Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
Previous School: Murphy HS
Major: Pre-professional Biology
2011-12: GSC All-Academic Team … GSC Academic Honor Roll … Went 8-6 overall in singles and won his last three matches … Went 1-1 at the ITA South Regional in the fall … Had an overall record of 4-3 in doubles … Went 2-0 in conference play when teamed with Elio Latela, with both matches being played at the No. 3 line … Advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA South Regional with partner Mike Lue … The duo went 2-1 in the tournament … Received a Student-Athlete Leadership Award and the Kenneth L. Curtis Award, given to a male student-athlete for significant contributions, sustained leadership and service to the UWF campus life, at UWF’s Student-Athlete Banquet.
2010-11: GSC All-Academic Team ... GSC Honor Roll ... Posted a 12-15 record in singles matches … Excelled in important matches, going 3-1 in GSC play and 4-2 in the second flight … Ended the regular season on a six-match winning streak … Was a major contributor in the doubles ranks, where he posted a 14-6 mark … As a doubles player, went 2-0 in GSC matches, 10-5 in the second flight and 11-5 when paired with Domenico Sano … Along with Sano, ranked as the No. 15 doubles team in the final ITA South Region rankings ... Teamed with Sano to win two matches in the GSC Tournament and an 8-4 decision over the Rollins duo of Jason Alabaster and Nick Rowlands in the NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament … Combined with Sano to win seven straight late-season matches ... Did not play in the fall.
Spring 2010: Singles: Was 10-11 overall in singles … Saw the most action at No. 5 singles, where he went 6-6 … Doubles: Was 11-5 overall in doubles, with all matches played at the No. 3 position … Had a record of 9-5 with Patrick Bateman and was 2-0 with Lukas Larsson … With Mike Lue, was picked as the preseason No. 9 doubles team in the South Region.
Fall 2009: Singles: Reached the finals of the consolation bracket of the Wilson/ITA Regional Championships … Doubles: Teamed with Mike Lue to reach the quarterfinals of the Wilson/ITA Regional Championships.
2009: Helped the West Florida men’s tennis team finish ranked No. 9 nationally and No. 5 regionally … Helped the team to reach 15 victories and reach the finals of the NCAA South Region Tournament … Singles: Recorded a 10-5 record, mostly in the No. 5 spot … Went 4-1 against players from Gulf South Conference (GSC) schools … Earned the final win over Ouachita Baptist in the NCAA Division II South Regional semifinals to help the Argos advance to the finals against Barry … Doubles: Recorded a 7-5 mark mostly in the No. 3 spot with partner Kevin Ducros … Posted a 3-0 record against teams from GSC schools.
Fall 2008: Doubles: Teamed with Andrey Pozhidaev to form the ninth ranked doubles team in the NCAA Division II South Region.
High School: Played No. 1 singles and doubles during his junior and senior years on the varsity team … Finished top ranked in his senior year with a 25-0 record in singles … Placed as high as top 25 in the southeast region in singles … Ranked 3rd in the state in his junior year in singles … Has been top ranked in state in doubles ... Voted the 2008 Player of the Year by Mobile’s Rotatory Club.
Personal: Member of the SAAC committee at UWF ... Helped build a house with Habitat for Humanity … Helps with the Big Brother, Big Sister service of Pensacola ... Son of John and Diana Gunnels, and has a sister, Amber … Enjoys playing sports, camping and going to the beach … Majoring in pre-professional biology … Plans to go to either medical or dental school after graduation.