference schedule that featured numerous ranked teams and the ODAC was arguably the most competitive it has ever been from top to bottom.
H-SC was in the midst of a rebuilding year as the Tigers had to replace the four of the five winningest players in school history, one of which was the 2011 ODAC Player of the Year. Hampden-Sydney still found success both as a team and individually as well as showing some bright spots for the future. H-SC posted wins over Randolph (9-0), Roanoke (8-1), Virginia Wesleyan (8-1), Lynchburg (9-0), and Ferrum (9-0). Senior Ryan Davis (Roanoke, VA / Cave Spring) earned Third-Team All-ODAC and #4 singles and #3 doubles. Kevin Calhoun (Richmond, VA / Mills Godwin) and Ian Sammler (Petersburg, VA / Prince George) earned Third-Team All-ODAC at #1 doubles, and Franklin Bowers (New Bern, NC / Arendell Parrott Academy) also was a Third-Team honoree at #3 doubles.
Calhoun closes out his collegiate tennis career as one of the top players ever at Hampden-Sydney. He earned All-ODAC honors seven times, earning First-Team on three occasions. He is third in H-SC history for overall wins at 88, fifth in overall singles wins with 40, and is third in overall doubles wins with 46.
Sammler also had a decorate career. He is a two-time All-ODACer, 10th at H-SC in overall wins (39) and doubles wins (20). Davis stepped into the starting lineup as a senior and responded in kind with a team-high seven singles wins and a team second-best six doubles wins. Davis also rounds out his career 15th in overall wins with 23. Barrett Polan (Greenwich, CT / Greenwich) was the fourth and final senior and he concludes his three-year tennis career with 10 total wins, five at singles and five at doubles.
Freshman Zack King (Henrico, VA / Mills Godwin) provided an immediate impact playing at #2 singles. He ended the season 6-6 overall and 5-4 in ODAC play, including a big 6-2, 6-1 win over Randolph-Macon's #2 player. Freshman Houghton Flanagan (Charlotte, NC / Myers Park) showed flashes of potential playing primarily at the #5 flight, earning four wins on the season while going 4-4 in the ODAC.
Bowers, a junior, played mostly doubles, going 6-5 overall with a 4-3 mark in the ODAC. He also had some success in singles competition, earning a 3-0 mark at the #5 seed. Junior Watt Mountcastle (Richmond, VA / Freeman) playing sparingly but stepped up towards the end of the season when the team needed him. He won two of his three singles matches and was winning a third but the match was not completed. Filling in at #1 doubles late in the season due to an injury, he helped propel the Tigers to a win at #1 doubles against Randolph-Macon's #1 doubles team that featured the ODAC Co-Player of the Year.
The Tigers will look to return back to the upper echelon in the ODAC next year with a strong recruiting class.