2012 MIAC Men's Tennis Awards

Saint John's Ian Hansen
Saint John's Ian Hansen
5/8/2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced the 2012 MIAC Men's Tennis Awards Tuesday, which included the All-Conference and All-MIAC Sportsmanship Teams, and the top individual player and coach awards were claimed by conference champion Gustavus Adolphus College and Saint John's University.


Saint John's University senior Ian Hansen (Dawson, Minn./Dawson-Boyd) was presented the 2012 Arthur Ashe Award. The award annually recognizes a senior tennis student-athlete with outstanding sportsmanship and exemplary athletic, academic and humanitarian accomplishments. 

Though Hansen was selected for his many achievements beyond the court, he was extremely impressive for the Johnnies as a senior, adding both singles and doubles All-Conference honors to his Arthur Ashe Award. Hansen was 14-4 in singles play overall and 8-1 in MIAC competition, primarily in SJU's No. 2 spot. As a doubles tandem with teammate Fabricio Moncada, Hansen was 7-3 in the Johnnies' top spot and 4-2 in conference play. 

Gustavus head coach Tommy Valentini was honored with the 2012 MIAC Steve Wilkinson Coach-of-the-Year award. Valentini guided the Gusties to their third MIAC regular season championship in as many years as the team's head coach with a perfect 9-0 conference record, and his squad added the 2012 MIAC Playoffs title this weekend with a pair of victories. 

The Gusties received the MIAC's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament, and will open postseason play Saturday after a first-round bye. Gustavus has a total of 10 All-Conference selections, five players apiece on the singles and doubles teams. This is Valentini's first MIAC coaching award, named for the former Gustavus coach that Valentini both played for and coached under before succeeding him in 2010.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the sixth annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for men's tennis. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

2012 MIAC Men's Tennis Awards

Arthur Ashe Award - Ian Hansen, Saint John's (Sr., Dawson, Minn./Dawson-Boyd)

MIAC Steve Wilkinson Coach-of-the-Year - Tommy Valentini, Gustavus (Third Season)

2012 MIAC Men's Tennis All-Conference - Singles

Name School Year Hometown/High School
Andy Catania St. Olaf  Jr. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Juan Luis Chu Gustavus So. Lima, Peru/Newton College
Dan Cooper St. Thomas Sr. Madison, Wis./West
David Croonquist Hamline Jr. North Oaks, Minn./Mounds View
Amrik Donkena Gustavus Jr. Rochester, Minn./Mayo
Max Edwards Macalester Jr. Rochester, Minn./Mayo
Evan Elderbrock Macalester Sr. Madison, Wis,/West
Knute Gundersen St. Olaf Sr. Bayside, Wis./University School of Milwaukee
Ian Hansen Saint John's Sr. Dawson, Minn./Dawson-Boyd
Austin Jiang Carleton Jr. Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port
Tyler Johnson Gustavus Jr. West Bend, Wis./West Bend East
Joey MacGibbon Gustavus So. Apple Valley, Minn.
Brian McCarthy St. Thomas Jr. Edina, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret
Fabricio Moncada Saint John's Jr. Managua, Nicaragua/Lincoln Int'l Academy
Bernard Mitambo Hamline Sr. Cameroon/DeLaSalle
Stephen Nolan St. Olaf Fr. Newcastle, Austrailia/St. Francis Xavier's
Mya Smith-Dennis Gustavus So. Savage, Minn./Burnsville
John Wight St. Olaf Sr. Edina, Minn./St. Paul Academy
 

2012 MIAC Men's Tennis All-Conference - Doubles

Name School Year Hometown/High School
Jon Aranda Carleton Sr. Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola
Andy Catania St. Olaf Jr. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Dobbs Ferry
Juan Luis Chu Gustavus So. Lima, Peru/Newton College
Patrick Clark Gustavus Sr. Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South
Dan Cooper St. Thomas Sr. Madison, Wis./West
Paul Cooper Carleton Jr. Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale Central
Amrik Donkena Gustavus Jr.. Rochester, Minn./Mayo
Ian Hansen Saint John's Sr. Dawson, Minn./Dawson-Boyd
Michael Lunka Saint Mary's Jr. Eagan, Minn./Henry Sibley
Andrew Lutz Hamline Jr. Pine City, Minn.
Brian McCarthy St. Thomas Jr. Edina, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret
Bernard Mitambo Hamline Sr. Cameroon/DeLaSalle
Fabricio Moncada Saint John's Jr. Managua, Nicaragua/Lincoln Int'l Academy
Tucker Morris Bethel Jr. Arden Hills, Minn./Mounds View
Daniel Pomeranc Gustauvs Sr. Sao Paulo, Brazil/Lycee Pasteur
Reggie Ronning Bethel Jr. Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson
Mya Smith-Dennis Gustavus So. Savage, Minn./Burnsville
Bobby Steingraeber Saint Mary's Jr. LaCrosse, Wis./Aquinas
John Wight St. Olaf Sr. Edina, Minn./St. Paul Academy

2012 All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team
Bethel- Tucker Morris (Jr., Arden Hills, Minn./Mounds View)
Carleton - Austin Jiang (Jr., Green Bay, Wis./ Bay Port)
Concordia - Will Granrud (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./St. Anthony Village)
Gustavus - Patrick Clark (Sr., Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South)
Hamline - Brenden Fitzpatrick (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.)
Macalester - Max Edwards (Jr., Rochester, Minn./Mayo)
Saint John’s- Ian Hansen (Sr., Dawson, Minn./Dawson-Boyd)
Saint Mary’s - Justin Loeffler (Sr., Winona, Minn./Winona Cotter)
St. Olaf - John Wight (Sr., Edina, Minn./St. Paul Academy)
St. Thomas- Allen Michael Muench (Fr., Lower Mound, Texas/FMHS)