NORTH BOSTON, NY – Penn State Altoona men’s tennis head coach Megan Stern was voted the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s (AMCC) Coach of the Year, and student-athlete Casey Hess (Annville, PA / Annville-Cleona) was named Newcomer of the Year. , and the Lions got six total placements on AMCC’s All-Conference team as of Tuesday, April 26, in the league’s postseason men’s tennis awards.
Stern guided the Penn State Altoona men’s tennis team to its most overall wins (5) since the 2017 season and most AMCC wins (4) since 2015. The Lions have earned a share of AMCC’s regular-season title, as well as Penn State Altoona’s 4- 1 record in conference play tied it atop to take on regular-season standings AMCC’s co-regular season championship status. The Lions received the number one seed in the AMCC Tournament, where they reached the championship match and finished as conference runners-up.
Hess had a terrific first-year campaign with Penn State Altoona, tying for the second-most overall singles wins in a season (10) with Lions’ men’s tennis program. He also led Penn State Altoona this season in overall singles wins and tied for first in the AMCC singles wins (5). In doubles play, Hess tied for the most overall doubles wins (6) and his team on AMCC doubles wins (4). During the season, he was twice named the AMCC Player of the Week, receiving the honor on February 21 and again on March 28.
The Penn State Altoona players were also voted into a total of six spots on the AMCC All-Conference team, earning four first-team and two second-team selections:
First Team All-AMCC
No. 3 Singles: In addition to his AMCC Newcomer of the Year award, Hess also took first-team All-AMCC honors at No. 3 singles position. He played all 11 of his singles matches at No. 3, compiling a team-best 10-1 overall record that included a spotless 5-0 mark against AMCC opponents. Hess also led the conference overall. 3 singles wins and AMCC No. 3 singles wins.
No. 5 Singles: Jake Irwin (Hollidaysburg, PA / Hollidaysburg) took first-team All-AMCC status at No. 1. 5 singles spot, where he compiled a 6-2 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the conference. He led all AMCC players in overall number one. 5 singles wins and conference singles wins that position. This is Irwin’s first career AMCC All-Conference selection.
No. 6 Singles: Kirk Eichenlaub (Hollidaysburg, PA / Hollidaysburg) caps his four-year Penn State Altoona men’s tennis career with a first-team All-AMCC nod at No. 1. 6 singles position. He went 4-0 in the AMCC in no. 6 singles matches, as well as 6-4 overall in that spot. Eichenlaub ranked first in the AMCC overall. 6 singles wins and conference no. 6 singles wins. Additionally, his eight total singles victories are in the fourth-most in a single season for Lions tennis history. This is Eichenlaub’s second career All-AMCC selection, both of which have been first-team All-Conference.
No. 2 Doubles: Penn State Altoona’s No. The 2 doubles team, Micah Brinker (Lock Haven, PA / PA Cyber) and Hess, were voted into the All-AMCC squad of the first team. This season, the duo led their team and the No. 1 overall pick in the AMCC. 2 doubles wins (6) and conference no. 2 doubles wins (4). Brinker and Hess combined to go 6-6 overall with that position in a 4-1 mark against the AMCC competition.
Second Team All-AMCC
No. 2 Singles: Tommy Davis (Memphis, TN / Collierville), with his first season in the Lions tennis team, was selected second-team All-AMCC in. 2 singles. Davis posted a 4-1 AMCC record in that position, tying for the most conference wins among league players and his team on the second-most AMCC singles wins.
No. 1 Doubles: Davis and Joey Toth (South Park, PA / South Park) earned second-team All-AMCC status by posting a 4-1 mark together. 1 doubles this season. The most AMCC doubles wins for their pair, the most number for tying as well. 1 AMCC doubles wins in the conference.