2013 MIAC Men's Tennis Awards

2013 MIAC Men's Tennis Awards

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced the 2013 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 Bethel University and Saint Mary's University.
 
Bethel University senior Tucker Morris (Arden Hills, Minn./Mounds View) was presented the 2013 Arthur Ashe Award. The award annually recognizes a senior tennis student-athlete with outstanding sportsmanship and exemplary athletic, academic and humanitarian accomplishments.

Though Morris was selected for his many achievements beyond the court, he was extremely impressive for the Royals as a senior, adding both singles and doubles All-Conference honors to his Arthur Ashe Award. Morris had an outstanding season to lead the Royals in 2013. He was 10-5 overall in singles play, including a 5-3 conference record, with all of his matches coming in the top spot in the Bethel singles lineup. He also teamed up to go 10-3 overall (5-3 MIAC) with teammate Reggie Ronning in Bethel's No. 1 doubles slot as well.  

Saint Mary's Head Coach Jeff Halberg was honored with the 2013 MIAC Steve Wilkinson Coach-of-the-Year award. Halberg led Saint Mary's to a tremendous season in 2013 with a 17-7 overall record, and a sixth-place finish in the conference with a 4-5 MIAC mark. Halberg guided his team into the 2013 MIAC Playoffs, and the Cardinals featured two All-Conference singles players and two doubles selections as well. SMU's appearance in the MIAC Playoffs was its first since the league adopted its current six-team format in 2007.

Gustavus Adolphus College won both the conference regular-season title and the MIAC playoff championship and, as a result, the Gusties received the MIAC's automatic bid to the 201e NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament. The league champs were well-represented on the All-Conference teams with a MIAC-leading total of four singles selections, and four doubles selections for a total of eight. St. Thomas led the MIAC with six doubles selections and nine total selections.
 
Regular-season and Playoff runner-up Carleton had six total All-MIAC honorees. Saint Mary's and Bethel had four total selections. St. Olaf and Saint John's had three apiece and Macalester had a pair of All-Conference players. There were 12 seniors, five juniors and one sophomore on the upper-class-laden singles squad, and there were 13 seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen on the doubles team.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the seventh 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. 



2013 MIAC Men's Tennis Awards

Arthur Ashe Award - Tucker Morris, Bethel University (Sr., Arden Hills, Minn./Mounds View)

MIAC Steve Wilkinson Coach-of-the-Year - Jeff Halberg, Saint Mary's (15th season)



2013 MIAC Men's Tennis All-Conference - Singles

Name School Year Hometown/High School
Mitchell Blackey St. Thomas Sr. Edina, Minn.
Alexander Chin Carleton Sr. Hingham, Mass.
Paul Cooper Carleton Sr. Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale Central
Marcel Gyswyt Gustavus Jr. Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins
Grant Leisner Gustavus Jr. Andover, Minn./Anoka
Michael Lunka Saint Mary's Sr. Eagan, Minn./Henry Sibley
Joey MacGibbon Gustavus Jr. Apple Valley, Minn.
Brain McCarthy St. Thomas Sr. Edina, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret
Fabricio Moncada Saint John's Sr. Managua, Nicaragua/Lincold International Academy
Tucker Morris Bethel Sr. Arden Hills, Minn./ Mounds View
Stephen Nolan St. Olaf So. Newcastle, Australia/St. Francis Xavier's
Brendan O'Connell St. Thomas Sr. Elk River, Minn.
Willie Paul Saint John's Sr. Duluth, Minn./Marshall
Sam Puff Saint Mary's Sr. Eden Prarie, Minn./Holy Family Catholic
Reggie Ronning Bethel Sr. Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson
Mya Smith-Dennis Gustavus Jr. Savage, Minn./Burnsville
Max Soghikian Macalester Jr. Piedmont, Calif.
Stephen Tyndel Macalester Sr. Toronto, Ont./City Academy


2013 MIAC Men's Tennis All-Conference - Doubles

Name School Year Hometown/High School
Motasem Al-Houni Gustavus So. Tripoli, Libya/International School
Mithcell Blackey St. Thomas Sr. Edina, Minn
Andy Catania St. Olaf Sr. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Alexander Chin Carleton Sr. Hingham, Mass.
Paul Cooper Carleton Sr. Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale Central
Austin Jiang Carleton Sr. Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port
Tyler Johnson Gustavus Sr. West Bend, Wis./West Bend East
Grant Leisner Gustavus Jr. Andover, Minn./Anoka
Miachael Lunka Saint Mary's Sr. Eagan, Minn./Henry Sibley
Brian McCarthy St. Thomas Sr. Edina, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret
Fabricio Moncada Saint John's Sr. Managua, Nicaragua/Lincoln International Academy
Tucker Morris Bethel Sr. Arden Hills, Minn./Mounds View
Allen-Michael Muench St. Thomas So. Flower Mound, Texas
Christian Nagy Carleton Fy. Fairway, Kans./Pembroke Hill School
Stephen Nolan St. Olaf So. Newcastle, Australia/St. Francis Xavier's
Brendan O'Connell St. Thomas Sr. Elk River, Minn.
Brady Radermacher St. Thomas Fy. Eagan, Minn.
Reggie Ronning Bethel Sr. Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson
Steven Skanse St. Thomas Jr. Eden Prarie, Minn.
Mya Smith-Dennis Gustavus Jr. Savage, Minn./Burnsville
Bobby Steingraeber Saint Mary's Sr. La Crosse, Wis./La Crosse Aquinas

2013 All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team
Bethel- Kirby Ronning (Jr., Blaine, Minn./Spring Lake Park)
Carleton - Andrew Hwang (So., Brookfield, WIs./University School)
Concordia - Devin Larson (Sr., Baxter, Minn./Brainerd)
Gustavus - Tyler Johnson (Sr., West Bend, Wis.)
Hamline - Dylan Sperry (Jr., Scandia, Minn./Forest Lake)
Macalester - Brian Utz (Fy., Rochester, Minn./Lourdes)
Saint John's - Zach Shriwise (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley West)
Saint Mary's - Andrew Rangitsch (Sr., Oakdale, Minn./North St. Paul)
St. Olaf - Ryan Abdella (Sr., Northfield, Minn.)
St. Thomas - Brad Radermacher (Fy., Eagan, Minn.)