American Rivers Conference Men's Tennis All-Conference Team Announced - Five Luther Players Recognized

The American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) has released the 2019 all-conference team and major award winners as voted upon and selected by the head coaches.

Head Coach Adam Strand and associate head coach Miriam Blom Skrade were named the Coaching Staff of the Year. 

The duo led the Norse to a second place finish in the A-R-C posting a record of 7-1. Luther also advanced to the NCAA III National Tournament for the first time since 2011, after winning the league's automatic qualifying tournament. The Norse defeated Central College 5-0 in the semifinals and then defeated regular season champions Coe College 5-2 in the title match. Luther finished the year with a mark of 18-7, the fourth consecutive year it has posted 18-plus wins in a season.

Luther seniors Brian Murman (Fort Dodge, Iowa) and Nate Parsons (St. Paul, Minn./Como Park) and sophomores Grant Morton (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and Cole Schneider (Iowa City, Iowa/West) were all named all-conference in both singles and doubles and sophomore Brook Norwood (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) was named all-conference in doubles.

Murman is making his second appearance on the all-conference team in singles and doubles. During the 2019 campaign, he finished with a record of 15-9 in singles, 7-0 in the A-R-C. He was 4-1 in doubles during conference play, 15-10 overall, playing the majority of his doubles matches with sophomore Ryan Ortega (Winona, Minn./Cotter) at No. 2. He completes his career with a singles record of 56-30 and doubles record of 57-28.

Parsons is also a two-time all-conference selection in singles and doubles. A three-time conference spring sports all-academic team honoree, he finished the 2019 campaign with a singles mark of 11-12, 2-1 in the A-R-C. In doubles, he teamed with Schneider at No. 1 and the duo was 16-12, 3-0 in the A-R-C. Parsons career numbers read 54-34 in singles and 64-41 in doubles. His doubles win totals ranks seventh on Luther's all-time list.

Schneider is the third Norse named all-conference for both singles and doubles. At No. 1 singles he was 16-9 that included a 4-1 conference record. Schneider and Parsons were undefeated in league play in doubles with a record of 6-0, and he finished the year with a mark of 16-11.

Morton is making his second appearance on the all-conference team in singles and first in doubles. He was 18-8 in singles and 21-8 in doubles, playing the majority of his matches with Norwood at No. 3

Norwood is making his first appearance on the all-conference team. He played all of his doubles matches with Morton and they posted a record of 17-6.

Ryan Ortega was named honorable mention all-conference. He tallied a singles mark of 8-4 and was 12-6 in doubles. 

2019 Complete All-Conference Team

2019 Coaching Staff of the Year
Brian Murman
Nate Parsons
Grant Morton
Cole Schneider
Brook Norwood
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