Conference-champion Gustavus headlines 2014 MIAC Men's Tennis Awards

Conference-champion Gustavus headlines 2014 MIAC Men's Tennis Awards

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The top performers from another outstanding men's tennis season in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) were recognized Wednesday for their performances. Conference-champion Gustavus swept the top two individual honors to headline the release of the 2014 MIAC Men's Tennis Awards.

The 2014 Arthur Ashe Award was given to Gustavus senior Bryan Miles (Wausau, Wis./East). The award annually recognizes a senior tennis student-athlete with outstanding sportsmanship and exemplary athletic, academic and humanitarian accomplishments.

While Miles' selection as the Ashe Award winner was greatly influenced by his outstanding off-the-court resume', he also played a big role in the Gusties' MIAC Championship on the court as well. Miles compiled a 6-2 overall singles record with a perfect 4-0 mark in conference play, and he was undefeated in doubles play at 6-0, with a 3-0 MIAC record. To demonstrate his versatility and value to the team, Miles played at all three doubles spots and every singles spot but No. 3 throughout the 2014 season.

The regular-season conference title was the 26th in a row for Gustavus, and Gustie Head Coach Tommy Valentini was also honored by his peers as the MIAC Steve Wilkinson Men's Tennis Coach-of-the-Year as a result of his team's successful season. This is Valentini's second MIAC coaching honor in his five years as head coach.

This season, Valentini guided the Gusties to a perfect 9-0 record in conference play, and the team also won its fourth-straight MIAC Playoff title. Valentini is now a perfect 45-0 in MIAC regular-season matches, and 9-1 in the MIAC playoffs. His team will enter the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament with a 28-5 overall record, which is their best overall record in his five years as head coach. Valentini coached three players to All-Conference honors this season.

The 2014 MIAC Men's Tennis All-Conference Singles and Doubles teams were also recognized. The All-Conference team is selected based on performance during conference dual matches, with the top 18 players (including ties) recognized for both singles and doubles. A player must play in five conferences matches at any position to be eligible for the honor.

St. Thomas led the way with nine All-MIAC selections with five singles and four doubles players honored. St. Olaf had four of each for a total of eight, Macalester had four doubles and two singles honorees for a total of six and Bethel had five total selections (three singles, two doubles). Carleton has two of each for a total of four honorees, and Gustavus (one singles, two doubles) and Saint John's (three singles) had three players honored each.

The 2014 All-Conference teams were heavy on underclassmen with 14 juniors and 12 freshmen honored. There were seven juniors on both the singles and doubles teams, with five freshmen honored on the singles squad, and seven doubles honorees. There were only four seniors recognized - two on each team - and seven juniors (five singles, two doubles).

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


2014 MIAC MEN'S TENNIS AWARDS

Arthur Ashe Award: Bryan Miles, Gustavus (Sr., Wausau, Wis. / East)
Steve Wilkinson Coach-of-the-Year: Tommy Valentini, Gustavus (Fifth season)


2014 MIAC MEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE SINGLES TEAM

Name School Year   Hometown/Previous School
Motasem Al-Houni Gustavus  Jr. Tripoli, Libya / International 
Burke Anderson St. Thomas Fy. Lino Lakes, Minn. / Centennial 
Ben Carlson  St. Olaf  So.  Hastings, Minn. 
Nico Gibb  St. Olaf  Jr.  Stillwater, Minn. 
Mauricio Gonzalez  Carleton  Jr.  La Paz, Bolivia / American Cooperative  
Jack Hansen  Saint John's   So.  Dawson, Minn. / Dawson-Boyd 
Matt Kavanagh St. Thomas Fy.  Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitefish Bay 
Kolin Kiekhoefer Bethel Fy.  Woodbury, Minn. / New Life Academy 
Joey Kronzer  St. Olaf  So.  Duluth, Minn. / Marshall 
Joe Laue  Saint John's  Sr.  St. Louis Park, Minn. / Academy of Holy Angels  
Christian Nagy  Carleton  So.  Fairway, Kan. / Pembroke Hill  
Stephen Nolan  St. Olaf  Jr. Newcastle, Australia / St. Francis Xavier's 
Jordan Otto  Saint John's  Jr.  Rice, Minn. / St. Cloud Cathedral
Luke Palmquist  Bethel  So.  South Saint Paul, Minn. 
Brady Radermacher   St. Thomas  So.  Eagan, Minn.  
Matt Schull Bethel  Fy.  Eagan, Minn. / Henry Sibley 
Max Soghikian  Macalester  Sr.  Piedmont, Calif. 
Brian Utz  Macalester  So.  Rochester, Minn. / Lourdes 
Scott Wall  St. Thomas  Fy.  De Pere, Wis. / Notre Dame Academy 

2014 MIAC MEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE DOUBLES TEAM

Name School Year   Hometown/Previous School
Burke Anderson  St. Thomas  Fy.  Lino Lakes, Minn. / Centennial 
Matt Christensen  St. Olaf Jr.  Bankok, Thailand / New Int'l School of Thailand  
Keenan Gladd-Brown   St. Olaf  So.  Las Vegas, Nev. / Windemere Prep 
Marcel Gyswyt  Gustavus  Sr.  Golden Valley, Minn. / Hopkins 
Erik Johnson Carleton So  Grand Forks, N.D. / Red River 
Matt Kavanagh  St. Thomas   Fy  Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitefish Bay 
Kolin Kiekhoefer  Bethel  Fy.  Woodbury, Minn. / New Life Academy 
Joey Kronzer  St. Olaf  So.  Duluth, Minn. / Marshall 
Alasdair McClintic  Macalester  Fy.  Geneva, Switzerland / Phillips Academy 
Wilson Merrell  Macalester  So.  Poughkipsie, N.Y. / Arlington 
Christian Nagy  Carleton  So.  Fairway, Kan. / Pembroke Hill 
Stephen Nolan  St. Olaf  Jr.  Newcastle, Australia / St. Francis Xavier's 
Brady Radermacher St. Thomas So.  Eagan, Minn. 
Andres Saenz Hoyo  Gustavus  Fy.  Cancun, Mexico 
Matt Schull Bethel Fy.  Eagan, Minn. / Henry Sibley 
Max Soghikian  Macalester  Sr.  Piedmont, Calif. 
Brian Utz  Macalester  So.  Rochester, Minn. / Lourdes 
Scott Wall  St. Thomas  Fy.  De Pere, Wis. / Notre Dame Academy 

2014 MEN'S TENNIS ALL-MIAC SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM

Bethel - Kirby Ronning (Sr., Blaine, Minn. / Spring Lake Park)
Carleton - Nelson Wolf (Sr., Fairbault, Minn. / Shattuck-St. Mary's)
Concordia - Sam Smith (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn. / Washburn)
Gustavus - Juan Luis Chu (Sr., Lima, Peru / Newton)
Hamline - Brandon Kuether (Fy., Fridley, Minn. / Columbia Heights)
Macalester - Brian Utz (So., Rochester, Minn. / Lourdes)
Saint John's - Alex Wiegmann (Sr., Sunburg, Minn. / New London-Spicer)
Saint Mary's - Warren Lawrenz (So., Rochester, Minn. / Stewartville)
St. Olaf - Matt Christensen (Jr., Bangkok, Thailand / New Int'l School of Thailand)
St. Thomas - Brady Radermacher (So., Eagan, Minn.)


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