Patino earns his first career award after "playing up" and earning a victory in Kansas City's match against Southern Illinois. Projected as the Kangaroos' No. 3 singles player, Patino was forced into action at No. 1 for his short-handed squad. After dropping the first set against SIU's Brandon Florez, he rallied for a three-set (2-6, 6-4, 10-8) victory to even his individual singles season record at 1-1.
Also nominated: Martin Muadi, Fort Wayne; Mateus Moreira, South Dakota State; Bradley Holt, Western Illinois.