June 5, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men's tennis head coach Gene Orlando announced winners for the 2013-14 team awards on Thursday, June 5. Freshman Brett Forman was named the Frank Beeman Most Valuable Player, while Harry Jadun earned the Stan Drobac Most Improved Player Award. Sophomore Paul Heeder was the recipient of the Spartan Spirit Award.
Frank Beeman Most Valuable Player: Brett Forman, Freshman (Troy, Mich.)
Compiled a 19-11 overall singles record and a 13-10 overall doubles record ... Recorded a team-high 14 wins during the spring schedule, finishing 14-7 in singles after going a 5-4 singles and a 3-2 doubles during the fall schedule ... Began his freshman campaign on a seven-match winning streak ... Earned eight wins over opponents on a ranked team ... 10-8 doubles record during the spring schedule, teaming primarily with senior Aaron Pfister on court three, earning five wins over opponents on a ranked team ... Finished 4-3 in conference play.
Orlando on Forman: "Brett had a break out rookie season. He had the mindset that he could play with anyone and as the season progressed, he was a player we counted on each and every match, regardless of what position he played."
Stan Drobac Most Improved Player: Harry Jadun, Junior (East Lansing, Mich.)
Orlando on Jadun:
Went 15-12 overall in singles and 16-13 overall in doubles ... Went 5-2 in conference play during the spring ... Finished the season on a four-match winning streak ... Earned five wins over opponents on a ranked team ... Compiled a 10-11 record in doubles, including 5-4 in Big Ten play ... Earned six wins over opponents on a ranked team ... Tallied a 7-6 singles and a 6-2 doubles record during the fall ... Compiled a 3-2 singles record at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships and qualified for the main draw ... had a 2-2 record at the Big Ten Indoors with wins over Minnesota's Saxon and Iowa's Swank.
"Harry a tough start to the beginning of the season, but finished strong with a 5-2 Big Ten singles record and played a big part in our strong finish."
Spartan Spirit: Paul Heeder, Sophomore (East Lansing, Mich.)
This marks Heeder's second time winning the award ... Recorded a 1-2 doubles record during the fall ... Teamed with Will Davis to defeat Iowa's Estenssoro and Tomlin 8-7 (5) during the Big Ten Indoors ... Did not see action in the spring.
Orlando on Heeder: "Paul is always looking for ways to make his teammates better both on and off the court."