INDIANAPOLIS (May 10, 2018) – Southern Athletic Association (SAA) men's tennis student-athletes Alex Centurion and Davis Plummer of Millsaps, along with Jack Gray of Sewanee, have all qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles/Doubles Championships.
Centurion and Plummer become the first Major men's tennis qualifiers since the mid-1980s.
The Major pair compiled a 16-2 overall record as the number one doubles' combination for Millsaps. In the Oracle/ITA Division III Men's Collegiate Tennis Rankings, Centurion and Plummer held the number one spot in the Atlantic South Region for the majority season. The pair is currently ranked second in the most recent poll.
Their sixteen wins have included huge regional victories over teams from Emory and Sewanee. They also beat Anthony Pellegrini and Jacob Weinacker from Birmingham Southern 9-7 back on March 25th to split the season matchup. On March 9th the Majors dropped a match to Emory University when they were the number one team in the country. Despite the team loss, Centurion and Plummer were able to pick up a point with an 8-5 win in their match.
Their strength of schedule was also helped with wins over nationally ranked programs in Southwestern, Kenyon College and Texas-Tyler.
Their lone regular-season loss came at the hands of Justin Cerny and David Reed from Christopher Newport, who are currently ranked sixth in the region. They also dropped a postseason match in the SAA Tournament to Weinacker and Pellegrini who are now ranked seventh regionally.
Gray, the 2018 SAA Player of the Year, earned his bid after going 12-5 overall. Gray was 11-4 at the No. 1 flight. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native earned four wins against nationally-ranked opponents and eight against regionally-ranked opponents to earn a No. 3 ranking in the Atlantic South, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The two-time All-SAA First Team member helped lead Sewanee to its sixth consecutive SAA Regular Season and Tournament Championship.
He appeared with Eric Roddy (C'16) in the 2016 NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles Championships, as the team went 27-5.
The draw for the individual championship will be done by the men's tennis committee and will be released on the last day of the team championship, Wednesday, May 23.
For the individual championships, the national committee has selected seven singles players and three doubles teams from each of the four regions. Additionally, the committee selected the remaining four singles players and four doubles team berths from a national at-large pool. The individual championships shall consist of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The selection of teams and individuals for the championships is based on win-lost record, strength of schedule, and eligibility and availability of student-athletes.
The team championship will take place May 21-23, and the individual championships May 24- 26, both at Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif., and will be hosted by the Claremont McKenna- Harvey- Mudd-Scripps Colleges.
The draw for the championship will be done by the men's tennis committee and will be released on May 23rd.