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Quartet Lands on All-MIAC List

May 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Four members of the Carleton College men’s tennis team earned All-MIAC honors for the 2013 season, following a second-place finish in both the regular season and conference playoffs. Seniors Paul Cooper (Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and Alex Chin (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) were selected for their play in both singles and doubles, while classmate Austin Jiang (Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) and rookie Christian Nagy (Fairway, Kans./Pembroke Hill School) picked up the honor for doubles.

Cooper earned All-MIAC recognition all four seasons, also receiving the honor for singles and doubles in 2011 as well as for doubles in both 2010 and 2012. Likewise, Jiang was previously named to the All-MIAC team in singles and doubles in 2010 and again in 2011 before picking up the award for singles last season and doubles this time.

After earning all-conference recognition in singles and doubles following the 2011 campaign, Chin was off campus last spring but upon his return to Carleton received the honor in both flights once again.

Jiang, a four-year All-Conference performer, earned the honor this year in doubles after posting a 10-5 record. He went 60-22 in doubles over the four seasons, the most by a Knight over the last decade. He was 119-45 overall (including 59-23 during singles play) was just one triumph behind Winston Park ’10 for most total wins over that time frame. Jiang’s .726 overall winning percentage ranks second at Carleton over the last 10-plus seasons.

Cooper and Chin capped their collegiate careers with ten-plus win seasons in singles. Chin went 14-6 playing primarily in the top two slots, and Cooper finished 11-6 with the bulk of his matches being at the No. 3 spot. Chin paced the squad in doubles competition with a 12-5 mark, and Cooper earned All-MIAC distinction after combining for nine wins with four different partners.

Cooper wrapped up his time in the maize and blue with a 118-56 overall mark, the third-highest dual match win total recorded in recorded program history. He went 65-17 in singles, the Knights’ highest win total over the last decade. Chin closed his career with a .724 win percentage, which ranked fourth over that same time frame.

Nagy put together an impressive rookie campaign, competing with four different partners to finish with a 10-7 tally.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the conference also announced the annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for tennis. Members of the 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. Carleton’s representative on the squad is sophomore Andrew Hwang (Brookfield, Wis./University School).