Men's Tennis Dominates Post-Season Awards - Lee Is Player Of The Year, Schwarz Is Coach Of The Year

May 18, 2010

The Middlebury College men's tennis team dominated NESCAC honors when the league announced its all-conference teams. Seniors Eliot Jia (Mount Desert, Maine), Andrew Lee (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Conrad Olson (Waterloo, Belgium), Andrew Thomson (Bloomfield, Mich.) and junior Andrew Peters (Baltimore, Md.) all earned first-team All-NESCAC honors. Lee was named the NESCAC Player of the Year, while head coach Dave Schwarz was named the conference's Coach of the Year. The ITA also announced its regional awards, as Schwarz earned Northeast Coach of the Year honors and Lee was named the Senior Player of the Year. Thomson was honored by receiving the prestigious Arthur Ashe award.

A two-time All-NESCAC second-team singles selection in each of the last two years, Lee earned first-team singles honors for the first time in his career as he is 13-1 primarily at #2 for the Panthers with wins over every conference opponent he has faced this spring. His doubles play with Thomson has been equally impressive, going 16-2 in dual match action at #1 and winning both the ITA New England Regional and National Small College Championships in the fall. Thomson joined Lee in earning singles first-team honors during his final season in the league, as the 2007 Rookie of the Year is 12-1 mainly at #4 for Middlebury. He previously earned second-team singles and doubles in 2009 and first-team doubles in 2008. Peters rounded out the trio of Andrews from Middlebury on the All-Conference first-team with a singles nod. Peters is 11-3 in duals primarily at #1 and won the ITA New England Regional Championship over fellow Panther Thomson in three sets in September. He went on to finish as the runner-up at the ITA national tournament weeks later. Also from Middlebury on the All-NESCAC first-team were Olson and Jia. Olson, the 2006 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and the 2009 Co-Player of the Year, paired up with Jia, and are 15-3 since mid-March.

Middlebury head coach David Schwarz was the choice among the coaches for NESCAC Coach of the Year. It was the fourth time that Schwarz has won the honor, as he earned it outright in 2002 and shared the award in 2004 and again in 2008. Also named the ITA Northeast Coach of the Year, Schwarz owns a record of 171-37 over 10 years at Middlebury, leading the team to its sixth NESCAC Title and its ninth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Thomson was the Northeast winner of the ITA's Arthur Ashe award. The award is given for leadership and sportsmanship, and goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.