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In only three seasons, Wallace State’s men’s tennis team is a force in the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) and rising on the national level.
Under head coach Tony Franklin and assistant coach Tim Garner, Wallace State’s men’s tennis cruised to the 2019 ACCC championship, winning the program’s second conference title in three seasons. The Lions went undefeated in regular-season match play against conference foes and finished 11th overall in the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.
Wallace State swept through conference match play during the regular season and also swept its opponents at the conference tournament. At the ACCC tournament, Sebastian Arce, Ethan Aycock Andrew Bizilia, Nick Hester, William Brackin and Zachary Mastin each earned singles wins.
Arce was named the 2019 ACCC Player of the Year after losing only one match all season (a non-conference one).
At the NJCAA Division I Championship in Tucson, Ariz., the Lions made noise as well, finishing 10th in the nation. They made a 15-spot improvement at nationals after placing 25th in 2018.
At nationals, Bizilia advanced to the quarterfinals in singles, and Aycock, Hester, Brackin and Mastin each won their first-round matches.
In doubles, Aycock and Hester advanced to the quarterfinal round.
Bizilia and Hester were the lone sophomores on the 2018-19 team.
Garner served as the team’s assistant for a third straight season and was named the 2019 ACCC Coach of the Year.
Wallace State’s men’s tennis program was reintroduced to the athletics slate in August 2016.
Before the Wallace State tennis programs were discontinued in 2004, they accounted for four of the seven NJCAA national titles earned by Wallace State athletics and won multiple conference championships. The men’s program won NJCAA Division II titles in 1995 and 1996 and the women in 1995 and 1999.
Franklin has been around the game his entire life. He played tennis at Sulligent High School and played collegiately at the former Brewer State College (now Bevill State) in Fayette and Huntingdon College in Montgomery. He earned his master’s degree at Auburn University – Montgomery.
Before inheriting the Wallace State post, Franklin was as tennis coach at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, where he coached both the boys’ and girls’ programs throughout his career.
For more information, contact:
Tony Franklin, Wallace State’s Men’s Tennis Coach
Phone: 256.352.7836 or 256.496.2148