Chris Wettengel (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville HS) was given the Phil Brain Memorial Award as the Golden Gophers' Most Valuable Player. Wettengel has a 26-8 overall singles record and a 15-6 mark in dual matches this season while competing at the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 positions.
Junior Avery Ticer (Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa HS) took home the Len Bailey Award for Grit and Determination for the second consecutive season. Ticer has battled injury in the latter half of the season, but has manged to compile a 23-10 overall singles record, including a 6-0 mark in Big Ten matches.
The Golden Gophers (14-9, 8-2 Big Ten), led by Head Coach David Geatz and Assistant Coach Adam Cohen, received a bid for the 2004 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships today and will head to Durham, N.C., for the first and second rounds on May 15-16. Minnesota will make its 11th straight appearance in the NCAA Championships and will face No. 33 Clemson in the first round.
Following is a compete list of the 2003-04 Minnesota men's tennis awards:
Phil Brain Memorial Award (Most Valuable Player) - Chris Wettengel
Team Spirit Award - Andres Osorio
Louis Ratner Memorial Award (for outstanding contribution to Golden Gopher tennis) - Aleksey Zharinov
Unsung Player of the Year - Clay Estes
Jerry Noyce-Nike Most Improved Player - Brian Lipinski
Len Bailey Award (for Grit and Determination) - Avery Ticer