KALAMAZOO, Mich. – For the fourth consecutive year, Branden Metzler has been named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association's men's tennis most valuable player. He headlines a group of five players who were named to either the MIAA's First or Second Teams.
Metzler, a senior from Rockford, Ill., went 23-1 overall this season and finished with a perfect 5-0 conference record in singles. He finished the regular season with an 18-4 doubles record. Heading into postseason play, he holds a career singles record of 85-16. He was the national runner-up in the NCAA tournament in 2016.
Henry, a native of Kalamazoo, burst onto the scene as a freshman this year compiling a 19-4 singles record and a 16-4 doubles record. He was named the MIAA's Player of the Week twice, once in February and again in mid-April.
Rounding out the First Team selections was Dantus, a junior from Okemos. Dantus compiled a 14-7 singles record throughout the season and played side-by-side with Metzler on the doubles court, going 18-4. He was also an MIAA First Team selection in 2016.
De Witt, a senior from Haslett, put together an impressive 16-3 singles campaign in 2017 playing primarily three and four singles for the Hornets. Heading into the postseason he boasts a 53-18 career singles record. This is the third consecutive season De Witt's been named to the league's Second Team.
Vinson, a sophomore from Tallahassee, Fla., is making his second appearance in as many seasons on the MIAA's Second Team. Playing the majority of time at five singles, Vinson compiled a total singles record of 15-3 in 2017. He went 14-5 in doubles playing alongside Henry.
The Hornets begin postseason play tomorrow, May 4, when they host Adrian in the first round of the MIAA tournament at Stowe Stadium.