BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bowdoin's Grant Urken (Purchase, N.Y.) has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Year in awards announced by the conference.
Urken was also named a First Team All-NESCAC performer in singles and doubles, joining classmate Jerry Jiang (Qingdao City, China), who was also named First Team in both singles and doubles.
Urken is just the third Bowdoin player to earn NESCAC Player of the Year recognition, joining Colin Joyner (2003) and McAfee Burke (2005). The defending NCAA Division III singles champion, Urken is the winningest player in Bowdoin school and has totaled 91 career singles victories, including 18 playing at the top of the Bowdoin ladder this year. Urken was selected to the First Team in both singles and doubles this season, bringing his All-NESCAC citation total to six.
Jiang joins his doubles partner Urken as a First Team selection. Jiang is 21-4 playing at the No. 2 position for the Polar Bears and has combined with Urken to post a 16-5 mark as the top doubles team for Bowdoin. Jiang was a Second Team doubles selection in 2018 and as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2016.
The duo have helped the Polar Bears to four straight NCAA Quarterfinal appearances for the first time in program history. Bowdoin is 18-4 this season and will face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the national quarterfinals on Monday, May 20 in Kalamazoo, Mich.