Staab Named ITA Southeast Region Rookie of the Year

Staab Named ITA Southeast Region Rookie of the Year

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College men's tennis player Andre Staab has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Rookie of the Year.

Staab, the Cobras' No. 1 singles player, went 15-5 this season during the regular season. He is currently No. 32 in the country in singles, which is the first time a Coker tennis player has been nationally ranked. Staab is also ranked No. 12 in the Southeast region. In addition to his singles record, Staab also posted an 11-9 mark with partner George Handy, a sophomore.

This is the second individual award for Staab this season. He was named the Conference Carolinas freshman of the year in April. Staab was a first-team all-conference selection as well.

Staab, a native of Aschaffenburg, Germany, is a business administration major at Coker. He is the son of Frank and Martina Staab.

The Coker men's tennis team went 18-5 overall and 10-0 in conference play, winning the regular-season title. The Cobras reached the finals of the conference tournament but fell to Limestone College, 5-2.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.