by Drury Athletics
Drury’s Nico Hadeler was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year in men’s tennis, and the Panthers had three players named to the all-conference team as the league announced their end-of-season awards Thursday night in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Hadeler, a junior from Heilshoop, Germany, was named the GLVC Player of the Year after going 15-2 in singles and 13-4 in doubles. He is currently ranked 10th in singles at the NCAA-II, and the doubles team with Hadeler and Gregor Kokalj is ranked 32nd in the nation. Hadeler was also a unanimous selection to the All-GLVC team and this year’s honor is the third time he has been named to the all-conference squad.
Hadeler’s Player of the Year award also marks the seventh time a Drury player has won that honor in the GLVC. Maxi Hepp was the last Panther to win that award when he was named Player of the Year in 2016. Andy Blair won the award twice (2011 and 2012), as did Stefan Borg (2007 and 2008). Matias Oddone was named Player of the Year in 2006 following Drury’s first season in the GLVC.
Two other Panthers were named to the All-GLVC team. Augustin Diot, a sophomore from Thoiry, France, was honored after going 14-3 in singles and 10-7 in doubles play. Gregor Kokalj was also selected to the All-GLVC team as the sophomore from Litija, Slovenia went 14-3 in singles and posted a 13-4 doubles record with Hadeler.
Drury went 13-4 in the regular season and 6-0 in the GLVC marking their 14th straight undefeated season in the conference. The Panthers take on Southern Indiana on Friday in the quarterfinals of the GLVC tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.