MIAC tennis players honored as ITA announces annual awards

ITA Annual Awards

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its annual athletic awards this week and multiple individuals from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) were recognized.

The doubles teams of Nick Aney and Alex Budde (Gustavus) and Grace Riermann and Sydney Rott (Bethel) were recognized with All-America honors, while Riermann was also named the Central Region Senior Player of the Year and Gustavus men's assistant Chase Johnson was named Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

Riermann (Sr. | Stillwater, Minn. | Mahtomedi) ended up as a six-time All-American, twice in singles and four in doubles. She finished the year with a 24-3 overall singles record including an NCAA Championship singles appearance. She was named the MIAC Chris Evert Award winner, the first in program history, while becoming a three-time All-MIAC Singles Team and Doubles Team honoree. She was also awarded the Elite 90 Award for Division III women's tennis.

Johnson, a 2019 Gustavus graduate in his third season on the coaching staff, helped coach the Gusties to their 33rd consecutive MIAC regular season championship, 11th straight MIAC playoff title, and 10th consecutive NCAA region championship match. This season Johnson also coached two ITA All-Americans, the MIAC Elite 22 Award winner, MIAC Arthur Ashe Award winner, a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, and three All-Conference selections.

2022 ITA Women's Tennis Central Region Women's Senior Player of the Year
Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School Previous Selections
Grace Riermann Bethel Sr. Stillwater, Minn. | Mahtomedi --
2022 ITA Men's Tennis Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year
Name Institution Previous Selections
Chase Johnson Gustavus --
2022 MIAC ITA Men's Doubles All-America
Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School Previous Selections
Nick Aney Gustavus Sr. Rochester, Minn. | Century 2021
Alex Budde Gustavus Jr. Menomonee Falls, Wis. 2021
2022 MIAC ITA Women's Tennis Doubles All-America
Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School Previous Selections
Grace Riermann Bethel Sr. Stillwater, Minn. | Mahtomedi 2021
Sydney Rott Bethel Sr. Sioux Falls, S.D. | Harrisburg --