Findel-Hawkins gets second nod; Ospreys on the rise

Jordan Ferrell

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Findel-Hawkins returns a serve.
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For the second time this season, UNF’s Jack Findel-Hawkins has won the Atlantic Sun Men’s Tennis Player of the Week award.  Findel-Hawkins is a sophomore hailing from Exmouth, Great Britain. This is his second season swinging the racket for the Ospreys. At the end of his rookie 2013-2014 season he was awarded the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year honors.

Findel-Hawkins is coming off of a spectacular week where he finished 2-0 in doubles play and 1-0 in singles, helping the Ospreys blank instate rivals the University of Central Florida Knights, 4-0 and the Furman Paladins, 4-1. He is currently ranked No. 70 in singles play by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

The Ospreys (8-2) have advanced two spots in ITA’s most recent poll bringing them to No. 67. The squad has been on a five-game winning streak, dating back to Jan. 18, when they shut out Southern Illinois, 4-0, in Knoxville, Tenn. during their final match of the Tennessee Spring Invitational. UNF’s Head Coach Mark Finnegan was happy to see his team advancing in the ranks.

“We have had a great start to the year,” Finnegan said. “We will have another top 75 ranked team coming to play us here in Jacksonville in a few weeks. That should be an exciting match.”

The Ospreys are on a six-game home stretch. They will face No. 69 South Alabama on Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. and then East Carolina later that week on Sunday afternoon before they hit the road and start their conference schedule.

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