Men's Tennis Rakes in Conference Awards in All-NESCAC Honors
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team earned a pair of First Team selections, Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year in awards handed out by the New England Small College Athletic Conference on Friday.
Senior Oscar Pena (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore Samuel King (Rye Brook, N.Y.) jointly earned First Team All-NESCAC in Doubles while Pena netted a Second Team selection in Singles. First-year Kyle Wolstencroft (Greenwich, Conn.) was recognized as the league's Rookie of the Year while head coach Conor Smith was tabbed as the conference Coach of the Year in his debut campaign.
Bowdoin's top doubles pair, Pena and King have put together a 15-6 record this season and will compete in the NCAA doubles tournament later this month. Pena, who received First Team Doubles recognition for the second-straight spring, won the NCAA doubles title in 2011 with former teammate Stephen Sullivan. Wolstencroft went 11-6 in singles play overall, primarily playing in the six spot for the Polar Bears, while putting together a 13-5 mark with partner Doug Caplan in doubles play. Wolstencroft is the second Bowdoin player to be named Rookie of the Year in the league joining Sullivan, who netted the feat in 2008.
First year head coach Conor Smith came away with NESCAC Coach of the Year. Smith's squad reached the final of the conference championship this past weekend for only the second time in program history and consistently ranked among the top ten teams in Division III this spring. He is the second coach in program history to earn Coach of the Year recognition, joining Jane Paterson, who was honored in 2004.
Bowdoin will host Baruch at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.