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 Stephen Whitwell
Stephen Whitwell

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Little Rock, Ark.

High School:
Lutheran

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 185


Fall 2009: Did not experience action because of injury. 2008-09: Topped all players with 19 singles wins during junior campaign while playing in the top half of the Pirates' lineup ... In addition to a flawless 11-0 mark at the No. 2 position, also turned in a 5-3 result at No. 1 and a 3-1 ledger at No. 3 to compile an overall record of 19-4 during dual match competition ... Won two of three regular season Conference USA battles, defeating UAB's Alex Emery (7-6, 6-3) and Southern Miss' Andrew Poole (6-1, 7-6) ... Also dismissed Poole by the identical score during the C-USA Championship Tournament to account for one of ECU's two points during a 4-2 setback ... Ran off 11-straight singles victories (and 16 of 17) after dropping season opener ... Teamed with Bryan Oakley to produce the squad's top doubles record (15-3), playing mostly at the No. 3 slot (14-3) ... After opening campaign with a 1-2 mark, the pair finished the season winning 14 of their last 15 matchups ... Posted the program's top singles record (6-1) for second consecutive year during fall tourney action ... Swept opponents (4-0) at the UNC Wilmington Invitational to capture flight title ... Teamed with Oakley for a 1-2 doubles mark. 2007-08: Enjoyed successful sophomore campaign, registering an overall singles record of 21-6 and a doubles mark of 15-7 ... Turned in team's top singles winning percentage in spring dual match play, cruising to a 15-5 ledger ... Played five of six positions but primarily was utilized in the bottom of the Pirates' lineup at No. 5 and No. 6 (combined 10-1 record) ... Was 0-1 at No. 1, 3-3 at No. 3, 2-0 at No. 4, 4-1 at No. 5 and 6-0 at No. 6 ... Won two of three Conference USA regular season matchups - UAB's Thomas Petrich (6-1, 6-1) and UCF's Danny Colon (6-1, 6-2) ... After opening spring campaign with a pair of losses, rebounded to win five straight and 15 of the next 16 ... Involved in only two three-set matches all season (1-1) ... Enjoyed 6-0 or 6-1 set victories on 17 occasions ... Along with Oakley, served as team's No. 3 doubles tandem ... Duo rolled to a 14-4 record, which included stretch of 13 triumphs in 14 matches from Feb. 7 to April 6 ... Also paired with Matt Peeler on one occasion (0-1) in season-opening weekend vs. James Madison ... Contributed a 6-1 singles mark and a 1-2 doubles (Peeler) record during the fall. 2006-07: Turned in the Pirates' highest singles win total (13-7) during his initial dual match campaign ... Booked winning or .500 records in all positions played - 6-4 at No. 3, 2-0 at No. 4, 1-1 at No. 5 and 4-2 at No. 6 ... Authored ECU's only perfect C-USA ledger, winning all three regular season league matches (Memphis, UAB and UCF) ... After dropping first two matches, followed with wins in nine of the next 10 outings ... Partnered with five others to compile a 7-14 overall doubles record - Brian Walters/0-1, Sam McSpadden/0-1, Oakley/2-6, Aleksey Kochetov/3-5 and Matt Peeler/2-1 ... Was victorious in three of the last five doubles outings (1-1 with Kochetov, 2-1 with Peeler) ... Booked a 5-4 singles record during his rookie debut in the fall ... Teamed with Kochetov (2-3) and Oakley (1-2) to record an overall 3-5 doubles mark. High School/Junior Tennis: Earned a No. 1 United States Tennis Association (USTA) state ranking in the 18's Division after compiling a No. 2 rating in the 16's ... Captured a singles title for Little Rock's Lutheran High School as a sophomore while competing in Arkansas' 2-A prep classification ... As a freshman, he played a key role in leading Lutheran to a state doubles championship ... Reached the Sweet Sixteen at the National Copper Bowl, one of the nation's most prestigious Junior Tennis tourneys ... Was rated as the second-highest prospect in Arkansas by TennisRecruiting.net ... Posted a 25-6 national record against opponents designated in a similar classification or lower ... Held a top 30 regional rank and was listed among the top 200 players nationally after attending Newk's Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas during the last two years of his prep career ... Actually graduated from New Braunfels High School in 2006. Personal: Full name is Stephen Earl Whitwell, Jr. ... Born June 6, 1988 at Little Rock, Ark. ... Son of Steve and Nancy Whitwell ... Major is business ... A 2009 Conference USA All-Academic Men's Tennis Team selection for work in classroom.