GPAC All-Conference Tennis Teams Announced, Steinke Named Coach of the Year

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) has announced the 2018 GPAC Men’s and Women’s All-Conference teams, as voted on by the league coaches. Midland University head coach John Steinke was named the Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year as he guided both teams to a GPAC Regular Season Championship.

Kelsey Brown of Hastings College was named the Women’s Tennis Player of the Year while Ignacio Morell of Doane University was name the Men’s Player of the Year.

Midland landed five men on the first team singles team. Salvador Almeida (Fr., Estoril, Portugal) at No. 1, Jack Fryer (Jr., Sittingbourne, United Kingdom) at No. 2, Jaime Olarieta (Jr., Madrid, Spain) at No. 3, Ryan Vitera (Jr., Grand Island, Nebraska) at No. 4, and Enrique Del Rio (So., Omaha, Nebraska) at No. 6. Dylan Hatanelas (Jr., Cheyenne, Wyoming) was named honorable mention.

In doubles, the No. 2 pair of Fryer and Hatanelas and No. 3 pair of Vitera and Del Rio both earned All-Conference recognition. Almeida and Olarieta were honorable mention.

On the ladies side, three players earned singles All-GPAC honors. Annie Allmand (Jr., Holdrege, Nebraska) at No. 2, Christina Villareal (So., Scottsbluff, Nebraska) at No. 4 and Danielle Martin (So., Le Mars, Iowa) at No. 6. Gretchen Cooper (Fr., Prairie Village, Kansas) was named an honorable mention.

Martin and Carolyn Howton (Jr., Gering, Nebraska) earned All-GPAC recognition in No. 3 doubles. Cooper and Sarah Wood (Fr., Shenandoah, Iowa) were honorable mentions as were Allmand and Villareal.

A complete list of the GPAC All-Tennis Teams can be found here: Men’s All-GPAC Team and Women’s All-GPAC Team.

Midland men and women just missed out on qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament as they were runners-up this past weekend in the GPAC Postseason Tournament.

 

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