Men’s Tennis: Ackerman named GNAC Rookie of the Year, two other Cadets honored

Men's Tennis All-Conference selections - Dylan Ackerman, Ian Hyte and Jay Carter


WINTHROP, Mass. – Freshman Dylan Ackerman (Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands) of the Norwich University men's tennis team was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Rookie of the Year to lead the Cadets' honorees in the league's postseason awards on Wednesday. 

Seniors Ian Hyte (Marblehead, Mass.) and Jay Carter (Glassboro, N.J.) were named GNAC First Team All-Conference selections and Ackerman rounded out Norwich's selections on the second team. 

Ackerman went 7-3 at No. 2 singles and won five GNAC Rookie of the Week awards this season in his inaugural year in the Maroon & Gold. He also went 6-4 at No. 1 doubles with Hyte. Ackerman won four straight Rookie of the Week awards during the course of the season. 

Ackerman becomes the Norwich men's tennis program's first GNAC Rookie of the Year award winner since Fritz Kaelber won in 2010. He is third overall player to win the GNAC Rookie of the Year after Steve Couture won in 2000 as well. 

Hyte went 8-2 this season at No. 1 singles and finished his career with a 27-12 record at singles. He is a three-time GNAC All-Conference selection now after repeating as a first team selection this year. He also earned all-conference honors as a freshman. 

Carter was also a repeat GNAC All-Conference selection after earning second team honors last season. He went 8-2 this season, including an eight-match winning streak at No. 3 singles and finished his career with a 29-11 singles record. Carter also set the Norwich program record for doubles career victories with a sparkling 32-10 mark over his career. He teamed with Tyler Eagan (Verona, N.J.) to go 8-2 at No. 2 doubles this season. 

Ackerman, Hyte and Carter led Norwich to a 6-4 record this season, but missed out on the GNAC postseason after falling to both Suffolk and Johnson & Wales in GNAC North division action. 

Sophomore Evan Bowley (Hampton, N.H.) was Norwich's selection to the GNAC Sportsmanship team.