San Antonio - Men’s tennis coach Russell McMindes and sophomore Paxton Deuel highlighted five Tiger men's tennis players earning All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors.
Coach McMindes was elected SCAC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year, while Deuel was named the SCAC Men’s Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.
Coach McMindes garnered the coach of the year accolades for the fifth straight year. The fifth-year coach guided the Tigers to a 19th SCAC Championship. Trinity (22-6) defeated Texas Lutheran University 5-0 last month at the Butch Newman Tennis Center. Overall, Coach McMindes has amassed a 97-47 record during his career.
The eighth-ranked Tigers will also make their fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship, starting Saturday at the Regional event in St. Peter, Minnesota. Trinity takes on the winner of Grinnell College and Wisconsin Lutheran University in the second round. The winner advances to Sunday’s third round, and the Regional champion will compete May 19-21 at the NCAA Championship final eight at Claremont, California. It also marks Trinity’s 21st year in the 44-team national tournament.
Deuel became the seventh Trinity player in a row to win the highest conference honor. Last fall, Deuel won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southwest Region Singles Championship. He advanced to the ITA National Small College Championships and completed the prestigious event with a fifth-place finish.
As the No. 1 singles player for the Tigers, Deuel has chalked up a 15-6 record, and is ranked No. 2 in the West Region. Deuel also plays No. 1 doubles (with senior Nico Moreno). The duo are ranked third in the region and stand at 16-10 overall. In addition, the Tiger tandem has won 11 straight matches.
The SCAC Newcomer of the Year award was presented for the first time in men’s tennis conference history.
Joining Deuel on the All-SCAC Team are seniors Moreno and Greg Haugen, along with juniors Jordan Mayer and Charlie Curtis. Moreno stands at 13-11 in singles competition, while Mayer is sporting a 19-2 record, and Curtis has an 11-2 mark.