The Nebraska Wesleyan men’s tennis team had every one of its players receive All-Conference honors when the Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s tennis teams were announced. In addition, freshman Jamie Holmes (Grand Island, Neb.) was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men’s Tennis Player-of-the-Year.
On the singles All-GPAC team, all six NWU players were named All-Conference. Holmes was All-GPAC at No. 1 singles in addition to being named the Player-of-the-Year. Holmes was 18-3 overall and a perfect 7-0 in conference play.
At No. 2 singles, senior Nate Anderson (Fremont, Neb.) was All-GPAC. Anderson was 14-7 overall and also a perfect 7-0 in the GPAC. He finished his career with 56 victories, which is fourth all-time at NWU.
Jamie Holmes’ older brother Eric Holmes (Grand Island, Neb.) was All-GPAC at No. 3 singles. Holmes went 12-7 overall and was 6-1 in the conference. Holmes now has 49 career victories to rank sixth all-time at NWU in singles victories.
Senior Eric Tesmer (Lincoln, Neb.) earned All-GPAC at No. 4 singles. Tesmer was 10-9 overall on the season and went 5-1 in conference play.
Another senior, Eric Hanson (Johnson Lake, Neb.) was All-Conference at No. 5 singles. Hanson was 10-8 overall and 5-1 in GPAC action this season.
At No. 6 singles, junior Scott Ronshaugen (Hastings, Neb.) rounds out the NWU players that earned All-GPAC. Ronshaugen was 6-6 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
In doubles action, two of the three groups were All-GPAC and the other tandem was honorable mention. At No. 1 doubles, Jamie and Eric Holmes teamed up to earn All-Conference. The Holmes brothers went 12-9 overall and were a perfect 7-0 in GPAC action. At No. 2 doubles, Nate Anderson and Eric Tesmer received All-GPAC recognition. Anderson and Tesmer were 14-6 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
Earning honorable mention All-GPAC doubles was the tandem of Eric Hanson and Michael Larsen (Lincoln, Neb.). Hanson and Larsen were 10-9 at No. 3 doubles and 4-1 in conference action.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished the 2008 season with a 13-8 overall record and a 6-1 record in the GPAC. NWU lost in the championship of the NAIA Region III Tournament.