San Antonio - Trinity's men's tennis team placed five players on the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference team, led by SCAC Player of the Year Aaron Skinner and SCAC Coach of the Year Russell McMindes.
It marked the fourth straight time Coach McMindes has earned the honor, in as many years at the Tigers helm. Eighth-ranked Trinity won its 18th SCAC Championship - and the fourth under Coach McMindes - after blanking Colorado College 9-0 in the SCAC title match at the Butch Newman Tennis Center.
Skinner (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge) earned his spot as the team's top singles player after winning the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Small College Singles Championship last fall.
He is currently ranked seventh in the West Region singles, and No. 2 in doubles. Skinner amassed a 9-12 record at No. 1 singles, and a 15-4 mark in No. 1 doubles - most of which came alongside junior Nicolas Moreno (Saratoga, CA/ Colegio Aleman, Columbia) (14-4).
In addition to being named the fourth Tiger player since 2008 to win conference player of the year honors, Skinner was also selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship, held May 23-25 at Kalamazoo (MI) College.
Joining Skinner on the All-SCAC team were senior Erick Delafuente (El Paso, TX/Coronado), junior Greg Haugen (Austin, TX/Bowie), and sophomores Jordan Mayer (San Antonio, TX/Churchill) and Charlie Curtis (St. Louis, MO/MICDS).
Coach McMindes has compiled a career record of 72-39 at Trinity, and will lead the Tigers to their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend. The Tigers have received a first-round bye, and will open play at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Trinity's opponent will be the winner of Ohio Northern and Concordia (WI) who meet on Friday.
Wisconsin-Whitewater takes on Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday, and the winners of the second-round matches play Sunday at noon in the regional final. At stake is a berth in the NCAA Team Championship May 20-22 at Kalamazoo.