COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 17, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo men's tennis freshman Thomas Pudney (Southend, United Kingdom) was recognized as the 2018 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in a Tuesday release from the league office. A total of five ThunderWolves collected year-end awards from the conference.
Pudney was also recognized as All-RMAC First Team Singles and All-RMAC First Team Doubles with junior Ogulcan Deniz (Istanbul, Turkey). Deniz and junior James Ryan (London, England) gathered All-RMAC Second Team honors for their singles play. Finally, senior David Mould (Upminster Essex, United Kingdom) and freshman Cade Boedeker (North Richland Hills, Texas) were honored as All-RMAC Second Team Doubles.
The ThunderWolves finished the regular season with an 11-14 overall record and a 3-3 mark in RMAC play. The RMAC Tournament is scheduled for April 20-21 in Denver.
Pudney ranks No. 14 in Division II according to the ITA rankings April 11. He totaled three RMAC Player of the Week awards this year. This spring he posted a 7-9 record at No. 1 singles, which included a 3-3 record in RMAC play. Overall, he went 13-10 in dual competition and finished as runner-up at the ITA South Central Regional in the fall. This spring he recorded a 6-10 record in doubles play, all at the No. 1 spot, and went 11-14 overall. Pudney has gathered three wins with two different doubles partners.
The freshman went 3-3 in RMAC doubles play, which included a 2-3 record with Deniz to earn All-RMAC First Team status. The duo finished the regular season with a 3-4 record together.
During the spring season, Deniz compiled a 4-9 record, all at No. 2 singles and finished with a 3-2 record in RMAC play. Overall, he has a 9-12 dual record, as he went 3-2 at No. 1 and 6-10 at the No. 2 spot. He capped the season with a 4-2 mark in his final six matches.
Ryan compiled an 8-14 record in the dual season, which included a 5-9 mark in the spring and 2-3 record in RMAC play. He has played at No. 2 (1-1), No. 3 (6-12), No. 5 (1-0) and No. 6 (0-1) this year while battling injury. He won four of his last eight bouts.
The doubles pair of Mould and Boedeker finished the regular season with a 2-3 record, which included a 2-2 mark in RMAC play. All five matches came at the No. 3 spot.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.