May 7, 2012
Duquesne University seventh year men's tennis coach Rob Castille recently announced the annual team award recipients for the 2011-12 season.
Sophomore Pete Carpenter was named the team's Most Valuable Player, while freshman Rich Robbie was tabbed the team's Most Improved Player. Carpenter also received the Coach's Award which is given to the player that most exemplifies the character and values of Duquesne University and the men's tennis program and who has shown great leadership both on and off the court.
Most Valuable Player: Pete Carpenter
"Pete was our most consistent player all year in both singles and doubles while playing high up in the lineup. We could almost always count on him to get us a point in singles and he turned in an impressive 6-0 mark against conference opponents. A lot of the success we had this year was because of Pete. His game is continuing to improve and I'm confident he will be even better next year and just as valuable to this team."
Most Improved Player: Rich Robbie
"Rich had a great rookie season and he made big strides from the level of his play from the fall to the spring. From a 5-5 singles record in the fall, he went 17-3 in the spring playing mainly at the #3 spot. Rich went
5-1 against conference opponents in singles and had some big non-conference wins as well. The great thing about him is that he can improve many aspects of his game and he wants to get better and is willing to put in the work to do so. I'm looking forward to a great sophomore year from Rich."
Coach's Award: Pete Carpenter
"We have a pretty young team and I challenged Pete to step up and be a captain in only his second year. He struggled at times during the fall but I saw him start to transform in the spring into the leader I want him to be and know he can be. He definitely looks more comfortable being in a leadership role as well and it showed in his play and how the team responded to him."
"Pete has always been one to work hard on the court as well as off the court in the gym and classroom. The work ethic he shows in the gym and the preparation that goes into being an elite D1 athlete has created a great environment for this program and has already rubbed off on the rest of the team. All of this for a guy only in his second year. I'm excited to see Pete continue to grow and lead this team."