CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Coe College men's tennis team swept the Iowa Conference MVP and Coach of the Year awards, while having seven players honored for their play this season.
Junior Brady Anderson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) was named the Iowa Conference MVP for the second-straight year, while head coach Eric Rodgers earned the Coach of the Year award for the eighth time in his career. In total, seven different Kohawks earned 10 spots on the All-Iowa Conference Singles and Doubles teams, along with a spot on the honorable mention team.
Senior James McManus (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls), Anderson and sophomores Nate Ackert (Sioux Falls, S.D./Washington) and Josh Pudlo (Lakewood, Ill./Crystal Lake Central) were named to both the singles and doubles teams. Senior Alex Bernt (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Columbus) was a singles selection, while freshman Luke Ford (Otsego, Mich./Otsego) was named to the doubles team. Freshman Nate Greiner (Polk City, Iowa/North Polk) earned a spot on the honorable mention team.
Anderson, the 19th ranked player in NCAA Division III by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) had an incredible year, going 26-5 overall and 3-0 in the Iowa Conference. During the fall season, he won the Iowa Conference Flight A Singles and Doubles titles. It is the second year in a row that Anderson has been selected as the league's most valuable player. This is the fifth-straight year that a Kohawk has earned the award and the 14th overall by a Kohawk. Anderson also earned All-Iowa Conference honors in singles and doubles for the third-straight year. Teaming with Greiner, they went 14-4 in doubles play.
With Rodgers at the helm, the Kohawks captured their eighth IIAC AQ title this season to go along with the program's 12th regular season crown. Coe dominated their way through league play in 2017 with a combined conference score of 68-4. In four losses, they dropped one doubles and three singles matches. Finishing conference action with an 8-0 record, they moved their Iowa Conference winning streak to 36 matches in the regular season. Coe finished the season 26-6 overall and ranked 39th in the nation in the final ITA Poll.
Ackert earned singles honors for the second-straight year, while it was his first time earning doubles honors. Ackert was 2-1 in singles play in the IIAC and 12-13 overall, including a 3-0 record at number one. Ackert was 22-7 in doubles play, including a perfect 6-0 record in Iowa Conference play. He was 5-0 when playing the top two doubles spots. Ackert was 13-3 with McManus in doubles play.
Bernt was named to the singles team for the fourth-straight year. In Iowa Conference play, Bernt was 6-0 in singles. He went 24-9 overall, including a 4-0 record when playing either of the top two spots.
McManus earned a spot on both teams in his only season as a Kohawk after transferring in for his senior season. McManus was 2-0 in IIAC singles play and 2-0 in doubles play. Overall, he was 20-6 in singles and won his final seven matches. McManus was 20-7 in doubles, including a 13-3 record with Ackert.
Pudlo was named to the singles team for the first time, while earning doubles honors for the second-straight year. He was 18-8 in singles play, including a 4-0 record in the Iowa Conference. He was also 4-0 when playing the top two spots in the lineup. In doubles play, Pudlo went 23-11 and was 3-1 in the IIAC. Pudlo and Ford went 15-6 in doubles together, with all matches being played at the top spot.
Ford was 12-5 in singles play, including a 5-1 record in league play. He was 7-1 when playing the top three spots in the lineup.
Greiner led the team with 25 doubles wins, as he was 25-7 on the year. He also had a team-best 7-0 doubles record in Iowa Conference play. Greiner and Anderson went 14-4 on the year in doubles together.