2016-17 marked a season of breaking records for the Eutectic men's tennis team. The squad recorded its first-ever winning season with a record of 8-5, with individual team members cracking five of six records in the STLCOP books.
The addition of Rahul Jilakara (FR/Glen Allen, Va.) and Logan Mathies (FR/Jasper, Ind.), who played on the top two singles courts this season, allowed returning players to transition to lower courts and strengthen the Eutectic lineup. The STLCOP squad began their season with seven victories in a row, and entered conference play with an 8-1 record. The best team record previously was in 2012-13 at 6-12.
Jilakara broke two STLCOP records. He won more combined singles and doubles matches this season than any other Eutectic in history, creating a new STLCOP record for Single Season Combined Wins at 14-8. The previous record-holder was Mitch Gardner with 10 wins in 2011-12. Jilakara also doubled the previous record for Single Season Doubles Wins to increase it to 8-4.
All three STLCOP career records for men's tennis were changed by two STLCOP veterans this season. After his final season of competition this year, Justin Weigal (SR/Mokena, Ill.) claimed the Career Doubles Wins and Career Combined Wins for STLCOP. With 26 victories over his four years on the team, he blasted the previous record shared by Gardner and Brad Rumancik by seven matches. Weigal also took over the top spot for Career Doubles Wins, adding seven to the previous total held by Rumancik and Alex Cline, at 15 wins. Luke Winchester (JR/Ottowa, Ill.), who still has a year of eligibility left, tied the Career Singles Wins record, also held by Gardner, after collecting 14 match victories on the singes court.
Weigal finished his STLCOP career on a high note, claiming his best season record in 2016-17 (6-5 at singles, 6-7 at doubles) playing at mostly No. 3 singles and No. 1 or 2 doubles. As the only "true senior" on the team, his loss will be felt by the squad next year. But, the Euts will return seven varsity players with talent and experience, and, as the coaches dive deep into the recruiting process, the potential for repeat success in 2017-18 is high.