Elliott Blackstone

Elliott Blackstone is the only four-time AMCC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year in conference. He led the Behrend Lions from 2008-2011, helping secure three AMCC Championships. Blackstone was also a four-time AMCC Champion in single action and was named to the All-AMCC first team in four consecutive seasons. He shared the Player of the Year accolades as a freshman and was tabbed AMCC Newcomer of the Year.  During his four-year career with the Lions, he went undefeated in AMCC singles play and only lost one doubles match in conference competition.

Blackstone was a part of the program’s first-ever AMCC Championship as a freshman in 2008. He helped the Lions post an 11-7 overall record and a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play. Blackstone was the AMCC Champion at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles, leading Behrend to 13 points and the AMCC Championship. He broke the school record for most singles wins in a season at 19-4 and set a new program record in doubles at 14-8. The team recognized Blackstone with MVP honors, while the conference named him Newcomer of the Year and Co-Player of the Year.  He also was selected to the All-AMCC First Team.

Blackstone moved up to No. 1 singles and doubles for his sophomore year, continuing to make his mark on the Behrend program. He registered a 13-1 singles record and a 9-2 doubles mark to repeat on the All-Conference Team and garner his second straight AMCC Player of the Year honors. As a team, the Lions went 8-0 in AMCC competition and won their second conference championship with a six-point win over Penn State Altoona.

Blackstone continued to etch his way into the record books with his third First Team All-AMCC accolades in singles and doubles, while being named Player of the Year once again in his junior season. He led the Lions to another AMCC Championship, getting the team to a 17-7 overall mark and an 11-1 AMCC record.

He made AMCC history in his senior year by being named the Player of the Year for the fourth time in his career.  At time of graduation, Blackstone was the only student-athlete to accomplish this feat in any AMCC sport. Blackstone tallied a 16-8 record and was also the AMCC Champion at No. 1 doubles and singles. He still holds school records for all-time singles wins, most singles wins in a season and most doubles wins in a season.