Sereke, McClain and Patton Receive ITA Honors

May 14, 2014

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's men's tennis received three individual honors this week when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its postseason regional honors. Among the honorees are Boise State's Nathan Sereke and Brendan McClain, as well as head coach Greg Patton. Sereke was named the ITA Mountain Region Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award winner, McClain is the rookie of the year, while coach Patton was named the coach of the year for the fourth time.

"I am thrilled because it gives us exposure and the fact that it honors these guys for an incredible year. Nathan (Sereke) and Brendan (McClain) have worked so hard this season and I glad to see that recognized," said coach Patton. "These awards recognize our program and help elevate it by showing we have a strong quality program here at Boise State."

Nathan Sereke is the recipient of the ITA Mountain Region Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award winner for his conduct on and off the court. Sereke just completed his fourth season in the Blue and Orange going 16-13 overall in singles and an impressive 21-4 in doubles. He is a five-time all-conference honoree, including All-Mountain West this spring in singles.

"Nathan is special, he has led by example with his positive attitude and his enthusiasm on and off the court," commented Greg Patton. "He was an exceptional leader for this team by embracing his teammates so much, they were his brothers. His sportsmanship was impeccable, he is a class act, he is fun to watch and coach, as well as fun to just be around. He has those people skills that will take him far in life, in addition to being a great athlete."

Brendan McClain earned recognition as the ITA Mountain Region Rookie of the Year, beating out several quality candidates. McClain was an exceptional freshman recording a team-best singles mark of 26-9 overall, while going 21-5 in duals this spring. He went a combined 26-12 in doubles, including going 19-10 in duals and earning All-Mountain West honors for his doubles play.

"Brendan is the face of the future of this team, and for him to be recognized as the rookie of the year for the region speaks highly of him," said Patton. "He beat out two other solid candidates including the guy who was named the conference freshman of the year. I love the fact that he was recognized for the work he put in, the attitude he has and how much he embraced our program. I really believe he is going to be one of the greats of our program and this award will help launch him. Having a guy like Brendan in our program shows that our future is bright.

The last honor awarded goes to the general himself as coach Greg Patton was named the region's coach of the year after leading his team to a third-consecutive Mountain West Conference championship, an impressive 28-5 mark overall and a perfect 12-0 versus ITA Mountain Region opponents. It marks the fourth time in Patton's Boise State tenure that he has received this honor.

"It is always nice to be recognized, it is truly a great honor because there are some really great coaches in this region," commented Patton. "It means the world to me."

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