Michael Liu, Men's Tennis, Wesleyan University
Michael Liu played an instrumental role in Wesleyan’s historic 2017 season, in which the Cardinals set numerous program records. He also excelled in the classroom, and continued to show class on the court en route to his second consecutive Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award from the NESCAC. The award is given annually to the individual who best combined and displayed a high standard of tennis coupled with the highest levels of sportsmanship. He remains the only Cardinal ever to earn this honor.
Playing primarily from No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles, Lui helped guide Wesleyan to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. The Cardinals reached the quarterfinals, and set program records in overall wins (15) and NESCAC victories (8) as it finished the season with a 15-4 mark and an 8-1 league ledger.
Liu was named to the All-NESCAC Team for the third straight season, as he earned Second Team laurels in both singles and doubles play. He was also a First Team All-NESCAC selection in singles as a junior and sophomore, and also earned ITA All-America laurels in singles play during his sophomore campaign. In addition to his success on the court, Liu was named to the Academic All-NESCAC Team all three years he was eligible, and was also a three-time recipient of the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. At the end of the year, the computer science and economics major was named the Maynard Award winner at Wesleyan as the top male senior scholar-athlete.