May 16, 2013

Rathlev, Chouinard Among Five Receiving LEC Men's Tennis Honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Five members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team have received Little East Conference post-season honors.

Senior Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) and freshman Dan Chouinard (Westport, MA/ Westport HS) earned first team All-LEC honors at number one singles and number five singles, respectively.

Senior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/New York City Tech) was named second team All-Conference at number two singles, junior Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) was named second team at number three singles, and sophomore Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) was named second team at number four singles.

Rathlev was named Player of the Year, and Chouinard was named Rookie of the Year.

Rathlev and Chouinard were both unbeaten against LEC opponents in singles. Rathlev was 5-0 at number one and Chouinard was 4-0 at number five. Dugas was 4-0 at number two singles against LEC opponents, Bejtlich was 3-0 at number three and Lawton was 3-0 at number four. Rathlev was 9-1 overall in singles, while Chouinard was 10-3, Dugas 6-2, Bejtlich 7-4 and Lawton 8-4.

In doubles, Rathlev was 5-0 in the LEC playing with two different partners, Chouinard was 5-1 playing with four different partners, and Bejtlich was 4-1 playing with three different partners.

"Although we didn't win the tournament and qualify for the NCAAs, we had a pretty successful season, and that's indicated by the number of people we had who won awards," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "We had excellent doubles records as well, but everyone didn't play with the same partners all the time."

Rathlev earned Player of the Year honors for the second time in three years, and it marked the third time in five years that a Corsair player claimed the honors since Mason Viau won it in 2009. It was also the third time in five years a UMD player had been named Rookie of the Year. Bejtlich won it in 2011, and Troy Pandolfi claimed it in 2009.  

"The honors are well-deserved and well earned," said Mendell. "Karsten has been the backbone of this team for four out of the last five years, and he's going to be a big loss, not only for the way he played but also for the way he worked with younger players as the captain. A prime example is Dan (Chouinard), who Karsten worked with quite a bit, and whose game improved 100 per cent during the course of the year."

UMass Dartmouth finished second in the Little East with a 9-4 record.

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