The men of the Suffolk University tennis team have shown that they are an unstoppable force in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). After winning their fourth championship in a row, the Rams have made it clear that they are Suffolk’s most successful team sport.
The Rams defeated their Boston rivals, Emerson College, 7-2, the same final match score as their first game of the season against Emerson. Suffolk’s victory capped off a 13-1 record at the end of April, winning them a well-deserved title. The Ram’s only loss was against Babson on the road, as Suffolk stayed undefeated at home (10-0).
Senior Chris Staley was also a first-team All-Conference selection in singles play, as he recorded an 8-2 overall mark and was a perfect 7-0 from the second singles position for Suffolk. Staley finishes a career in which he won a total of 68 matches for Suffolk between singles and doubles play. His 39 doubles victories are the most by a Suffolk player in the last ten years. He was named Tournament MVP for 2012 as he went 4-0 in the two game tournament for Suffolk. Staley was selected for first-team All-Conference, along with Albert Buruga, Aaron Lau, and freshmen Marc Winkler. Staley and Winkler were Suffolk’s top doubles team in 2012 as they earned first team All-Conference honors for pairs. They finished with a 6-2 mark on the season.
Buruga was Suffolk’s best singles player of the season as he finished the year with a team-high 9-1 record, including a 6-0 record in the GNAC tournament. Buruga did not allow a single opponent to score during the tournament. He finishes a two-year career with the Rams posting a 13-1 combined record in singles play while with Suffolk.
Harlan Strader made second-team All-Conference, and also finished his year with a 7-1 record. The Rams won as a team with players like Vassili Stroganov, Drew Reilly, Dan Kelly, and freshmen Ryan Chevalier.
Steve Counihan is the coach for both the men’s tennis team and the women’s tennis team, who went 4-7 this season. Counihan’s leadership and confidence helped Suffolk get that fourth title with ease.
The past four seasons, the Suffolk University Rams have only lost five games in the regular season. The Rams have sealed the conference, and in doing so they have proved that no one in the conference can match them. This team has done so much as a group of students, working hard to continue to be the best as their success continues.