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June 18, 2013

Palmer named MVP for men's tennis

Sophomore Lawrence Palmer was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2013 Augustana men's tennis team after posting a 16-11 record at number one singles and 17-10 in doubles.

Coach Jon Miedema has announced this year's award winners for the Augustana men's tennis team and sophomore Lawrence Palmer (Schiller International, El Prat de Llobregat, Spain) has been named the Vikings' MVP. Junior Kevin Bayles (Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor, Ill.) earned "Hardest Worker" honors.

Palmer, Miedema's number one singles player, went 16-11 this season and teamed with junior Andy Wall (Notre Dame Academy, De Pere, Wis.) to go 17-10 at first doubles, tying the eighth-best single-season win total for a doubles team in school history. Palmer twice earned CCIW Player of the Week recognition and was a first team all-conference selection.  

Bayles (Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor, Ill.) had a big junior season for the Vikings. He went 22-12 in singles, playing mostly in positions three through five. The 22 wins are second most in school history and just one off the school record. In addition, he paired with senior Will Palmer (Schiller International, Leicester, England) to go 10-2 at third doubles, the ninth-best season winning percentage (.833) for a doubles team in school history. Bayles also teamed with freshman Harald Olsson (Lidingo, Sweden) to win the CCIW second doubles title in the fall and his doubles record with all partners this season was a sparkling 25-7.  

The Vikings went 19-11 this year, including 3-2 in the CCIW. They finished fourth at the CCIW tournament this spring.     

2012-13 Augustana Men's Tennis Letter Winners

NAME YEAR HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
Colin Arnold*** Jr Sterling, Ill./HS
Kevin Bayles*** Jr Flossmoor, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor
Jack Cullen**** (C) Sr Madison, Wis./Edgewood
Harald Olsson* Fr Lidingo, Sweden
Lawrence Palmer** So El Prat de Llobregat, Spain/Schiller International School
Will Palmer**** (C) Sr Leicester, England/Schiller International School - Spain
Andy Wall*** Jr De Pere, Wis./Notre Dame Academy
Grant Wick*** Jr Fort Collins, Colo./Windsor