Lance Wilhelm Named Men's Tennis MVP

May 4, 2012

The Air Force men's tennis program honored the 2011-12 team at its annual banquet Thursday night. Junior Lance Wilhelm was named the team's Most Valuable Player for the third consecutive season and will join sophomore Alex Grubbs as team captains for the 2012-13 campaign.

Wilhelm, from Gig Harbor, Wash., won a team-high 22 singles matches this season, including 15 at the No. 1 position. He was selected to the Mountain West all-conference team for singles and doubles and held a 17-16 doubles record with freshman Grant Taylor, who won the team's Most Improved and the Rich Gugat "Attitude is Everything" Awards.

Grubbs captured the Lightning Bolt Award, given to the player with the most combined dual match wins. He won 15 singles and 14 doubles matches for 29 total wins this year.

Wilhelm and sophomore Alex Lineberry shared the Iron Bolt Award for dedication to the strength and conditioning program and senior Michael Tope was honored as this year's team captain after starting his career as a walk-on manager.

Air Force finished the season, the third under head coach Dan Oosterhous, with an 11-13 overall record. The Falcons posted the most wins in one season since 2007 and had two all-MW picks (Wilhelm and Taylor) for the first time since 2006.

2011-12 Men's Tennis Award Winners:

Most Valuable Player - Junior Lance Wilhelm
Rich Gugat "Attitude is Everything" Award (for character, leadership and attitude) - Freshman Grant Taylor
Iron Bolt Award (most dedicated in strength and conditioning) - Junior Lance Wilhelm and sophomore Alex Lineberry
Most Improved Player - Freshman Grant Taylor
Lightning Bolt Award (for most combined dual match wins) - Sophomore Alex Grubbs