Men's Tennis Lauded in All-NESCAC Awards

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team was honored with several awards in All-NESCAC teams announced by the league on Thursday afternoon.

Head coach Conor Smith was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year while first-year Jerry Jiang (Qingdao City, China) earned Rookie of the Year. Luke Tercek (Washington, D.C.) and Luke Trinka (Oak Park, Ill.) were also named as First Team All-NESCAC selections.

Tereck, a sophomore, and Trinka, a senior, were selected to the All-NESCAC First Team in doubles for the first time in their collegiate careers following a 17-5 season in the No. 1 position for the Polar Bears. Tereck also landed on the First Team in singles, as he amassed an 18-8 record while reaching the finals at the USTA/ITA New England Regional Championship and the Wallach Invitational this fall. Trinka was named to the Second Team in singles following a 12-4 campaign. The pair will compete in the NCAA doubles championship while Tereck will also participate in the NCAA singles championship.

Jiang was selected as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year following a fantastic first-year campaign. At No. 4 singles throughout the spring, he went 16-5 for the Polar Bears. Jiang has been paired with Kyle Wolfe all season at No. 2 doubles, as the duo reached the USTA/ITA New England Regional Championship semifinal last fall and posted a 14-6 mark. Jiang is the third Bowdoin player to collect the award, joining Kyle Wolstencroft (2012) and Stephen Sullivan (2008).

Conor Smith of Bowdoin was voted the NESCAC Coach of the Year by his peers for the second time in his five-year career, having also received the accolade in 2012. Smith led the Polar Bears to the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championship, which matched the program's highest-ever seed in the conference tournament. Bowdoin also earned its 15th trip to the NCAA Tournament in 17 seasons and 18th appearance overall.

The Polar Bears (15-3) will open play at the NCAA Championship on Saturday at noon when they play the winner of Friday's first round match between Colby-Sawyer and Nichols.