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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 10, 2010

Bearcat tennis teams win conference titles, numerous individual honors

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest men's and women's tennis teams recently capped successful 2010 seasons that included player and coach of the year honors, conference titles and a fifth straight NCAA tournament bid for the men's team.

From the men's team, five singles players and one doubles duo from the regular season co-champion and tournament champion were named first-team All-MIAA.

Junior Malcolm Harrison was named the MIAA's Player of the Year with a 22-3 record at No. 1 singles and 18-7 at No. 1 doubles. He began the season with 14 consecutive singles wins and beat the top player of nine nationally-ranked teams in duals this season. Harrison is the first Northwest Player of the Year since the MIAA switched to its current championship format in 2003. He went 4-0 in both singles and doubles play in helping the 21st-ranked Bearcats win the conference tournament.

Northwest tennis head coach Mark Rosewell was selected MIAA Coach of the Year for the seventh time in men's tennis after guiding the Bearcats to their first conference title since 2002. Under Rosewell, the men's tennis program qualified for the NCAA tournament for the fifth consecutive season and for the 10th time in the last 11 years. It was their 22nd overall postseason appearance and 13th since the shift to the team format in 1983. The Bearcats also picked up their MIAA-record 15th conference championship on April 25.

Felipe Gennari (21-10, 4-1 MIAA), Calvin Patterson (22-3, 5-0), Ryan Westerhof (9-4, 4-0) and Giovanni Auricchio (18-4, 4-0) were first-team choices at the Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles positions, respectively. Auricchio, a junior, is a three-time All-MIAA choice while Gennari, a senior, is an All-MIAA singles player for the second time. Patterson was a unanimous selection.

Gennari and Patterson (9-2, 4-1) also were first-team selections at No. 3 doubles. Westerhof and teammate Vijit Sehgal (20-8, 3-2) earned second-team nods at No. 2 doubles. It's the third all-conference doubles honor for Gennari and second for Sehgal.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) also named Northwest senior Felipe Gennari the South Central Region's Senior Tennis Player of the Year. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gennari was 21-10 in singles play and 24-6 in doubles play this season for a combined record of 45-16. He played mostly at No. 2 and 3 singles this season for the Bearcats and at No. 3 doubles with partners Calvin Patterson and Daniel Quesada. In four seasons, Gennari amassed a 64-31 record in singles play and a 67-31 mark in doubles. His 131 career wins place him seventh on Northwest's all-time list.

The men's season ended May 7 with a national tournament loss, which also ended the Bearcats' 11-match win streak. The men compiled a program-record 22 wins against five losses.

From the Northwest women's team, three singles players and two doubles teams were named All-MIAA. Veronica Castilla, Sureena Weir and Lindsay Weideman were among five Bearcats honored on the 2010 All-MIAA Women's Tennis Team.

Castilla (17-5, 7-0 MIAA) is a first-team choice at No. 3 singles. The 2007 MIAA Freshman of the Year, Castilla is a four-time All-MIAA pick. She earned second-team honors as a freshman and sophomore and has been a first-team choice the past two seasons. Castilla has combined for 140 collegiate wins in singles and doubles play.

Weir (18-4, 6-0 MIAA) and Weideman (14-7, 7-0 MIAA) are second-team selections at No. 4 and 5 singles, respectively. Castilla (15-8, 6-1 MIAA) was the first-team pick at No. 4 singles.

In addition, Northwest's No. 2 and 3 women's doubles teams earned second-team honors. Castilla and teammate Lisa Pendrak (15-7) were 6-1 in conference play with their lone loss occurring while playing in the No. 1 doubles position. Weir and doubles partner Brittney Browning (9-1) were 4-1 from the No. 3 position.

The Northwest women's tennis team clinched the MIAA regular season title April 21 with an unblemished 7-0 record. It was the Bearcats' 10th match win in a row and gave them the top seed in the MIAA tournament. The women finished their season with a loss in the conference championship match against Washburn.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468