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Men’s tennis ties team record with six all-MIAC awards

<ir="ltr">Showcasing the depth of the Knights’ roster, the Carleton College men’s tennis team had six players named the All-MIAC squad. Junior Patton McClelland(Rock Hill, S.C./Charlotte Latin School) earned his second straight honor in singles, while sophomore Kevin Mei (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and rookies Jordon O’Kelly (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) and Andrew Qi (Auckland, New Zealand/Saint Kentigern) earned their first singles award. Both Ezra Frankel (Jr./Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill School) and Aaron Goodman (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./St. Louis Park) secured their first all-conference recognition for doubles.

The half-dozen Knights to earn All-MIAC recognition matches Gustavus Adolphus for most in the conference this season and equals the Carleton College record achieved six previous times (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011).

McClelland paced the Knights with 16 singles victories this season, including an impressive 8-1 ledger in conference matches. He spent time at four different spots in the lineup. Mei’s win total (11) at first singles was second-highest among MIAC players to appear in at least 20 matches atop the lineup.

O’Kelly and Qi both reached double figures in victories in their inaugural campaigns. Kelly spent his time at the top two spots in the lineup, while Qi picked up wins at the top three spots.

The Knights used 18 different combinations throughout the year during doubles, and none had greater success than the tandem of Frankel and Goodman, who teamed up for 12 victories.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the conference also announced the 10th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for tennis. McClelland was selected by his coaches and teammates for this award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

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