CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Coe College had a league-high seven players honored by the Iowa Conference for the men's tennis season, including the league's top player and coaching honors.
Sophomore Noah Sprinkel (Minneapolis, Minn./South) was named the Iowa Conference MVP, while also earning all-conference honors in singles and doubles. Head Coach Eric Rodgers was named the league's Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with Buena Vista's Kevin McCadams. Freshman Yasushi Inoue (Kokubunji, Tokyo/Waseda) and senior Curtis Newman (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) were named to both the All-Iowa Conference singles and doubles teams.
Freshman Riley Galbraith (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) and junior Sean Stokstad (Ramstein, Germany/Ramstein) were selected to the singles team. Freshman Ryan Hickman (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson) and junior Michael Janssen (Oshkosh, Wis./Lourdes) were honorable mention selections.
Sprinkel posted a 48-13 overall record, including a 21-7 mark in singles play. In the fall, he took third at the Iowa Conference Individual Championships and advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Division III Midwest Region Championships. Sprinkel was ranked sixth in the May 2 ITA Central Region singles rankings and was selected for the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships at Kalamazoo, Mich., where he fell, 6-4, 7-5, to Amherst's Andrew Yaraghi in the first round.
In doubles, he partnered with Newman to post a 27-6 mark, winning the title at the Iowa Conference Individual Championships and advancing to the quarterfinal round at the USTA/ITA Division III Midwest Region Championships. Sprinkel and Newman were ranked sixth in the May 2 ITA Central Region singles rankings and was selected as Central Region alternates for the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships at Kalamazoo, Mich.
Sprinkel is the sixth Coe player to be named Iowa Conference MVP, accounting for 10 total honors, and the first since Greg Janssen in 2010.
Rodgers received IIAC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time overall and the second year in succession. He led Coe to a 32-2 record overall and a 7-0 mark in the league, winning the school's eighth Iowa Conference men's tennis title. Under his direction, the top-seeded Kohawks defeated fifth-seeded Wartburg and second-seeded Luther by identical 5-0 scores to win the Iowa Conference AQ Tournament. The Kohawks advanced to the NCAA Championships, earning a first-round bye. Coe dropped Earlham, 5-3, in the second round before bowing out to 10th-ranked Washington University in St. Louis, 5-1, in a third round match-up. Rodgers is also a five-time IIAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year (2006-08, 2011-12).
Inoue finished the year with a 22-5 record in singles play and 19-5 in doubles play. Newman was 20-3 in singles play and 29-6 in doubles play, while winning the final 11 singles matches of his career. Newman's 83 career singles wins are the sixth most in school history, while his 48 doubles wins with Sprinkel are the fifth most in school history. Newman and Sprinkel's 27 wins this year were the third most in school history. Newman is Coe's career doubles leader with 98 victories, while his 29 this year were tied for the third most. Newman's 181 career wins are the fourth most in school history.
Galbraith was 21-11 in singles play, including a 6-0 record at number one, while he was 16-5 in doubles play. Stokstad was 13-11 in singles play and 23-6 in doubles play. Hickman was 23-4 in singles play and 8-2 in doubles. Janssen was 6-3 in singles and 24-6 in doubles play.
The Kohawks finished the season with a 32-2 record and appearance in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Coe won the first 29 matches of the year en route to the Iowa Conference Championship.