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M. Tennis: Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders


  Ht.: 5-11    Wt.: 170
  Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand
  Previous School: Shirley Boys HS
  Eligibility: Sr.  Major: Physical Education

2011-12: SAC Player of the Week (2/15)All-SAC First Team DoublesAll-SAC Second Team SinglesRanked No. 10 doubles in final ITA Southeast Region Rankings… finished season with 16-9 singles record at No. 1 position… posted 5-4 conference singles record… defeated regionally ranked No. 18 Stan Atema of Anderson in three sets… 16-9 doubles record at No. 1 doubles… 16-7 record with partner Vinicius Botelho… team qualified for SAC Tournament…

2010-11: All-SAC Second Team Singles… posted 8-10 record at No. 1 singles… finished 4-5 in conference play… teamed with Mohammed Chakir to tally a 9-10 doubles record… team qualified for SAC quarterfinals…

High School: Prepped by Mark Belcher... spent five seasons competing at the varsity level...

Personal: Son of Gary Saunders and Susan Wilson... most respected sports figure is Lance Armstrong... favorite food is nachos... cheers for the Blackcaps of the New Zealand cricket league in addition to Newberry... cites his mother as his biggest influence... patterns his style of play after Andre Agassi... greatest moment in athletic competition was winning his first ITF match...