Principia Sweeps SLIAC Men's Tennis Awards

Principia Sweeps SLIAC Men's Tennis Awards

The Principia College men's tennis program swept the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference individual awards for the 2016-17 season. Principia's Jules Kitchingman was named the SLIAC Player of the Year while his teammate Greg Sovie picked up SLIAC Newcomer of the Year honors. Principia head coach Rusty Jones was named the SLIAC Coach of the Year.

Kitchingman, a sophomore from Mount Waverley, Australia, rolled through conference play with a perfect 4-0 record. He totaled 11 overall wins this season, playing at both the #1 and #2 spots on the Panthers team. Kitchingman added another four conference wins in doubles play and finished with 22 combined overall wins this year.

Sovie, a freshman from Maggie Valley, N.C., stepped in during his first collegiate season to help lead the Panthers to the SLIAC Tournament title. Sovie captured the winning point in the tournament last week. He recorded seven combined wins in conference play with four of them coming during singles action. Overall this year Sovie notched 20 wins while playing among the top two lineup spots and as part of the Panthers top doubles team.

Rusty Jones led the Panthers to a 10-6 overall record this past season, going undefeated in SLIAC play and leading the program to the 2017 SLIAC Tournament title. Jones becomes the fifth different Principia head coach to win conference Coach of the Year.

In addition, the SLIAC recognized a member from each program for outstanding sportsmanship during the season. Those winners are Blake Wisniewski, from Fontbonne University; Blake Gocey, from Greenville College; Nat Kenworthy, from Principia College; Carlos Gonzalez, from Webster University; and Pete Hasenmueller, from Westminster College.

For a full list of the 2016-17 SLIAC Men's Tennis All-Conference team see below:

SLIAC First Team All-Conference
Singles Player School
#1 Jules Kitchingman
Principia
#2 Greg Sovie
Principia
#3 Nat Kenworthy
Principia
#4 Brody Swan
Principia
#5 Dan Wagstaff
Principia
#6 Jeremiah Brannon
Greenville
Doubles Players School
#1 Greg Sovie
Principia
  Brody Swan
 
#2 Nat Kenworthy
Principia
  Jules Kitchingman
 
#3 Peter Griswold
Principia
  Dan Wagstaff
 
SLIAC Honorable Mention All-Conference
Singles Player School
#1 Nate Wieland
Greenville
#2 Pete Hasenmueller
Westminster
#3 Scott Strough
Westminster
#4 Austin Burkhart
Greenville
#5 Brock Renshaw
Greenville
#6 Peter Griswold
Principia
Doubles Player School
#1 Justin Tilford
Greenville
  Nate Wieland
 
#2 Pete Hasenmueller
Westminster
  Reese Hicks
 
#3 Micah Harlan
Greenville
  Brock Renshaw
 
SLIAC All-Sportsmanship Team  
Fontbonne Blake Wisniewski
 
Greenville Blake Gocey
 
Principia Nat Kenworthy
 
Webster Carlos Gonzalez
 
Westminster Pete Hasenmueller
 
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