2017 NAC East Men's Tennis All-Conference Announced: Chasse, Jigrup & Mason Claim Top Honors

Colby-Sawyer junior Gustav Jigrup (Vastra Frolunda, Sweden) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East Division Men's Tennis Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season, while Thomas freshman Ryan Chasse (Fort Kent, Maine) was tabbed Rookie of the Year and MCLA senior Jeffrey Mason (Chicopee, Mass.) was named the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. Trailblazer head coach Trevor Grimshaw was voted the NAC East Coach of the Year and seven men's tennis student-athletes were selected to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2017 All-Conference announcement.

NAC East All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.


 

Jigrup has continued to have a positive impact on the East Division of the NAC, earning back-to-back conference Player of the Year honors. The junior leads the Colby-Sawyer squad with a 13-8 overall singles record, while also going 4-0 in conference action at the top flight. In NAC East doubles competition, he went 4-0 with a 3-0 record at No. 1 and 1-0 at No. 2. Jigrup is on a six-match winning streak, including a notable victory over Gordon College's No. 1, who currently sits at 14-7. Impressively during the fall season, Jigrup won the B Singles title at the Nichols College Tennis Invitational by winning both of his matches in straight sets over competitors from Clark and Nichols. The Chargers enter this weekend's NAC East Division Championship Tournament as the No. 1 seed and look to capture their sixth-consecutive NAC East Title.

 

 


Chasse has had a remarkable rookie campaign as a Terrier, tallying a near-perfect 5-1 record in singles and doubles at the No. 1 flight in NAC East action. Impressively, the freshman's only losses during the conference regular season were to the two-time NAC East Player of the Year, Gustav Jigrup, in singles and to the first team all-conference pair of Jigrup and 2016 NAC East Rookie of the Year, Alex Wright. Overall Chasse has compiled an 8-7 record at No. 1 singles and a 10-5 record at No. 1 doubles with partner Zachary Disch. In his last 10 matches he has compiled an 8-2 record in both singles and doubles. Chasse earned NAC East Player of the Week once this season, while also earning two NAC East Rookie of the Week honors. Thomas enters this weekend's NAC East Division Championship Tournament as the No. 2 seed.

 

 


Mason is a Chemistry major at MCLA, while also pursuing a minor in both Biology and Education. He has served as a role model in both the classroom and on the court and is being acknowledged for his commitment to tennis and to his studies. Impressively, he has been named to the Dean's List every semester at MCLA. The senior is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Alpha Chi. As a junior, Mason was named to the NAC East Sportsmanship Team after distinguishing himself through acts of ethical behavior and clearly demonstrating sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the tennis playing rules and etiquette. He has been an active member of the Trailblazers squad all four years of his career and saved his best season for his final campaign, going 3-3 in conference singles matches. 

 

 

 

 

Grimshaw, who is in only his third season at the helm of the Trailblazers, has earned his first NAC East Coach of the Year honor. He led his squad to their second postseason appearance in three seasons on the heels of a 3-3 conference mark in 2017. MCLA enters this weekend's NAC East Division Championship Tournament as the No. 4 seed. Overall, he sports a 12-19 lifetime record with an 8-10 record in conference matches. Over his three year reign, he has coached a pair of All-NAC performers in junior Aaron Goldsmith and senior Rob Wabshinak, as both have been named all-conference honorees every season under his guidance.

 

 


Joining Jigrup and Chasse on the first team singles all-conference squad were Castleton senior Seth Marcil (Brattleboro, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer sophomore Alex Wright (St. Austell, Cornwall, England) and senior Dean Boodakian (Burlington, Mass.), and MCLA junior Aaron Goldsmith (Mattapan, Mass.).

First team doubles selections include the Colby-Sawyer duo's of Jigrup and Wright and Boodakian and senior Ryan Sawyer (Edgartown, Mass.) and the Thomas tandem of Chasse and junior Zachary Disch (Waterville, Maine).

Second team singles honorees include Castleton senior Quentin Barthe (Bordeaux, France) and junior Ryan Mulder (Ottawa, Ont.), Colby-Sawyer's R. Sawyer, Green Mountain sophomore Kei Sako (Aichi-ken, Japan), MCLA senior Robert Wabshinak (Brewster, N.Y.), and Thomas' Disch.  

Second team doubles choices include the Castleton pair of Barthe and Marcil, MCLA partners Goldsmith and Wabshinak, and the Thomas freshmen team of Jared Waterhouse (Dayton, Maine) and Kaleb Payson (Lamoine, Maine).

The NAC East Men's Tennis Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the men's tennis culture and match environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the tennis playing rules and etiquette. The following seven individuals have been selected to the 2017 Sportsmanship Team, Castleton's Marcil, Colby-Sawyer junior Ryan Broderick (Londonderry, N.H.), Green Mountain senior Eric Wade (Rutland, Vt.), Johnson State senior Brady Rainville (Danville, Vt.), Lyndon senior Tyler Hall (Keene, N.H.), MCLA sophomore Jack Peterson (Barre, Mass.), and Thomas' Chasse.  

2017 NAC East Division Men's Tennis All-Conference Teams

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First Team Singles
Dean Boodakian, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
Ryan Chasse, Freshman, Thomas            
Aaron Goldsmith, Junior, MCLA
Gustav Jigrup, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
Seth Marcil, Senior, Castleton
Alex Wright, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer 

First Team Doubles
Colby-Sawyer - Dean Boodakian, Senior / Ryan Sawyer, Senior
Colby-Sawyer - Gustav Jigrup, Junior / Alex Wright, Sophomore
Thomas - Ryan Chasse, Freshman / Zachary Disch, Junior 

Second Team Singles
Quentin Barthe, Senior, Castleton
Zachary Disch, Junior, Thomas  
Ryan Mulder, Junior, Castleton
Kei Sako, Sophomore, Green Mountain
Ryan Sawyer, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
Robert Wabshinak, Senior, MCLA 

Second Team Doubles
Castleton - Quentin Barthe, Junior / Seth Marcil, Senior
MCLA - Aaron Goldsmith, Junior / Robert Wabshinak, Senior
Thomas - Kaleb Payson, Freshman / Jared Waterhouse, Freshman 

Player of the Year
Gustav Jigrup, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
Rookie of the Year
Ryan Chasse, Freshman, Thomas
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Jeffrey Mason, Senior, MCLA
Coach of the Year
Trevor Grimshaw, 3rd season, MCLA 

Sportsmanship Team
Ryan Broderick, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
Ryan Chasse, Freshman, Thomas
Tyler Hall, Senior, Lyndon
Seth Marcil, Senior, Castleton
Jack Peterson, Sophomore, MCLA
Brady Rainville, Senior, Johnson State
Eric Wade, Senior, Green Mountain 

Jigrup has continued to have a positive impact on the East Division of the NAC, earning back-to-back conference Player of the Year honors. The junior leads the Colby-Sawyer squad with a 13-8 overall singles record, while also going 4-0 in conference action at the top flight. In NAC East doubles competition, he went 4-0 with a 3-0 record at No. 1 and 1-0 at No. 2. Jigrup is on a six-match winning streak, including a notable victory over Gordon College's No. 1, who currently sits at 14-7. Impressively during the fall season, Jigrup won the B Singles title at the Nichols College Tennis Invitational by winning both of his matches in straight sets over competitors from Clark and Nichols. The Chargers enter this weekend's NAC East Division Championship Tournament as the No. 1 seed and look to capture their sixth-consecutive NAC East Title.