Men's Tennis

Dirk Benninghaus
Dirk Benninghaus

Class: SR

Hometown: Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany

Height: 5-11

Brings experience to the Bucs lineup ... Good volley player at the net ... Pressures opponent with aggressive net play ... Will be an effective player and motivated to elevate his game ... Strong doubles player ... Perhaps the hardest worker on the team.

SENIOR (FALL): Reached the quarterfinals as a double in both the Wilson/ITA Southeast Tournament and the CL Varner Tournament with playing partner Patrick Rittenauer ... Doubles team with Rittenauer ranked 23rd in the country ... Reached the semifinals as a single in the CL Varner Tournament.

JUNIOR (2006): Posted a 11-8 singles record primarily at the fifth spot ... Compiled a 14-7 doubles record with four different playing partners ... Named ITA Scholar All-American ... Named Co-Champion at Varner Invitational along with Brandon Delanois of the University of Central Florida.

REDSHIRT (2005): Received a medical redshirt ... Named Barry’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Named to the President’s List with a perfect 4.0 GPA

SOPHOMORE (2004): An ITA Scholar All-American ...Posted a 4-4 overall singles record with a 3-0 mark in conference play despite battling injury all season ... Tallied a 9-6 record in doubles play, with a 3-1 mark in SSC matches ... Teamed with Filip Norrman in doubles to reach the quarter-finals in at the CL Varner Classic during the fall season.

FRESHMAN (2003): Slotted in as the Bucs’ primary number six singles player ... Posted a 14-10 singles record and a 12-10 record in doubles ... ITA Scholar All-American.

HIGH SCHOOL: Was an exchange student at Astronaut High in Titusville, Fla., in 1998-99 ... Played for coach Mike Hoctor ... Earned one-letter at Astronaut High ... Received 110 percent award ... Cape Coast Conference All-Star ... Member of the Chemistry Honors Society.

 PERSONAL: Son of Hans and Melitta Benninghaus ... Has one brother, Marc ... Received his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Barry in 2006 and is currently working towards his master’s degree in sport management.

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