May 21, 2008

Dan Gal Named PSAC East Player of the Year

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Dan Gal
PSAC Player of the Year
Ryan Chow
All-PSAC Singles
Fernando Perez
All-PSAC Singles/Doubles
Dan Phillips
All-PSAC Doubles
Marty Coyne
Coach of the Year

BLOOMSBURG-- Four members of the Bloomsburg University men's tennis team have been named All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) for the 2008 season.

Named the PSAC Men's Player of the Year and All-PSAC in singles play was Dan Gal (South Park/South Park). Joining Gal as All-PSAC in singles was Ryan Chow (Toronto, Canada) and Fernando Perez (Cater Valley/Southern Lehigh). In doubles play, the teams of Gal and Perez and Chow and Dan Phillips (Colchester, England) were named All-PSAC. In addition, head coach Marty Coyne was named the Coach of the Year.

Gal, a senior, was dominant for the Huskies all season long posting a record of 18-3 singles play, all the number one position. He won 16 of his last 18 completed matches and in those 16 wins only twice did he allow an opponent to win more than three games in a set. During an 11-match win streak he had a streak of three consecutive wins by scores of 6-0, 6-0. Twice during the season he was named the PSAC Player of the Week.

Gal was also named the PSAC Player of the Year in 2007 and was the PSAC Rookie of the Year in 2005.

Chow, a sophomore, was 10-4 for Bloomsburg while seeing time at number two, three and four singles. Chow was dominant in the early going for the Huskies winning his first six matches of the year.

Perez, a freshman, was undefeated in PSAC East play. In early April Perez won three consecutive singles matches for the Huskies and later in the month was leading in three more when the matches were called due to five-point rule (first team to five wins gets the team victory).

In doubles play, the team of Gal and Perez were 11-7 on the year while playing at number one. In the post-season, the duo won both of their matches in the first two rounds of NCAA championship play.

At number two doubles, the team of Chow and Dan Phillips posted a record of 6-4 and had a stretch of three straight wins during the season.

Coyne was named the PSAC Men's Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career after leading the Huskies to a 16-6 record and the PSAC title. Overall, Coyne has posted a record of 199-107 as men's coach and is a combined 422-179 as head coach of both the men's and women's teams at Bloomsburg. The PSAC title for the Huskies was the ninth under Coyne's leadership. The Huskies also advanced to the NCAA championships for the 12th time under Coyne and reached the round of 16.