May 31, 2004
Awards and Honors
Freshman Matt Seeberger
wins Division III singles title
|Matt Seeberger posing with his singles title trophy.
Photo: Aaron Todd, Bates College
Freshman Matt Seeberger won the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis singles
title at Bates College on May 17. Seeberger, who was named the National
ITA Rookie of the Year, ended the season with a 33-3 record, winning
his last 25 straight matches.
Seeberger, the tournament's fourth seed, defeated John Michael Cham-A-Koon
of Claremont Mudd-Scripps 6-1, 6-4 in the championship match. He broke
Cham-A-Koon's serve twice early on to build a 3-0 lead before coasting
to a win in the first set, then battled back from a 3-0 deficit to prevail
in the second set.
The Slugs, coached by Bob Hansen, finished the year with a 26-6 record
and reached the Final Four for the 16th time in the past 18 seasons.
They defeated Mary Washington College in the third round of the
NCAA Team National Championship and faced Williams College for the right
to play in the title match. The Slugs went down 4-3 to Williams
for the fourth straight year.
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