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Freudenberg named Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year

Senior is first WC player to earn top honor

May 18, 2010

AUSTINTOWN — Wilmington College senior Joe Freudenberg has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Year, the league office announced today.

Freudenberg is the first Wilmington tennis player to earn OAC Player of the Year honors.

“I don’t even know what to say. This is really special,” Freudenberg said. “My main goal this year was to get player of the year in the conference. I feel like I have improved every year.”

Freudenberg (Mason/Kings) is the all-time wins leader at Wilmington with 76 victories. On the singles court, he was 45-11 and he collected 31 doubles wins.

“This is really special. Joe is not only the greatest tennis player to come through here, but he has matured so much as a person,” Wilmington head coach Brian Lawhon said. “This is just a storybook ending. I’ve never been more proud of somebody that I’ve coached. He took it on and persevered. I’m very excited for him.”

Freudenberg is a four-time All-OAC honoree, including three first team designations.

“My first three years there were three guys in the conference that definitely belonged in solid Division I schools,” Freudenberg said. “I had to deal with them the last three years, so I felt that this year was my turn. It’s not like once they were gone I had walkover matches. There were three freshmen that came into the conference this year and were really, really good No. 1 players. I was fortunate to beat the ones that I did. I want to give credit to my parents and to God for giving me the talent to be able to do what I did this year and the last four years.”