Engelstad, Patten earn UMAC post-season awards

Jacob Engelstad. St. Scholastica Athletics

St. Scholastica senior Jacob Engelstad capped off his career by being named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Men’s Tennis Player of the Year. Saints coach Wells Patten was also named the UMAC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year.

Engelstad becomes the first Saint to be named the conference’s player of the year since Dillon Sterle received the honor in 2009. Engelstad was an All-UMAC selection all four years and went undefeated in singles play at the conference tournament in his career and brought home a total of three singles titles, three doubles titles and three team titles.

Engelstad had the greatest career in St. Scholastica men’s tennis history, recording a program record 61 singles wins and 54 doubles victories. His 115 combined wins beat the previous record by 11 victories. He recorded at least 12 wins in each of his four seasons, including a 15-10 record this season. In conference play he went 9-1 at the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles.

Other seniors joining Engelstad on the All-UMAC team include Kevin Hilpert and Brian Lindberg of Hermantown, both of whom are four-time All-UMAC selections.

Patten is named the UMAC Men’s Coach of the Year for the 11th time and the fourth straight year. He guided the Saints to a program record 18 team wins and 98 singles victories this season. The Saints also captured their 16th straight UMAC regular season title and 12th conference tournament championship.

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