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Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Team
Head Coach: Jerry Hendrick (23rd year)

Assistant Coaches: Steve Rose (6th year),

Kyle Masteller (1st year)

Team Manager: Mark Lemire (4th year)
2013-14 Record: 25-5, 4-0 WHAC
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Season Outlook
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Team Statistics: 2013-14
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2013-14 Schedule & Results


Thurs. - Sat.,

Sept. 12-14

USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Tournament Grand Rapids, Mich. Results
Sat., Sept. 21 vs. Lake Superior State @ Gainey Grand Rapids, Mich. W 8-1

Thurs. - Sat.,

Oct. 12-14

ITA Nationals Fort Myers, Fla. Results
Sat., Feb. 8 vs. Kalamazoo @ Riverview Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-0
Fri., Feb. 14 West Michigan Indoor Doubles Holland, Mich. Results
Sat., Feb. 22 vs. Calumet St. Joseph @ Riverview Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-0
Fri., Feb. 28 vs. Ferris State @ Riverview Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-4
Sat., March 1 @ Hope Holland, Mich. W 9-0
Sun., March 9 vs. St. Francis (Ind.) Orlando, Fla. W 9-0
Mon., March 10 vs. St. Ambrose Orlando, Fla. W 9-0
Mon., March 10 vs. Palm Beach Atlantic Orlando, Fla. W 5-4
Tues., March 11 vs. St. Cloud State Orlando, Fla. W 9-0
Wed., March 12 vs. Monmouth Orlando, Fla. W 8-1
Wed., March 12 vs. Penn St. - Berks Orlando, Fla. W 9-0
Fri., March 14 vs. Wesleyan University Orlando, Fla. L 4-5
Wed., March 19 vs. Grand Valley State @ Riverview Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-4
Fri., March 21 vs. St. Francis (Ill.) @ Riverview Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-0
Sat., March 22 vs. Cardinal Stritch @ East Hills Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-0
Wed., March 26 vs. Lake Erie College @ Riverview Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-0
Fri., March 28 @ Western Michigan Kalamazoo, Mich. L 1-6
Sat., March 29 vs. Grace Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-0
Fri., April 4 @ Toledo Toledo, Ohio L 2-5
Sat., April 5 @ Northwestern Ohio* Lima, Ohio W 5-4
Wed., April 9 vs. Davenport* @ Riverview Grand Rapids, Mich. W 8-1
Sat., April 12 @ Indiana Wesleyan Marion, Ind. W 7-2
Sat., April 12 vs. Taylor @ Indiana Wesleyan Marion, Ind. W 9-0
Wed., April 16 @ Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-0
Wed., April 23 vs. Indiana Tech* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 6-3

Fri., April 25

NAIA Regional Quarterfinal

vs. St. Ambrose @ South Christian Sports Park

Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-0
Sat., April 26

NAIA Regional Semifinal

vs. Indiana Tech @ Farmers

Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-0
Sat., April 26

NAIA Regional Final

vs. Northwestern Ohio

Grand Rapids, Mich. L 2-5


Tues., May 13


NAIA National Championships

vs. Webber International

Mobile, Ala. W 6-3
Wed., May 14

NAIA National Championships

vs. Auburn Montgomery

Mobile, Ala. L 1-5


Photos Name Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
Brendan Petz Nik Artaev Sr. St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph
Aaron Hendrick Aaron Hendrick Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
Francisco Huber Francisco Huber Sr. Buenos Aires, Argentina/
Brendan Petz Brendan Petz Sr. Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South
Peter Tratt Peter Tratt Sr. Dewitt, Mich./Dewitt/Hanover
Frankie Fischer Frankie Fischer So. Austin, Texas/Home School
Kristoff Saari Kristoff Saari So. Rochester, Mich./Rochester Adams
Andy Struble Andy Struble So. Holt, Mich./Okemos
Photo Not Available Fisher Sutherland Fr. Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central
Photo Not Available Gunnar Peery Fr. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan/Brother Rice


Coach Hendrick

Jerry Hendrick Head Coach -- Head Coach Jerry Hendrick begins his 23rd season as the men's tennis coach at Aquinas College. Coach Hendrick is a 1986 graduate of Spring Arbor University where he was a four-year letter winner. While at Spring Arbor, Hendrick served as captain and played first singles and doubles. Coach Hendrick received a master's degree in social work from Grand Valley State University in 1991 and is currently working as an Adult Foster Care Licensing Area Manager for the State of Michigan.


During his tenure, Coach Hendrick has been named the Wolverine-Hoosier Conference coach of the year numerous times. His teams have won twelve NAIA Great Lakes Regional titles and have qualified for the NAIA National Championship tournament 14 times. Coach Hendrick has compiled 409 wins and 126 losses in dual matches against top-level competition over the past 22 seasons for a .764 winning percentage.


