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2008-2009 Men's Tennis Roster

John Peers

Class: SO-1L
Height: 6-1
Weight: 165 pounds
Previous School: Mentone Grammar
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

2008-09 (Sophomore)
Began the season with a ITA ranking of 91...Finished 4-3 in fall singles play... Won first two matches of season before falling to No. 12 Nate Schnugg (Georgia) at the Southern Intercollegiate ... Paired with Richard Cowden to post a 4-2 doubles record ... Duo defeated Nate Schnugg and Christian Vitulli (Georgia) at the Southern Intercollegiate ... Also posted a win over Christian Hansen and Jeremy Tweedt of Tennessee at the ITA Southeast Regionals.
Spring: Posted 18-1 dual match record going 12-0 at the No. 2 position ... Went 24-3 overall ... Defeated No. 28 Vanderbilt's Vijay Paul 6-3, 7-5 ... Won six straight matches to begin play ... Only loss was to No. 33 VCU's Thibaut Charro, 7-5, 6-2 ... Won his match 6-2, 7-5 over David Simon of No. 69 Denver ... In doubles action, posted a 25-7 record ... Posted 10-2 record when playing with Robert McKenzie ... Paired with Victor Melo posting a 10-3 record ... Teamed with McKenzie to defeat Austen and Simon Childs of Louisville 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the first round of the NCAA Individual Championships ... Duo ended season ranked 33 in the ITA poll ... Also ended season ranked 59 with Melo ... Peers and Melo defeated No. 65 BYU's Evan Urbina and A.J. Young 8-1 ... Pair also won their match 9-8 (3) over No. 40 Aleksander Selznev and Tobias Fanselow of No. 74 Old Dominion.

Posted 7-4 singles mark and 5-2 doubles record ... Won first three career matches, all in straight sets, at Southern Intercollegiate Championships, including victories against Vanderbilt's Scott Lieberman, USC-Upstate's Renzo Airaldi and Georgia Tech's Ryan Smith ... Lost in quarterfinals to Furman's Daniel Knause at Southern Intercollegiates ... Dropped 6-7 (5), 4-6 decision to Florida State's Bradley Mixson in Round of 128 in prequalifying at ITA All-American Championships ... Defeated Vanderbilt's Bryant Salcedo in first round at ITA Southeast Indoor Championships before falling in Round of 128 to Georgia's Christian Vitulli ... Won three of four outings at Thunderbird Invitational, defeating New Mexico State's Jim Brouleau, Auburn's Alex Petropoulos and Auburn's 47th-ranked Juan Carlos Rebaza, all in straight sets ... Posted 5-2 doubles mark with Chris Nowak ... Duo defeated Mercer (Bescancon-Ohrstrom), Kentucky (Ward-Cox), Wake Forest (Parr-Salmon) and Samford (Delass-Silveira) at Southern Intercollegiates before falling in semifinals to Memphis (Narasimhan-Ramsay) ... Won in first round of ITA Southeast Indoor Championships over Stetson (Laalej-Stamp) before falling to fifth-ranked Alabama (Thibaudeau-Buikema) in Round of 32.
Spring: Posted 12-10 dual match singles record, including 2-6 mark versus ranked opponents, while playing Nos. 1 and 2 in 20 of 22 matches ... Registered 10-13 dual match doubles record ... Won seven of first nine singles outings, including first three, with triumphs against Michigan State's Alex Forger (three sets), Chattanooga's Badr Bouabdellah and Indiana State's Rishi Behl (three sets) ... Dropped straight-set decisions to Virginia Tech's 87th-ranked Nicolas Delgado and Denver's Niklas Persson ... Won four straight, starting with three-set win over Minnesota's Pierre Dumas and a three-set victory against Louisville's 36th-ranked Austen Childs ... Lost next four decisions, including three to ranked opponents, including Indiana's 86th-ranked Thomas Richter (three sets), Tennessee's 74th-ranked Kaden Hensel and Vanderbilt's 97th-ranked Ryan Preston ... Defeated South Alabama's Sinisa Markovic and Western Michigan's Alex Birchmeier at HEB Invitational and Tennessee Tech's Borja Zarco at home just before he was ranked ... Dropped straight-set decisions to San Diego's 45th-ranked Thomas Liversage at Rice Invitational ... Lost to South Alabama's 28th-ranked Jack Baker but defeated UALR's Rain Roigas (three sets) at Sun Belt Shootout ... Split decisions at Sun Belt Championships, falling to South Alabama's Robert Hodel but winning in three sets over Florida Atlantic's Marc Abdelnour ... Posted 1-3 mark in doubles with Chris Nowak, defeating Michigan State (Monich-Forger) in first dual match of the year ...Played five doubles matches with Alex McCann, defeating Chattanooga (Diamond-Hamadeh) and Florida Atlantic (Majcher-Abdelnour) ... Teamed with Richard Cowden for nine matches, posting a 5-4 mark, including victories over Texas Tech (Breler-Markovic), Western Michigan (Hayward-Cullen), Rice (Scheil-Wang) and South Alabama (Hodel-Sramek) ... Posted 2-2 mark with Morgan Richard, including wins over Indiana State (Behl-Sigurdsson) and Minnesota (Pham-Schwark) and an 8-6 loss to New Mexico's 48th-ranked Max Jones and Kamil Pajkowski.

High School: Ranked as high as 167 in the ITF ranking and 11 in the Australian Junior Ranking ... Advanced to the second round of qualifying in the Melbourne Park Futures ... In 2005, was a quarterfinalist in the Australian 18's National Championships ... Other activities include AFL, cricket and surfing.

Personal: John William Peers ... Son of Bill and Elizabeth Peers ... Born July 25, 1988 ... Father, Bill, and uncle, Robert Peers, played in the Victoria Amateur Football (AFL) .. Mother, Elizabeth, was a WTA professional tennis player who participated in prestigious tournaments such as Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Austrailian Open, in which she advanced to the doubles semifinals ... Is undecided on a major.