The Nebraska Wesleyan men’s tennis team took home all the major awards when the 2011 GPAC Men’s Tennis All-Conference teams were announced. Senior Jamie Holmes and junior Nate Hoppe joined Concordia player Jonathan Schleicher as the GPAC co-Player’s-of-the-Year. Rick Harley was named the GPAC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year.
On the singles All-GPAC team, four NWU players were All-Conference and two received honorable mention. All three Nebraska Wesleyan doubles teams were All-GPAC.
Jamie Holmes (Grand Island, Neb.) is the GPAC Player of the Year for the second time in his career after also earning the honor in 2008. Holmes led NWU with a 15-7 overall record going 6-1 in GPAC play.
At No. 2 singles, Nate Hoppe (Lincoln, Neb.) was a perfect 7-0 in GPAC play and 14-7 overall to share GPAC Player of the Year honors and be named First-Team All-GPAC at No. 2 singles.
Sophomore Jordan Barrett (Hastings, Neb.) was All-GPAC at No. 5 singles going 8-13 overall and 4-2 in GPAC play. Fellow sophomore Ryan McCarty (Grand Island, Neb.) was All-GPAC at No. 6 singles with a perfect 6-0 conference record and a 9-9 overall mark.
Mike Larsen (Lincoln, Neb.) and Drew Placek (Omaha, Neb.) both earned honorable mention All-GPAC in singles play. It was the third straight season Larsen was honorable mention All-GPAC and second straight for Placek.
In doubles action, Holmes and Hoppe were All-GPAC at No. 1 doubles with a 14-8 overall record going 6-1 in GPAC. Larsen and Placek teamed up to go 5-1 in GPAC play and earn All-GPAC at No. 2 doubles. The final doubles team of McCarty and Seth Shimerda (Lincoln, Neb.) were unbeaten at 6-0 in No. 3 doubles to earn All-GPAC at that spot.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished the 2011 season with a 11-11 overall record and a perfect 7-0 mark in the GPAC to earn the conference regular season championship.