April 28, 2008

PROVIDENCE, RI - University of Massachusetts Boston men's tennis player Jovan Jordan-Whitter (Hamilton, Bermuda) has been named Little East Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week for his performance during the week of April 21-27, it was announced today. Jordan-Whitter earns the award for the third time this season after winning the honor for the weeks of March 17-23 and March 31 to April 6 as well.

Jordan-Whitter became just the third player in school history to win the Little East Conference Flight One Singles championship and the first since 2004 this past week in Bridgewater, MA. The junior was the number one seed in the tournament and defeated Bridgewater State College's Matt Charest, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals, before cruising to the league crown with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Josh Warren from University of Southern Maine to become the Beacons' first Flight One LEC Singles champion since Quazi Sadruzzaman. Jordan-Whitter also defeated Lorne Teeter earlier in the week at first singles, 6-2, 6-4, to help UMass Boston to a 6-3 dual-match victory at Rhode Island College on April 21 and combined with junior Paul Braude (West Yarmouth, MA) to win over RIC's flight one doubles duo of Eric Boffa and Tom Lapierre, 8-3. Jordan-Whitter and Braude teamed as the number three seed in the LEC tournament in the flight one doubles bracket and defeated Boffa and Lapierre again in the quarterfinals, 8-2, to advance to the semifinals where they upset the second-seeded tandem of Wayne Tentler and Matt Fogel from Western Connecticut State University, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. The UMB pair fell in the championship match to top-seeded Warren and Derek Stevenson of Southern Maine, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

For the season, Jordan-Whitter is ranked 25th in the Northeast Region in singles play by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and was 14-2 in singles action, including winning three matches in the Eastern Nazarene Invitational to earn the tournament title on October 13 in Quincy, MA. The junior also won a singles match in the round of 64 at the ITA New England Championships with a 6-3, 6-4 straight set victory over Colby College's Alex Chin on September 28 in Williamstown, MA. Jordan-Whitter had won seven straight doubles matches before falling in the LEC championship final and finished with an 8-5 mark to give him a combined record of 22-7 for the year, having won 20 of his last 22 singles and doubles matches combined.

UMass Boston finished the season with a 5-7 overall record, including 3-3 in Little East Conference play and placed third as a team with 12 points in the LEC Championship for its best showing since a third-place finish in 2003.