Binghamton, UMBC, Stony Brook Earn Major #AETEN Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Stony Brook’s Polina Movchan headlined the major awards as a unanimous Player of the Year selection for the women, as announced by the America East Conference Thursday afternoon. The men’s Player of the Year award was shared between a pair of sophomores in Binghamton’s Sid Hazarika and UMBC’s Justin Carter. Stony Brook took home both Rookie of the Year recognitions. Raphael Termat was an undisputed pick on the men’s side with teammate Nadia Smergut winning the women’s award. The awards were rounded out with the Seawolves garnering recognition for their specular season as Coaching Staff of the Year was bestowed upon both the men’s and women’s coaches.
The awards were determined by votes from the America East tennis coaches, regardless of position.
Movchan is just the second Seawolf in the program’s Division I history to receive the women’s Player of the Year award following former teammate Nini Lagvilava’s back-to-back recognitions (’12,’13). The junior has been honored twice as Most Outstanding Player at the league championships (’12,’14) and earned Rookie of the Year in 2012. Movchan went 11-3 on the season from the No. 1 singles spot and also paired up with Cassandra Dix for a spotless 8-0 tandem record at the No. 2 flight. She was a first-team selection in both singles and doubles play for her outstanding performance on the court.
Hazarika was honored as Co-Player of the Year just a year after he was named both Rookie and Player of the Year as a freshman. This season, he logged a 12-12 dual record, which included two victories in the America East Championship. The sophomore earned first-team singles honors for his efforts. Hazarika also paired up with Ismael Dinia to be selected to the first team for doubles.
Carter garnered recognition as Co-Player of the Year in his second year with UMBC, just the second time a Retriever has received the award (David Jackson, 2007). He posted an overall singles record of 13-5 this spring from the No. 1 position with two of those losses coming against ranked singles opponents. He earned one of UMBC’s points in a tough 4-3 America East semifinal loss to runner-up Stony Brook. Carter’s performance also slated him as a first-team pick in singles and second-team selection as a tandem with fellow Retriever Melker Svard.
Smergut received the women’s Rookie of the Year award after posting a 10-7 overall and 3-1 league singles mark. She had a positive impact at the No. 3 and 4 slots on the year, going 3-1 and 6-4, respectively. Smergut was named to the All-Conference Second Team for her singles efforts.
Termat was a unanimous pick among the America East men’s tennis coaching group as he was named the fifth Rookie of the Year in the Seawolves Division I program history. The freshman quickly impressed in his first year as he dominated from the No. 2 spot and collected a team-best singles mark of 10-3. Termat earned a spot on the first team in singles play for his stellar year.
Joining Movchan for First-Team All-Conference singles honors on the women’s side is teammate Jackie AltanSarnai, a pair of Bearcats in Sara Kohtz and Alexis Tashiro, UMBC’s Kim Berghaus and NJIT’s Ksenia Kuzmenko. In addition to the Movchan/Dix team, the NJIT tandem of Kuzmenko and Jana Luste and a pair of Retrievers in Josefin Stange-Jonsson and Shannon Cleary were also named to the first-team in doubles competition.
In addition to Carter, Hazarika and Termat, the men’s first-team was comprised of Bearcats Alexander Maisin, Robin Lesage and Dinia. Rounding out the first-team honors are the Binghamton duos of Maisin/Aswin Nambi and Hazarika/Dinia and the Seawolves twosome of Alex Felisa/Jose Morales.
Accompanying Smergut as second-team single selections were Binghamton’s trio of Shea Brodsky, Annie DiMuro and Katya Medianik, UMBC’s Madlena Kurasz and Stony Brook’s Dix. Doubles second team picks included the duo of Cheryl Kukkonen and Alba Sala from Albany, the Binghamton pair of Brodsky and Tashiro and the Stony Brook’ team of Louise Badoche and Adey Osabouhien for the final second-team doubles spot.
Second-team awards were garnered by Binghamton’s Eliott Hureau and Florian van Kann, UMBC’s Alex Drean and Melker Svard and Seawolves Jose Morales and Tyler Hoffman. Doubles selections included the Bearcat pair of Hureau/Janik Burr and Retriever tandems of Carter/Svard and Drean/Daniel Gray.
The Seawolves coaching squad is honored for just the second time on the men’s side and for the third-straight time on the women’s side, all with head coach Gary Glassman at the helm. The men capped their season in the America East Championship match with a 13-7 record on the year, including an impressive 7-2 road victory over then-ranked No. 45 Florida Tech. The women’s team will enter the NCAA tournament not having lost a match since February. They ride 12-game win streak and sport a 15-3 record on the season, which also includes an 8-1 triumph over then-ranked No. 18 Florida Tech. The Seawolves will face No. 10 seed Texas A&M in a first-round match. The last time the honor was awarded to both men’s and women’s coaching staffs at the same institution was Binghamton in 2011.