April 25, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior Thomas O'Brien (Guilford, Conn.) was named an All-BIG EAST selection this afternoon, as men's tennis postseason awards were announced by the conference office. O'Brien had a terrific season playing at both the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles spots for Villanova, which wrapped up its season at the conference tournament last weekend.
O'Brien had a "20-20" season for the Wildcats, as he reached the 20-win plateau in both singles and doubles action for the season. He went 20-13 overall in singles play, including a 12-10 record in dual matches. O'Brien saved his best efforts for a remarkable stretch run at the end of the regular season. Leading up to the BIG EAST Championship he won eight of his last nine regular season matches and helped Villanova win seven straight matches as a team.
During the fall season O'Brien got off to a terrific start in three tournaments and compiled an 8-3 record for the fall. His best finish came at the Quinnipiac Invitational, where he won three of his four matches and reached the final match in the Flight A bracket.
In doubles action O'Brien teamed with sophomore Kelly Donaldson (Broomfield, Colo.) for the second straight season. The pair went 23-12 for the season but finished on a tear, winning 12 of their final 13 matches to close out regular season competition. O'Brien and Donaldson were 15-7 overall in dual matches after posting an 8-5 mark in the three fall tournaments. Their results in the fall included being the runners-up at the Saint Joseph's Invitational as well as a fourth place finish in the Villanova Invitational.
O'Brien has a career record of 62-40 in doubles matches, including 19-15 in tournaments and 43-25 in dual competition. All but four of his dual matches have come at the No. 1 doubles spot. He is also 45-47 overall in singles, with 51 of his 67 career dual matches coming in the top spot in the lineup. O'Brien is also 17-8 for his career in tournaments as a singles player.
The seven-match winning streak for the Wildcats late in the regular season led to the team receiving the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament. Villanova opened up in the quarterfinals against No. 3 seed USF and later took on No. 7 seed DePaul in a consolation bracket match.