Coach Hendrick has also served as the President of the NAIA Tennis Coaches Association (three terms), and has been the National Chairperson of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Ranking Committee (four terms). Prior to arriving at Aquinas, Hendrick coached at Jackson Lumen Christi High School for two seasons where he led both teams to the high school state championship tournament. Numerous Aquinas players have compiled 100-wins during their career at Aquinas under Hendrick’s coaching. This list includes Doug Dooley, Eric Vangessel, Scott David, Steve Greene, David Acevedo, Justin Crain, Kurt Brummel, Tom Huizing, Jason Winegar, Nate Price, Jason Walsh, Matt Garner, Jared Flick, Mike Rose, Patrick Grashorn, Patrick Bruining, Jason Beydoun, Jordan O'Neill, Tuan-Anh Tran, Dan Doerrfeld, John Telfer, Travis Wolf, Kyle Masteller, Aaron Hendrick and Nik Artaev. Coach Hendrick resides in Grand Rapids with his wife, Beth, of 26 years and their three children: Ashley (23), Aaron (21) and Austin (17).


Steve Rose Assistant Coach -- Steve Rose begins his sixth year on staff as Assistant Tennis Coach. He has extensive experience in coaching a variety of sports including coaching tennis at the Jr. Varsity and Varsity level for Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids Michigan. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the West Michigan Tennis Association and has been a USTA Travel Team player for over 15 years. Steve considers it a privilege to be a part of the Aquinas tradition of tennis excellence at the small college level and is looking forward to contributing to the team's continued success.


He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Central Michigan University and his MBA from the University of Michigan. Steve is also a Certified Public Accountant and is owner and president of CertaPro Painters, West Michigan.


Steve is married to Patricia and they are proud to have a son, Michael who is a recent Aquinas graduate. Mike was an All-American and National Senior Player of the Year while competing for the Saints.

Kyle Masteller

Kyle Masteller Assistant Coach -- After completing a stellar career in 2013 as a Saints player, Masteller will remain involved with the team in 2013-14 as an assistant coach. As a player, Masteller won over 100 matches and was a four-year starter in both singles and doubles. His successes as a player will make him a valuable asset to the members of the current squad as he shares the lessons he has learned with those who are following in his footsteps.


Season Outlook

The Saints graduated two players from last year's conference and regional championship squad that finished the season with a 25-5 record and a school record #8 National ranking in the final poll. Kyle Masteller had been a four-year starter for the Saints and played an instrumental role in the team’s successes. Kyle will be severely missed this year as the team looks to fill the void left by a hardworking and talented player. Michael Sendor also graduated after contributing as a member of the team for four years. Michael’s leadership and experience will also be missed by his teammates and coaches.


This year’s team will be led by senior Aaron Hendrick, who was honored after both his sophomore and junior seasons as a First Team All-American. Hendrick finished last season ranked among the top 20 players in the nation in singles and with partner Nik Artaev was ranked among the top 15 doubles teams nationally. Senior Nik Artaev also returns after having another exceptional year playing #2 singles. Artaev spent the first semester of his junior year studying in Spain, but quickly made up for lost time and had another stellar season in both singles and doubles. Also returning for their senior seasons are Brendan Petz, Fran Huber and Peter Tratt. Brendan was a reliable performer last season in singles and won nearly every match he participated in. Fran continued his progress on the hard courts and made on-going improvements in consistency. Peter Tratt returns to the courts after spending last spring in an internship. Peter had played #6 singles and #3 doubles in 2012 before missing last season but will be expected to compete once again for a spot at the bottom of the line-up. Kristoff Saari will begin his sophomore year after having an incredible freshman season. Saari began his freshman year reaching the semi-finals of the ITA Regional Championship and remained a top-level player all year. After a summer of heavy competition Saari will be expected to play an even bigger role on this year’s team and should remain in the top half of the line-up. Frankie Fischer and Andy Struble round out the list of returning players from last year’s squad. Both Fischer and Struble were starters in singles and doubles last year and both experienced considerable success in their rookie seasons.


Coach Hendrick is very excited about the newcomers to this year’s team. This includes Gunnar Peery and Fisher Sutherland. Peery comes to Aquinas from Brother Rice High School where he was a D-1 All-State performer at #1 singles. Peery is a 2-Star recruit and has been an active and successful competitor in the tough USTA SEMTA District. Sutherland has been a 3-Star recruit and comes to Aquinas from Traverse City Central High School in Northen Michigan. Sutherland had an impressive career playing #1 singles all four years and was honored as a D-2 All-State player in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.


Overall expectations at Aquinas remain very high for another especially successful year of tennis. The 2013/14 team hopes to improve on their record-setting top 10 ranking from last season and should be a favorite to win their conference and region championships. As always, the team’s top goal is to qualify for the National Championship tournament to be played in Mobile, Alabama in May. Despite a very strong schedule the Saints are looking forward to a challenging, yet successful 2014.