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Knights headline MIAC Men’s Tennis Awards

May 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm
By Olver Wolyniec '19
(L-R) Patton McClelland, Stephan Zweifel, Aaron Goodman, Ezra Frankel, Jordon O'Kelly, Kevin Hurley
(L-R) Patton McClelland, Stephan Zweifel, Aaron Goodman, Ezra Frankel, Jordon O'Kelly, Kevin Hurley

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s tennis team was well represented as the MIAC announced its season-ending awards. Senior Patton McClelland (Rock Hill, S.C./Charlotte Latin) was tabbed for the Arthur Ashe Award, and head coach Stephan Zweifel was honored as conference Coach-of-the-Year. The Knights also accumulated a team-record seven All-MIAC awards.

McClelland, a four-year starter and three-time all-conference honoree in singles play, was awarded the 2017 Arthur Ashe Award for his outstanding sportsmanship and exemplary athletic, academic, and humanitarian accomplishments.

"Being a part of the tennis team afforded me opportunities that shaped my character and livelihood in ways that I never imagined possible," said McClelland. "In addition to instilling the values of leadership, teamwork, work ethic, and responsibility in me, being a member of the Knights tennis team afforded me discipline. Tennis has made me the man I am today, and will continue to shape the way I view the world and myself."

The senior’s off-the-court activities include serving as one of the student-leaders of the Green Dot initiative at Carleton—which aims to increase bystander intervention on campus and in the community—as well as three years of volunteer work at the Northfield Hospital organizing the pre-medical volunteer group on Carleton’s campus.

In addition to receiving an all-conference award each year during his Carleton career, McClelland became Carleton’s all-time leader in career singles victories. Against Macalester College on April 29, he won his 64th career singles match, breaking a three-way tie stop the Knights’ leaderboard.

Zweifel was voted by his peers to receive the MIAC Steve Wilkinson Men’s Tennis Coach-of-the-Year honor, stemming from his role in guiding the Knights to yet another successful season. This is the sixth time he has won this award in his 19 years of coaching. Carleton worked its way to an 8-1 record in MIAC play and boasted a 14-3 overall record so far in the 2017 campaign. The Knights have a chance to extend their already-impressive season, as they host the University of St. Thomas in the MIAC Playoff semifinals on Thursday afternoon at the Pat Lamb Tennis Courts.

The MIAC also announced its All-Conference Singles and Doubles Teams, as well as the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team.

A mere year after breaking the team record for most all-conference selections, the Knights did it again. This time around Carleton notched seven spots on All-MIAC squads.

Aaron Goodman (So./Minneapolis, Minn./St. Louis Park), who received an all-conference nod last year as a rookie for his stellar play in doubles, earned an All-MIAC award for both his singles and doubles play this time around. He went 13-2 in singles in 2017, including a 7-1 ledger in conference matches.

He was joined on the singles list by McClelland and Jordon O’Kelly (So./Lake Forest, Ill.), who both took home their second All-MIAC honor in singles. McClelland was 13-3 this year and matched Goodman’s 7-1 conference record, tying the duo for the third-highest MIAC win total among conference players.

In doubles play, the pairing of Goodman and Ezra Frankel (Sr./Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill School) proved to be the Knights’ most successful tandem, totaling a squad-best seven victories as each won a second-straight all-conference citation. Kevin Hurley (Jr./Novi, Mich./Univ. of Detroit Jesuit) grabbed his first All-MIAC award in doubles as he amassed 11 wins on the year—eight of them versus conference opponents—while playing alongside five different teammates. O’Kelly added yet another honor for his doubles play, totaling a 6-2 MIAC record with four playing partners.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the conference also announced the 11th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for tennis. Frankel 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.

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