Thirteen Men's Tennis Players Earn ITA All-America Honors
HADLEY, Mass. – Thirteen individuals representing six NESCAC teams have received All-America recognition for the 2011-12 campaign from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), it was announced last week. The figure surpasses the 12 league players honored last spring.
Leading the way for the conference was NESCAC champion Amherst, which had four of its players garner recognition. Austin Chafetz came away with All-Americ for the fourth consecutive year, an impressive feat. Chafetz teamed up with Louis Rattenhuber, a two-time All-American, to win the 2012 NCAA individual doubles title. Mark Kahan claimed All-America honors for the third year in a row. The three were joined by teammate Joey Fritz.
Bowdoin's duo of Oscar Pena and Sam King also earned honors. For Pena, it was the third time over his four-year career with the Polar Bears that All-America was bestowed upon him. Pena received All-America for his singles and doubles play this season and was singled out by the ITA as the Northeast region Senior Player of the Year.
Rob Crampton and Matt Bettles represented Bates among the All-America selections. Crampton came away with singles and doubles honors, while Bettles earned All-America for the second year in a row.
NESCAC Player of the Year Felix Sun of Williams took home his second-straight All-America honor for his singles play. Sun was joined by Trey Meyer and Bryan Chow from the Ephs on the All-America squad. Meyer and Chow won the ITA/National Small College doubles crown last fall. The trio helped Williams finish third in the NCAA men's tennis championship, the best performance by any conference team in the 2012 national tournament.
Rounding out the NESCAC representatives that received All-America were Trinity's Anson McCook and Middlebury's Bratner Jones, both of whom earned honors last year. McCook wrapped up his career with the Bantams with his third-consecutive All-America award.
Twelve of the 13 individuals earned All-NESCAC in some form this season. Nine of the 13 were First Team All-NESCAC.
Among other individual awards handed out by the ITA earlier, Paul Gastonguay and Greg Janssen of Bates were named the Northeast region Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively. Williams' Will Petrie earned the ITA's Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship award, while teammate Matt Micheli was recognized as the Northeast region Player to Watch.
In order to be recognized by the ITA as All-America, a player must meet the following criteria: singles players must be a top eight seed in the NCAA singles tournament, or win one round at the NCAA singles tournament, or finish in the top 20 in the final ITA rankings, or win the ITA Fall Regional tournament, or win first-round match at the ITA National Small College Championships; doulbes players must be among the top four seeds in the NCAA doubles tournament, or win one round at the NCAA doubles tournament, or finish in the top 10 in the final ITA rankings, or win ITA Fall Regional tournament, or win a first round match at the ITA National Small College Championships.