Spring Senior Spotlight: Men's Tennis

Spring Senior Spotlight: Men's Tennis

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's tennis team graduates its two seniors who have dedicated time and contributed to the development and uprising of the program over the years. 

"Our two seniors have been a tremendous help to our program," said head coach Tom Snelson. "KK and Ben have been a pleasure to have on the team. They are both good players along with being good people. They have helped our team become the best team in program history their senior year. We will miss both of them as players and as men. We had a great time together."

Before the unexpected end of the season, the Knights held on to an impressive 7-3 overall record with both seniors providing key victories to the team's success. Pairing with Southern Virginia's overall record, the Knights had strong outings at The College of New Jersey Invitational and ITA Regionals while having one of their more dominant performances at the Marlin Invitational. 

Southern Virginia Men's Tennis Seniors

Ben Spencer finished his dominant senior season going 7-3 in singles, and 14-2 in doubles bringing his career records to 34-12 in single matches, and 42-11 in doubles matches. During the 2017-2018 season, Spencer became the first player in program history to be named an All-CAC member after earning a selection to the All-CAC Second Team following an authoritative 15-5 season. After graduation, the Springville, Utah native plans to go to chiropractic school after graduating with a degree in psychology. 

Kukutla Motlojoa joined the team in 2018 after transferring from the New Mexico Military Institute. The Maseru, Lesotho native is currently pursuing a degree in business management and has since been a valuable component to the program's success. Motlojoa finished his season 11-4 in singles from the No. 2 position and 13-3 in doubles from the No. 1 position while bringing his career statistics to 21-6 in single matches and 29-6 in double matches. His performance, along with partner Daniel Blonquist, earned the duo a No. 9 national ranking, marking the second consecutive year the team has received a national ranking.

In his 2018-2019 campaign, Motlojoa and Blonquist became the program's first regionally and nationally ranked doubles team at No. 6 and No. 22 respectively while becoming the first duo to be alternates for the NCAA National Doubles Championships. Motlojoa's achievements credited him with a selection to the VaSID All-State First Team in doubles, All-CAC First Team at No. 1 doubles, All-CAC Second Team at No. 2 singles while being named CAC Player of the Week twice.