Courtesy: America East Communications

2014 #AETEN All-Academic Teams Announced

Release: 05/23/2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five America East member institutions that sponsor tennis received recognition as they had student-athletes recognized for their performances on the court and in the classroom. Of those institutions, Binghamton, UMBC, Stony Brook and associate member NJIT had student-athletes slated to the 2014 America East Women’s Tennis All-Academic Team, while Binghamton and Hartford student-athletes earned spots on the America East Men’s All-Academic Team. Each nominee must meet the set standards of a cumulative 3.30 or better GPA, have been a starter or significant reserve this past year and participated in at least 50 percent of the teams matches in 2014.


2014 America East Women’s Tennis All-Academic Team

Kim Berghaus, Sr., UMBC  (Offenbach, Germany)

  • Posted a 3.84 GPA in Physics and minored in economics and mathematics.
  • Earned President’s List honors by posting a 4.0 GPA during three if her semesters as a Retriever.
  • Received the department's Matt Skalsky Female Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award, which goes to the highest-performing scholar-athlete.
  • Accepted to the physics graduate programs at Johns Hopkins and U. Texas, but will defer enrollment to work in research at Harvard medical school for one year.
  • Won six consecutive matches at the top flight down the stretch to lead the squad to the conference semifinals and earned first team honors as a result.

Cassandra Dix, Jr., Stony Brook (Northamptonshire, United Kingdom)

  • Sports a perfect 4.0 GPA in Biochemistry.
  • All-America East first team doubles and second team singles selection
  • Went 12-2 in dual singles matches and posted a 7-1 mark at No. 5 singles and 17-3 overall in singles.
  • Teamed up with Polina Movchan to go 8-0 in dual matches from the No. 2 spot.
  • Overall doubles mark was 14-3 on the year.

Ksenia Kuzmenko, Sr., NJIT (Moscow, Russia )

  • Accumulated a 3.93 GPA in business.
  • She combined for a 19-8 overall first singles mark and finished 16-8 at first doubles.
  • Recognized by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and received the "Woman of the Year" Award.
  • Earned NJIT Female of the week twice(3/31/14, 4/28/14).
  • 2014 America East first-team singles and first-team doubles pick with teammate Jana Luste.
  • Helped lead the Highlanders to a second-place finish in the 2014 America East tournament in their first year as an associate member.

Megan Guidry, NJIT, Sr., (Baton Rouge, La.)

  • Accrued a 3.72 Biomedical Engineering GPA.
  • Will be getting masters in Biomedical Engineering in New Zealand.
  • Combined for a 4-6 singles record and went 5-6 in doubles competition.
  • Part of the Highlander squad that finished as the runners-up in the 2014 America East Championship.

Katya Medianik, Binghamton, Jr., (Brooklyn, N.Y.)    

  • Had the highest GPA on the Bearcat roster with a 3.60 GPA in Philosophy, Politics & Law (PPL).
  • SAAC member who is active on campus as a member of the Russian Student Union.
  • Earned all-academic honors a season ago and has been a member of the Binghamton AD Honor Roll and America East Commissioner's Honor Roll as well.
  • Was an all-conference pick for the second-straight year after going 11-18 overall at the top of the lineup.
  • Helped her team grab the two seed in the league tournament as a two-year captain.
  • Posted a 7-10 mark in dual competition to help push the Bearcats to a record of 8-11 in duals this season.

Jackie AltanSarnai, Stony Brook, So., (Hinsdale, Ill.)

  • Has tallied a 3.38 Business Management GPA, earning her a spot on the America East 2012-13 Winter/Spring Honor Roll.
  • First team All-Conference in singles as she went 9-5 in dual matches.
  • Posted a league record of 4-0 and went 14-9 overall in singles play.


2014 America East Men’s Tennis All-Academic Team

Ismael Dinia, Binghamton, Jr. (Rabat, Morocco)        

  • Collected a 3.62 GPA in Management  Finance.
  • First team All-America East selection in singles off a 9-5 record in dual matches, 4-0 in America East matches and a 14-9 overall mark in singles play.
  • Part of a Bearcat squad that won seven-straight conference titles with their most recent coming in 2014.

Robin Lesage, Binghamton, Jr. (Mullhouse, France)  

  • Accrued a 3.92 GPA in Management & Marketing, landing him a seat on the Binghamton AD Honor Roll.
  • Starter and key member of a Binghamton team that captured its seventh-consecutive America East title in 2014.
  • Won 21 singles matches, including 6-1 record at the No. 3 spot to be picked as a first team all-conference singles member.
  • Captured singles flight at Princeton Invitational in the fall.

Florian van Kann, Binghamton, Sr. (Frankfurt, Germany)    

  • A member of the Bearcat AD Honor roll as he accumulated a 3.96 GPA in Management Finance.
  • Contributed as a starter for the Bearcat squad that captured its seventh-straight league crown 2014.
  • A member of the second-team all-conference squad in singles play as he posted a team-best 11-4 in duals, including an 8-3 record at No. 6.
  • Won his match against Stony Brook in championship final.

Alexander Maisin, Binghamton, So. (Overijse, Belgium)

  • Posted a 3.79 GPA as a System Science & Industrial Engineering major to earn him a spot on the Binghamton AD Honor Roll.
  • Key starter of the Binghamton lineup that took home the conference championship for the seventh-straight year in 2014.
  • Had 27 combined wins, including nine matches that were primarily at No. 2 singles en route to a landing a spot on the all-conference first team in both singles and doubles.
  • Went a team-high 14-7 in doubles, including a 9-5 mark from the No. 1 position.

Jordan Badenko, Hartford, Sr. (Sydney, Australia)   

  • Earned a near-perfect 3.97 GPA in Insurance & Finance, grabbing a spot on the Hartford President’s List.
  • Won the Hartford Athletics’ Excellence in Business Award.
  • Runner-up in the top flight at the UConn Invite in September, in which he posted a pair of wins including a 6-2, 6-1 quarterfinal win and a 5-7, 6-4, 10-7 semifinal victory.
  • Made 10 of his 11 starts from the No. 1 singles position.
  • Posted six wins in dual-match doubles play to tie with teammate Nicholas Sharwarko for the team lead, with four of those victories coming at the top position.

Alex Holdstein, Hartford, Sr. (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.)   

  • Sports a four-year collegiate GPA of 3.79 in Management
  • Earned a spot on the University of Hartford President’s List and the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
  • Recognized on the America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher.