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Members of the Lakeland College men's tennis team were recognized for their efforts during the 2008 season at the team's recent annual awards dinner.
Sophomore Andre Glass (Kenosha/Indian Trail Academy) walked away with several honors, including team MVP and the Coach David Lauer Award in addition to being dubbed the team captain for the 2009 season. The Coach David Lauer Award is named in honor of former men's tennis coach David "Rev" Lauer, who coached the Lakeland men's tennis team for 37 years ending in 2005. It is awarded to the player that exemplifies what any coach could ask for in how they represent the program both on and off the court.
Juniors Alex Marit (Sturgeon Bay) and Carlos Millan (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) and freshmen Tom Kuehl (Hustisford) and Jordan Ames (Elmhurst, Ill./York) were also recognized. Marit took home the Rookie of the Year Award while Millan, Kuehl and Ames all received the Sportsmanship Award.
Glass was undefeated at No. 1 singles in the Northern Athletics Conference this season, going 7-0 during regular season play before snagging the NAC Tournament title and Player of the Year award this past weekend.
"Andre was very deserving of being recognized because of his outstanding season at No. 1 singles and his unselfish work to help his team, teammates and school," said head coach Doron Green. "He should also feel very honored to have been selected by his teammates to be next year's team captain."
Although the Rookie of the Year Award is traditionally awarded to a freshman, Marit had never played tennis at the collegiate level prior to this season. He was able to learn and improve as the season wore on to finish on a high note with a fifth-place finish in No. 2 singles at the NAC Tournament.
"I thought Alex was deserving of the award because he was the player who had the most successful year in his first year with the program," Green said. "He improved so much throughout the course of the season and it was very satisfying to see him do well at the conference tournament."
Millan, Kuehl and Ames competed at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively, and were all considered worthy of the Sportsmanship Award by Green.
"The Sportsmanship Award is meant to go to the player who appreciates the game for what it is and positively affects those around them with their attitude," Green said. "All three of them learned to love the game and were examples of what can happen with a positive attitude and dedicated work."