BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's tennis team had many record setting performances this season while accomplishing an impressive 14-10 overall record. Our four graduating senior captains, Greg Olesnycky, Jordan Kuchta, Connor Pietrak and Alex Castro, contributed successfully in singles and doubles throughout their careers while leading the Greyhounds to 46 team wins, 3rd highest during coach Rick McClure's era starting in 1979 and only three victories behind the 1999-2003 and 2000-2004 teams with 49.
Kuchta, was voted the team Most Dedicated Player award along with winning and sharing the leadership award with Olesnycky at the athletic banquet, worked hard to move up to the top spot in our singles line-up for his final campaign. His 12 wins, versus talented opponents, increased his career total to 48, which is 7th most on Loyola's singles list.
Freshman CJ Cash teamed with Kuchta in doubles as they made their mark in the record books. They set the most doubles wins in a season with all partners with 25 breaking the old record held by Bobby Gorczakowski and Connor Pietrak of 22 in 2012-13. They also tied the most doubles wins in a season with same partner with 22 sharing the top spot with Gorczakowski and Pietrak set in 2012-13. Kuchta established the most career doubles wins at 72 breaking the old mark of 65 held by Gorczakowski 2009-13. Kuchta and three year doubles partner Olesnycky set the most career doubles wins with the same partner with 42 triumphs passing Nick Bowers and Dan Schiemel's record of 38 from 2001-04.
Pietrak had the 2nd most singles wins this season with an impressive total of 20, which is the 3rd most all-time at Loyola. His 58 career singles victories places him 3rd all-time as his 54 career doubles wins puts him 5th on the all-time list. The Gorczakowski/Pietrak doubles team in 2012-13 set the all-time record with the most doubles wins in a season with the same partner with 22 wins as they are 2nd all-time with the most double wins in a season with all partners at 22. Pietrak was voted team MVP for his sophomore and junior year and earned his place on the Patriot League All Academic Team for the 3rd consecutive year with a 3.749 GPA.
Sophomore Brett Shriver had a successful second year for the Greyhounds as he contributed double figure victories in singles (11) and doubles (15). He won 3 out of 4 singles matches at the first annual Loyola Invitational in the fall season and had an outstanding weekend at the Navy Invitational with 3 victories vs. Duquesne, St. Joe's and Navy. Shriver teamed with classmate Jones and competed extremely well versus quality opponents at number 1 with 15 victories which places them in 5th place all-time with the most doubles wins in a season with the same partner.
Freshman CJ Cash made an immediate positive impact in his first year as a Greyhound with double figure wins in singles (14) and doubles (25). He started strong with 4 singles wins and 3 doubles victories with partner Matt Bejian at the Villanova Invitational in the fall season. Teamed with Kuchta at number 3 doubles to set and tie a doubles record with 22 wins together tying the all-time record with the same partner in a season set by Gorczakowsi and Pietrak in 2012-13. Cash also set the all-time doubles record with a total of 25 wins in a season with all partners.
Loyola's men's tennis team will be hard pressed to replace one of the most productive classes ever in the classroom and on the court as they made an outstanding impression on the record book and on their teammates as role models for being scholar athletes. They will be missed but always remembered.