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Result: Leo Vithoontien - All-America (1st round W 7-5, 6-2; 2nd round L 5-7, 6-7)

Men's Tennis at NCAA Division III Championships

Thursday, May 24th, 2018 – approx 11:30 a.m. PDT / 1:30 p.m. CDT at Calremont, Calif. - Biszantz Family Tennis Center

Leo Vithoontien wraps up NCAA Championships with All-America honors

Leo Vithoontien
Leo Vithoontien
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CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Leo Vithoontien (Fy./Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) became the first Carleton College men’s tennis player since 1989 to earn All-America status thanks to his performance at the NCAA Championships.

The Carleton rookie had to wait extra time before taking the court for his opening-round matchup against Spencer Watanabe of George Fox University. Following some overnight/morning mist, and the day’s first matches were delayed in order to allow the courts to dry. The match ahead of Vithoontien versus Watanabe went the full three sets, including tiebreakers in the first and second sets.

Finally, Court 8 was available and Vithoontien was able to find his groove in posting a 7-5, 6-2 triumph. It was the 20th victory of the season, tying the rookie for second-highest on Carleton’s single-season victory list over the last 12 years.

By advancing to the second round, Vithoontien secured All-America recognition, becoming the fourth Knight to do so and the first to achieve the honor since Tom James in 1989. (SEE CHART BELOW)

The second round matchup against No. 7 seed Sean Wei of Amherst College was a tight tussle throughout, with Wei pulling out a 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory.

"Leo demonstrated taht he can compete with the very best Division III players in the nation," said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel. "His future looks very bright." 

Vithoontien, the ITA Central Region rookie of the year, concluded the season with a 20-2 (.909) overall record.

Carleton College Men’s Tennis All-Americans

1984 -- Dave Treichel/John Flygare (doubles)
1985 -- Dave Treichel (singles) and Treichel/John Flygare (doubles)
1986 -- Dave Treichel (singles)
1987 -- Tom James (singles)
1988 -- Tom James (singles)
1989 -- Tom James (singles)
2018 -- Leo Vithoontien (singles)

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