More than 50 current and former student-athletes eligible to participate in commencement exercises
ECU finishes the season with an overall record of 16-6
Pirates advance to face top-seeded Tulsa Friday in the quarterfinals
ECU knocks off two ranked opponents in 5-2 loss
Fall 2011: Posted a 5-4 individual record ... Captured the Flight A1 Consolation title at the Elon Invitational ... Teamed with Mario Martinez to win Doubles Flight C at the ECU Fall Shootout. 2010-11: Compiled a 17-9 singles record, including a 15-6 mark during dual match competition ... Won 10 of 11 matches at the No. 5 position and recorded a 5-5 mark at No. 4 ... Tallied a 3-1 mark against Conference USA competitors ... Longest winning streak of the season was seven matches ... Posted a 2-3 record during tournament play ... Won two of three matches at the ECU Shootout ... Paired with Massimo Mannino to go 3-0 in double competition. High School/Junior Tennis: Earned team MVP honors as a freshman and senior team captain for coach Mike Kayhol at Raleigh Charter High School ... Did play at the prep level for the Phoenix as a sophomore and junior ... Earned billing as a four-star recruit ... Reached as high as first in the state rankings and stood No. 44 in the Southeast Region ... Included on the Prince Boys' Hot 100 (89th) list, a ranking compiled by Prince Sports, Inc. ... Captured the North Carolina Closed State title in the 16's Division to earn top standing in North Carolina ... Also placed in the top five in three of the past four Tar Heel Qualifiers. Personal: Full name is John Austin Schmitt ... Nickname is JAS (pronounced Jazz) ... Born October 2, 1990 at Raleigh, N.C. ... Son of John and Debbie Schmitt ... A business major with a minor in management ... Lists music, video games and spending time with friends as hobbies of choice.
Coach Heinchon on John Schmitt: "John has been a vocal leader for us since his freshman year. He brings a lot of energy to anything we do and all of the guys feed off of it. John has really improved his return in doubles and that has helped his singles. Those improves will see him move up in the lineup and really be a tough opponent for whoever we are facing."