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Saint Mary's Junior Tuomas Manner is the WCC Men's Tennis Singles Player of the Month

Nov. 6, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference is pleased to recognize its October Men's Tennis Singles Player of the Month, Tuomas Manner from Saint Mary's College, and Doubles Players of the Month, Jesse Kiuru and Joakim Norstrom also from Saint Mary's College.

MEN'S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH
TUOMAS MANNER, JR., SAINT MARY'S

Saint Mary's junior Tuomas Manners is the WCC Men's Tennis Singles Player of the Month for October. Manner became the first Gael men's player ever to reach the semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regional, after defeating No. 7 seed Ilya Osintsev of Santa Clara in the quarters. Manner also beat No. 12 Jamin Ball of Stanford and No. 17 Alex Golding of Pacific, before falling to eventual champion No. 2 seed Ben McLachlan from Cal.

Earlier in October, Manner reached the quarterfinals of the Aggie Invitational at UC Davis, and was named Saint Mary's Student-Athlete of the Week.

Also Nominated: Nicholas Bjerke, LMU; John Lamble, SCU; Finn Tearney, PEP

2012 WCC MEN'S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH
October: Tuomas Manner, Saint Mary's
September: Alvaro Nazal, Gonzaga

MEN'S TENNIS DOUBLES PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
JESSE KIURU, FR./JOAKIM NORSTROM, JR., SAINT MARY'S

Saint Mary's freshman Jesse Kiuru and junior Joakim Norstrom are the WCC Men's Doubles Tennis Players of the Month for October. Kiuru/Norstrom became the first Gael men's doubles team ever to reach the final of the ITA Northwest Regional. Kiuru/Norstrom beat the No. 1 seeded team of Jeff Mullen and Robin Cambier from Oregon in the quarters, then defeated No. 5 seeds Campbell Johnson and Mads Engstad of Cal in the semifinals.

Earlier in October, Kiuru/Norstrom also made the final at the Aggie Invitational, beating teams from Cal and Stanford to reach the final.

Also Nominated: Nicholas Bjerke/Sebastian Bustamante, LMU; Alvaro Nazal/Vicente Varas, GON; Mousheg Hovhannisyan/Finn Tearney, PEP

2012 WCC MEN'S TENNIS DOUBLES PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
October: Jesse Kiuru/Joakim Norstrom, Saint Mary's