Nunic, Vloedgraven Highlight Tennis All-Conference Squads

Release: 04/30/2009
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Boston University’s Stefanie Nunic and Binghamton University’s Sven Vlodegraven, who each led their respective teams to America East tennis titles last week, have been rewarded individually for their efforts as Nunic was tabbed the league’s women’s Player of the Year, while Vloedgraven was chosen the Men’s Player of the Year. Nunic also garnered Rookie of the Year accolades and Binghamton’s Gilbert Wong earned top rookie honors on the men’s side. The Binghamton women’s coaching staff and Stony Brook men’s staff were tabbed Coaching Staffs of the Year to round out the major awards. All award winners and all-conference choices were determined in a vote by the league’s head coaches and announced Thursday afternoon.

Nunic, the first freshman to take home both major honors in one season, was also named Most Outstanding Player at last week’s championship. She led the Terriers to their 16th straight conference title with four wins.

Vloedgraven,  a first-team all-conference choice for the second straight year, paced the Bearcats to their fifth league crown in seven years with dominating wins at top singles and top doubles. He is currently 25-9 in singles play this year.

Wong, the championship’s Most Outstanding Player on the men’s side, enters the NCAA tournament with a 31-7 singles resume. He won a key match at the No. 3 position, where he was also named first-team all-conference, to help give Binghamton the title.

Binghamton, which is coached by Mike Stevens, reached the finals of the America East Championship and had a league-best eight all-conference selections (five singles, three doubles teams) to earn top coaching honors on the women’s side. Gary Glassman’s Stony Brook squad went 17-5 this season, earned the No. 1 seed and also reached the finals to take home top honors on the men’s side.

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Singles First Team All-Conference
#1 Stefanie Nunic, Boston U.
#2 Francine Whu, Boston U.
#3 Yulia Smirnova, Binghamton
#4 Cori Lefkowith, Boston U.
#5 Yagmur Gone, Binghamton
#6 Gayatri Krishnan, Stony Brook
Singles Second Team All-Conference
#1 Lauren Bates, Binghamton
#2 Jillian Santos, Binghamton
#3 Petra Santini, Boston U.
#4 Marina Bykovskaya, Binghamton
#5 Joy Adewumi, UMBC
#6 Emily Mannix, UMBC
Doubles First Team All-Conference

#1 Stefanie Nunic/Francine Whu, Boston U.
#2 Yulia Smirnova/Emma Leibowicz, Binghamton
#3 Cori Lefkowith/Danielle Abraham, Boston U.
Doubles Second Team All-Conference
#1 Lauren Bates/Jillian Santos, Binghamton
#2 Paola Rodolfi/Salmoe Mkervalidze, Stony Brook
#3 Marina Bykovskaya/Danyelle Shapiro, Binghamton

Player of the Year
Stephanie Nunic, Boston University

Rookie of the Year
Stephanie Nunic, Boston University

Coaching Staff of Year



Singles First Team All-Conference

#1 Sven Vloedgraven, Binghamton
#2 Moshe Levy, Binghamton
#3 Gilbert Wong, Binghamton
#4 Arnav Jain, Binghamton
#5 Bertand Marcos, Stony Brook
#6 Mitch Wong, Stony Brook
Singles Second Team All-Conference
#1 Halvar Dil, Stony Brook
#2 Fredi Voorman, UMBC
#3 Jon Epstein, Stony Brook
#4 Youssef Fassi-Fehri, Stony Brook
#5 Alexandre Haggai, Binghamton
#6 Rafael Rodrigues, Binghamton
Doubles First Team All-Conference
#1 Nick Savage-Pollack/Fredi Voorman, UMBC
#2 Moshe Levy/Arnav Jain, Binghamton
#3 Youssef Fassi-Fehri/Mitch Wong, Stony Brook
Doubles Second Team All-Conference
#1 Sven Vloedgraven/Gilbert Wong, Binghamton
#2 Jon Epstein/Bertrand Marcos, Stony Brook
#3 Alexandre Haggai/Rafael Rodrigues, Binghamton

Player of the Year
Sven Vloedgraven, Binghamton

Rookie of the Year
Gilbert Wong, Binghamton

Coaching Staff of Year
Stony Brook