April 27, 2010

Five players voted to all-league teams, Miller tabbed coach of the year

WORCESTER, MA- After reaching the conference tournament championship match for the fifth time in program history, the Wheaton College men's tennis team had five players named to all-league teams during Tuesday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) postseason meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  Head coach Lynn Miller, who completed her 21st year with the program, was voted the league's top coach after picking up coach-of-the-year honors for the women last fall.

Senior James Little (Mount Desert, ME/Mount Desert Island) and junior Harry Altman (Riverdale, NY/The Dwight School) were recipients of singles and doubles honors, including Altman being selected to the first squad at sixth singles and third doubles.  Little was named to the all-conference first team at number-two singles and second squad at second doubles.

Joining Altman at third doubles was junior Brian Krantz (Milford, CT/Joseph A. Foran), while classmate Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, MA/Home Schooled) sided with Little in the second slot.  Rounding out the conference honorees was senior Kyle Hudgins (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge), as he was tabbed to the all-league second team at third singles.

After earning second-team singles and doubles accolades as a sophomore, Altman picked up first-team laurels for the initial time.  He tied for third on the team in dual-match victories, going 13-4 from the sixth spot, including 4-1 in the NEWMAC.  In league play, he knocked off opponents from Babson College, Clark University, Springfield College and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Altman and Krantz nabbed their second straight all-league honor as doubles partners, going 13-4 at number three this spring and 4-1 in league play.  In addition to leading the Lyons in doubles victories as a tandem, each also won three doubles matches with other teammates to finish with 16 triumphs apiece over the course of the year.

Little landed the first singles award of his career after drawing all-league doubles honors as a freshman.  He went 12-4 from the second position and 4-1 in conference matches.  Little finished second on the team in overall wins with a record of 15-6.  Like Altman, he also recorded victories over Babson, Clark, Coast Guard and Springfield.

Little and Poulin combined to go 10-7 at second doubles and 4-1 in league play, as Poulin garnered his first career all-conference award.  Stringing together a pair of five-match winning streaks, the duo was victorious in 10 of its final 12 regular season matches.  Their lone two losses in that stretch came against nationally-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and regionally-ranked Tufts University.

Hudgins picked up his third singles honor and first since his sophomore season after pacing this year's team in victories.  He was 17-5 for the year, including 14-4 in dual matches.  Hudgins posted a 13-4 mark in the third position and 4-1 against league foes during the regular season.  He went 11-2 in his last 13 regular season matches, with the only setbacks coming to MIT and Tufts.

Miller, who also notched top coaching honors in 2005, led Wheaton back to the NEWMAC Tournament championship match for the first time since 2007.  She also guided the Lyons to a 14-5 record, as the Blue and White's 14 victories were one shy of the program mark.  Wheaton placed second in the NEWMAC with a 4-1 mark, having advanced at least as far as the conference tournament semifinals for the eighth consecutive spring.

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