CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Coe College men's tennis team led the Iowa Conference with four All-Iowa Conference selections, totaling six spots between singles and doubles. Head Coach Eric Rodgers was honored as the league's Coach of the Year.
Rodgers received IIAC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time overall and the first time since receiving the honor in three straight years from 2003 to 2005. He led Coe to a 23-8 record overall and a 7-1 mark in the league. Under his direction, the second-seeded Kohawks defeated top-seeded Luther, 5-4, at the Iowa Conference Team Tournament to capture the school's seventh Iowa Conference men's tennis title. The Kohawks advanced to the NCAA Championships, toppling Grinnell, 5-1, in the first round before bowing out to Washington University in St. Louis, 5-0, in a second round match-up at Whitewater, Wis. Rodgers is also a four-time IIAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year (2006-08, 2011).
Freshman Noah Sprinkel (Minneapolis, Minn./South) earned a spot on the All-Iowa Conference Singles and Doubles teams. Sprinkel, who won the Flight A Singles and Doubles Championships, was 23-6 overall in singles and 24-13 overall in doubles on the year. During conference play, Sprinkel was 4-1 in singles and 3-1 in doubles.
Junior Curtis Newman (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny), Sprinkel's IIAC Champion doubles partner, also earned a spot on the singles and doubles teams. Newman was 24-6 in singles on the year, while he was 26-10 in doubles. In league play, Newman was 4-1 in doubles and 6-0 in singles. Newman's .800 winning percentage in singles was the highest of players with over 20 wins in the conference. Newman had the most wins of any undefeated player in conference play.
For the second year in a row, senior Victor Khristenko (Orel, Russia) earned a spot on the All-Iowa Conference Singles team. Khristenko finished the year 19-6 in singles, while he was 3-1 in league play.
Sophomore Sean Stokstad (Ramstein, Germany/Ramstein) earned All-Iowa Conference honors for the first time this year, as he was named to the singles team. Stokstad was 13-15 overall in singles play, but was 4-1 in conference matches. Stokstad earned a win at number two singles, while he was 3-1 at number three singles.
The Kohawks return a majority of their line-up next year, as they lose just two seniors from the varsity line-up. Coe finished 23-8 on the year, while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championships.