McKie And Kozlowski Lead Drake MVC Award Winners
WICHITA, Kan. – The Drake men's tennis team was well represented when the annual Missouri Valley Conference postseason awards were announced on Thursday (April 25).
The Bulldogs garnered Player of the Year accolades for the seventh-consecutive campaign as senior James McKie (Edinburgh, Scotland) became the fifth Drake player to earn the award since its inception in 2007.
Chosen by his peers as the MVC Coach of the Year was head coach Davidson Kozlowski.
A five-time league Player of the Week selection, McKie was named an All-MVC first-selection in singles for the second-straight year after posting a 4-1 conference mark en route to a 16-5 ledger in the dual campaign. As a junior, he was named to the All-MVC first team at the No. 2 position after earning MVC All-Select honors as both a freshman and sophomore.
Garnering first team recognition in singles were McKie, sophomore Alen Salibasic (Tuzla, Bosnia&Herzegovina) and junior Robin Goodman (Cambridge, England) at the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles slots, respectively. The trio finished with an 11-2 combined league mark, including a perfect 4-0 record from Goodman.
Being tabbed to the All-MVC first team for the initial time in singles was Goodman, while Salibasic captured recognition for the second year in a row after being chosen at No. 4 singles as a freshman.
Salibasic owns a 32-9 singles mark this season, including 17-5 during the dual campaign.
Goodman has turned in a breakout year netting a team-best 35-4 singles ledger and a 4-0 MVC mark, while rattling off 11-straight victories entering MVC Championship action this weekend.
Pulling in MVC All-Select team accolades on the strength of a 41-19 combined singles/doubles ledger was senior Jean Erasmus (Windhoek, Namibia). He maintains a 24-6 singles record this season, including 13-5 during the dual campaign.
The top-seeded Bulldogs (23-2) open play at the MVC Championship on Saturday (April 27) in Wichita, Kan., against the winner of the No. 4 Illinois State/No. 5 Bradley match at 10:00 a.m.