Clarksville, Ark.-Four University of the Ozarks men?s tennis players earned recognition from the American Southwest Conference, it was announced Friday by ASC Media Relations Director Greg Weghorst.
Bishop Bass was named the ASC East Division tri-Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the ASC All-East Division Second Team as a No. 2 singles player. Bass and Todd Turner received Honorable Mention All-Conference honors in No. 1 doubles. Scott Eibes earned Honorable Mention All-Conference at No. 5 singles. Eibes and Michael Skimbo also garnered Honorable Mention All-Conference honors in No. 3 doubles.
“Earning All-Conference honors is a testament to the work these guys have put in all season,” said Head Coach Shaun Wiseman. “I’m happy for them and we look forward to building upon it in the future.”
Bass, a native of Greenwood, Ark., produced a spectacular freshman season by posting the most wins (11) at No. 2 singles in the ASC. Bass finished the spring season with a 12-3 singles mark and a 11-4 doubles record. Bass and Turner compiled the third-most wins (11) in No. 1 doubles among ASC schools. Bass finished 4-2 in both singles and doubles play against ASC opponents. Bass started the season 5-0 before suffering his first singles defeat and posted impressive wins against Mississippi College and Centenary College during the 2012 season. He was ASC Player of the Week in February after fueling team wins over state rival Hendrix College and John Brown University at the Hendrix College Invitational.
Turner, a freshman from Pearcy, Ark., was equally impressive in his first collegiate season. Turner played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles the entire 2012 spring season for the Eagles. He finished with a 9-5 singles mark, including a 3-3 record against ASC opponents, and a 11-4 doubles record. He was 4-2 in ASC doubles play. His nine No. 1 singles wins ranked among the top-5 in the ASC. Turner opened the year with a 5-0 singles record and then ended the season with three straight wins.
Eibes, a sophomore from Burlington, Iowa, had the third-most singles wins (7) at the No. 5 position among ASC players. Eibes ended the year with a 3-3 singles record in ASC action and a 9-5 overall record. In doubles play, he finished 9-6 overall and 3-3 within the conference. Eibes finished the season winning four straight singles and doubles matches.
Skimbo, a sophomore from Claremore, Okla., owned a 6-4 doubles record, including a 2-2 mark against ASC opponents. Skimbo won six matches at No. 4 singles in 2012.
Ozarks posted its first ten-win season in more than a decade and the Eagles just missed qualifying for the playoffs under Wiseman.