TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its 2019 NCAA Division III All-American singles and doubles teams last week and seven student-athletes from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) were honored with All-America distinction.
Carleton sophomore and national runner-up Leo Vithoontien joined Hamline junior Jake Trondson and Gustavus sophomore Ginger Valentine as All-America selections in singles play, while the Gustavus tandem of Chase Johnson and Patrick Whaling joined Bethel sisters Grace Riermann and Maggie Riermann as doubles All-Americans. Vithoontien earned his second straight All-America nod in singles action, while Whaling earned All-America accolades in doubles for the third consecutive season.
The selection criteria for Division III All-Americans is the following: top 8 seed in the NCAA singles tournament, win one round at the NCAA singles tournament, finish in the Top 20 in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. All-American honors are awarded to doubles teams that are a top 4 seed in NCAA doubles tournament, win one round at the NCAA doubles tournament, finish in the Top 10 in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win the USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.