Lance Wilhelm Named Men's Tennis MVP
May 10, 2010
The Air Force men's tennis program honored the 2009-10 team at its annual banquet on Tuesday, May 4. Freshman Lance Wilhelm was named the team's Most Valuable Player for the '09-10 season, while Taylor Soster was named team captain for the 2010-11 campaign.
Wilhelm, from Gig Harbor, Wash., became just the fourth freshman in the history of the program to earn the MVP award, following Jason Anderson (1997), Shannon Buck (2003) and Cody Hall (`09). He led the Falcons with 20 overall singles wins and 13 dual match wins this season, all at the No. 1 position, the most at that spot by a Falcon since Buck had 18 in 2006.
Wilhelm opened the season with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Yannick Weihs of Denver, the Mountain Region's second-ranked player, and posted AFA's first singles victory over BYU since 2006 with a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(2) victory over Evan Urbina in his first career MWC match.
Soster, meanwhile, paired with senior Brett Rodgers to post an impressive 21-12 overall doubles record, the first 20-win season by an AFA doubles team since 2003, when current assistant coach Tyler McClung and Eric Pittman combined for a 25-6 mark.
A junior from Allen, Texas, Soster played all but one of his singles matches at the No. 3 position, with his biggest win coming in a 4-3 victory over service-academy rival Army. Soster defeated Chris Albornoz, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 3 spot less than 24 hours after suffering food poisoning.
Air Force finished the season, the first under new head coach Dan Oosterhous, with a 10-13 overall record.