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Men's Tennis Names Year-End Award Winners

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 04/22/2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team announced its 2013-14 year-end award winners, all of which are voted on by members of the team.  The lone exception is the Hap Sorensen Coaches' Award, which is selected by head coach Dave Morin and assistant coach Casey Cullen.

Nadin Indre was selected as the Team MVP for the third straight year, as well as the team's Singles Player of the Year, after capping a memorable career in a Bronco uniform with a strong senior campaign.  Indre went 27-14 in singles play this season, including a dominant 17-6 record at the No. 1 singles position in the line-up.  Indre played some of his best tennis against top competition, going 2-2 against nationally-ranked opponents and posting a 4-0 record against opponents from the Big Ten.   He was himself nationally-ranked to begin the year, coming into the season ranked 124th in the ITA singles rankings and earning himself a spot in the ITA All-American tournament.  

Sophomore Jimmy Beckwith was named the team's Most Improved Player after a season that saw him remain a fixture in the Broncos' line-up.  Beckwith went 14-18 overall in singles play, reaching as high as No. 3 in the line-up where he posted a 3-0 record.  Beckwith was a regular contributor in the doubles line-up as well, going 12-15 overall and 9-6 in dual match doubles.  

The doubles pairing of Michael Treis and Matt Hamilton earned the distinction of being named the Broncos' Doubles Team of the Year after posting a perfect 7-0 record, including a 6-0 mark in dual match doubles.  Hamilton and Treis were 2-0 in MAC play as well, and helped an overall WMU effort that took the doubles point in three of four MAC matches and in each of the last five matches on the schedule.

Hamilton was also selected as the Broncos' Newcomer of the Year, as the freshman made a push midway through the season to become one of the Broncos' most consistent players.  Hamilton recorded a singles record of 24-15 that was second to only Indre's 27-14 mark, winning eight straight matches to end the year and going undefeated in MAC play.  Hamilton improved in doubles play as the season went on, posting a 6-0 mark in dual match doubles after starting the year 4-8 in fall doubles play.  Hamilton's 17-4 record in dual match singles matches Indre's for the best mark on the team.

Rounding out the awards was the Hap Sorensen Coaches' Award, given this year to sophomore Stephen Payne.  Payne provided significant contributions to the team's doubles play this year, tying for third on the team with a 16-16 mark in doubles, including a team-best 14-9 mark in dual matches.  Paired mostly with Indre, Payne went 8-9 at No. 1 doubles, but was a perfect 6-0 in No. 2 doubles when paired with Andrew Cahn.