Macy is eligible to beginning competing for Gardner-Webb in the 2013-14 season.
Currently a senior at Elkin H.S. (N.C.), Macy advanced to the finals of the State 1A Tournament in singles play both as a freshman and as a sophomore. In his junior season for the Buckin’ Elks, Macy broke through to win his first State 1A singles title.
Macy also captured Mountain Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior at Elkin H.S.
Macy’s competitive play as a singles standout carries over to his stellar doubles play, where he was rewarded with another State 1A crown as a senior. Macy teamed with Elkin H.S. teammate Ryan Schell to defeat Kevin Weckworth and Sam McLaughry of Bishop McGuinness at the NCHSAA state championships in Cary, N.C. this past weekend.
“Tyler is someone who loves tennis, it is in his DNA!” commented coach Griffith. “He brings intensity and passion for the game. For our team, losing three seniors this year will hurt, but bringing in a player like Tyler will help soften the blow.
“He has the mentality that no one can beat him, and if they do, then tomorrow no one can,” added Griffith. “I really like where our mindset is to compete for the Big South Championship with players like Tyler in our program.”
The Runnin’ Bulldogs are coming off a vastly improved season in which they added three total wins from 2012 to 2013, including impressive Big South wins over Liberty, Longwood, and UNC Asheville. GWU was outlasted, 4-2, in a lengthy first round battle with No. 3 seed Presbyterian in the Big South tournament.