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Result: Leo Vithoontien - All-America (1st round W 6-3, 6-2; 2nd round W 6-2, 6-4; Quarterfinals W 6-3, 6-1; Seminals W 2-6, 7-6 , 6-2; Finals L 3-6, 6-2, 4-6) // Vithoontien/O'Kelly - 1st round L 6-3, 6-2

Men's Tennis at NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships

Friday, May 24th, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. ET (Fri.) / 10:30 a.m ET (Sat.) / 12:00 p.m. ET (Sun.) at Kalamazoo, Mich. - Stowe Stadium

Leo Vithoontien earns All-America honors, advances to NCAA Championships quarterfinals

Leo Vithoontien
Leo Vithoontien
Photo: Ruthie Yankwitt '22

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Sophomore Leo Vithoontien (Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) had a busy first session at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, as he won a pair of singles matches and became the first Carleton College men’s tennis player in 30 years to earn multiple All-America honors. His third match of the day saw Vithoontien and senior Jordon O'Kelly (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) fall in the opening round of the doubles bracket.

Vithoontien entered the NCAA Championships having already posted the Knights’ highest single-season victory total over at least the last 13 seasons. He is now 25-2 in singles play.

Similar to what happened at the last year’s national tournament, Vithoontien’s opening-round match on Friday was delayed by wet weather. This time, rainy conditions pushed all of the  morning matches indoors, but Vithoontien, ranked No 15 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, handled the delay and looked comfortable in posting a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over No. 28 Adrien Bouchet of Emory University.

In the Round of 16, Vithoontien squared off against Wilson Lambeth of Trinity (Texas) University. The Carleton sophomore began the match by going up a break and snared the first set 6-2. He took the second set 6-4 to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals match against No. 6-ranked Ethan Hillis of Washington University-St. Louis. That contest is tentatively slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Vithoontien is one of only four Carleton men’s tennis players to capture All-America recognition. (SEE CHART BELOW)

The doubles bracket of the national tournament saw the No. 19-ranked pairing of Vithoontien and Kelly line up across from the No. 1-ranked tandem in the country, Jonathan Jemison and Adrien Bouchet of Emory. The Eagle duo played a crucial role in helping Emory clinch the NCAA D-III Championships team title on Wednesday afternoon. Vithoontien and Kelly kept things close early but eventually succumb to their opponents by a 6-3, 6-2 tally.

The Carleton duo closed the season with a 19-6 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)

2019 -- Leo Vithoontien (singles)