CLINTON, S.C. – Senior men’s tennis player Ben Kelley was named Big South Player of the Week for the third time this season, as the league announced its weekly awards on Monday. Kelley is just the third player in program history to earn the league’s Player of the Week honor three times in one season.
Kelley went 3-1 overall across two matches last week, going 2-0 at No. 4 singles and 1-1 at No. 1 doubles. The fourth-year player helped PC clinch the Big South Championship on Monday with a 6-2, 6-1 win in singles on court four in PC’s 5-2 win over Winthrop. He then earned a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles and a 6-1 win with Joel Roberts at No. 1 doubles on Senior Day against NJIT on Friday.
Kelley improved to a team-best 19-3 in singles action on the year with the two wins. The native of Weaverville, N.C. finished conference play with a 7-0 singles mark after the win on Monday, becoming just the second PC player to go undefeated in Big South action.
Kelley, the winningest singles player in PC Division I era, enters the Big South Tourney later this week with 66 career singles victories. With a win this week, Kelley would become the fifth player in PC’s D1 era to win at least 20 matches in a season.
He joins Grayson Mills and William O’Connell as the only other players to win Big South Player of the Week three times in one season. The honor was also the fourth of his career, putting him in a tie with Grayson Mills for most Big South Player of the Week honors in a career by a PC player.