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Knights set team record with nine All-MIAC awards

May 9, 2019 at 10:16 pm
By Oliver Wolyniec '19
S. Chhugani, A. Goodman, J. Lindholm-Uzzi, J. O'Kelly, X. Roti, L. Vithoontien, L. White & X. Zuczek
S. Chhugani, A. Goodman, J. Lindholm-Uzzi, J. O'Kelly, X. Roti, L. Vithoontien, L. White & X. Zuczek

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Only one year after breaking its previous record for most All-MIAC awards in a season, the Carleton College men’s tennis program established a new team standard as the Knights collected a whopping nine all-conference awards for 2019. Sophomore Leo Vithoontien (Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) headlined the Carleton honorees, garnering All-MIAC recognition in both singles and doubles for the second year in a row.

Carleton’s nine all-conference awards was easily tops in the MIAC as no other school earned more than six first-team awards. The All-MIAC squad 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.

Vithoontien, the No. 4-ranked player in the Central Region according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), boasted a spectacular singles record of 23-3, with one of those three losses coming against a D-I player from the University of North Dakota.

In doubles play, he went 21-5 overall and 5-1 in conference, playing nearly all of those matches alongside fellow All-MIAC Doubles Team honoree Jordon O’Kelly (Sr./Lake Forest, Ill.). That duo was ranked No. 3 in the Central Region at the end of the season by the ITA.

O’Kelly accumulated 20 wins against five losses in doubles play this season. He has now warranted All-MIAC recognition twice for doubles to go along with his previous trio of all-conference singles honors.

Sahil Chhugani (Jr./Rochester, Minn./Century) received the first All-MIAC award of his career, as he was named to the all-conference singles team. He collected 15 wins in singles against seven losses, including a run of seven consecutive victories in the back half of the season. Chhugani went 6-0 in MIAC matches, playing at four different spots in the lineup.

Also making the all-conference team for singles was Xander Roti (Fy./Locust Valley, N.Y./Friends Academy), who went 22-3 in his rookie campaign with a 7-1 MIAC mark. Rounding out the Carleton representatives on the singles team was first-time honoree Lewis White (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./Breck), as he racked up 13 wins against four losses and matched Roti with a 7-1 conference mark.

For the third time in his career, Aaron Goodman (Sr./Minneapolis, Minn./St. Louis Park) earned All-MIAC recognition in doubles. He has also twice been named to the all-conference singles teams. The senior paired with four playing partners on a 21-6 overall record, including a 5-1 ledger in conference play. He spent much of the season alongside Xander Zuczek (So./Westerly, R.I./St. Bernard), who also made the All-MIAC Doubles Team for the first time thanks to his impressive record of 20-6 while going 5-1 in MIAC play.

Rounding out the honorees for the Knights was Jonas Lindholm-Uzzi (Jr./Germantown, N.Y./Red Hook), who was named to the all-conference doubles team for the first time in his career. He posted a winning record with each of his five playing partners this season, sporting an outstanding 19-5 overall record and a 8-1 mark in MIAC matches.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the conference also announced the 13th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for tennis. Goodman was selected by his coaches and teammates for this award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.