Lakeland men's tennis recognizes its own at annual dinner
Athletics - posted on 5/13/2009
The Lakeland men's tennis team celebrated its third-place finish in the Northern Athletics Conference at an awards dinner last weekend.
Head coach Doron Green, the conference's 2009 Coach of the Year after leading the Muskies to a third-place finish, presented several members of the team with awards during the event.
Junior Andre Glass, who earned his third consecutive NAC Tournament singles title and second straight Player of the Year honor, was named the team's Most Valuable Player. The Kenosha native was undefeated against league opponents, running his career record in NAC regular season play to 19-1.
Glass was also named the team's captain for the 2010 season, as voted on by his teammates.
The Rookie of the Year award was given to junior Kazuyoshi Yamasaki, a first-year player in the program who finished with a 4-3 record in league play. Yamasaki's improved performance throughout the year culminated in a fourth-place finish at No. 3 singles and a third-place finish at No. 2 doubles at the NAC Tournament.
Freshman Danny Spatchek, who finished fifth in the conference at No. 6 singles, received the Sportsmanship Award.
"This award goes to the player who appreciates the game for what it is and positively affects those around him with his attitude," Green said. "Danny learned to love the game and was an example of what could be achieved with a positive attitude and dedicated work."
The Coach Dave Lauer Award, given to the player who exemplifies what any coach could ask for in how they represent the program on and off the court around the campus community, was assessed to senior Carlos Millan. A Glenview, Ill., native, Millan paired with Yuki Shiono to finish fourth at No. 3 doubles in the conference tournament.
"Carlos is an honor student and editor of The Spectrum, is active in several extra-curricular endeavors and made a significant contribution to the team's success," Green said.
The event concluded with a highlight video, which was compiled by several members of the team.
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