Parodi, Katzman, Freer Earn ITA All-America Honors for CMS Men's Tennis

Parodi, Katzman, Freer Earn ITA All-America Honors for CMS Men's Tennis

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Senior Nikolai Parodi earned ITA Division III All-America honors in both singles and doubles, giving him eight All-America awards in his four-year career, while junior Jack Katzman (singles) and first-year Ian Freer (doubles) also captured All-America honors, the organization officially announced today.

Parodi ended the year ranked No. 1 in the nation in singles in the final ITA rankings which were announced last week. Katzman wasn't far behind, earning the No. 5 spot in the final rankings, the third year in a row that he has finished in the top five (an accomplishment that Parodi also achieved all four seasons). Parodi and Freer, meanwhile, ended the season as the No. 3 ranked doubles team in the country for the Stags. 

Parodi finished his senior season with a career record of 191-64, placing him seventh all-time in CMS history in total wins. He was the NCAA national runner-up in singles in 2017, while also reaching the semifinals in 2018 and the quarterfinals in 2019. This fall he reached the national semifinals of the ITA Cup in Rome, Georgia in the fall, and he was named the ITA National Player of the Week after a perfect singles record at the ITA Indoor Nationals, including a dominant win at No. 1 against defending national champion Emory. 

Katzman also reached the ITA Cup national semifinals in the fall in singles, after finishing as runner-up to Parodi in the ITA West Regionals. He also has a runner-up finish in the NCAA Division III Championships to his credit, reaching the final round as a rookie in 2018 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. He was 14-4 so far this year in singles, after an impressive 29-3 sophomore season a year ago, and has raised his career singles mark to 69-13, which currently ranks him third in school history in singles winning percentage. 

Freer earns All-America honors in his rookie season, after coming in ranked in the top 50 recruits in the country in his class. He ended the year with an 11-3 record in doubles, including 9-2 while playing exclusive at the No. 1 line in duals. He was also successful in singles in his debut campaign, tallying a 10-3 record and reaching the semifinals of the ITA West Regionals before falling to Katzman in three sets. 

CMS stood at 14-1 on the year and ranked No. 2 in the nation when spring sports were suspended in March, as it had hoped to challenge for the national title after finishing as runner-up a season ago.