Eight Men’s Tennis Players Honored with All-Conference Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After winning their 13th straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and tournament titles, MIT had eight men's tennis players earn All-Conference nods, including Curtis Wu, who was named the Rookie of the Year and Dave Hagymas, who garnered coach of the year honors.
MIT also picked up four of the six singles slots on the All-Conference first team and one on the all-conference second team, while sweeping the first team doubles pairings.
Wu, in his first year out of Yorba Linda, Calif., not only was named Rookie of the Year but also grabbed the first team nod at fifth singles and at second doubles, where he was paired with Larry Pang. Wu was 3-0 in conference play and 8-3 overall in dual matches this season.
Pang and Wu were the most solid doubles team for MIT, winning the 2 NEWMAC matches they played at No. 2 doubles, both 8-3 wins over Springfield and Wheaton and posting an 11-3 match record overall. Pang, a sophomore out of Torrance, Calif., was named Most Outstanding Player of the NEWMAC tournament after collecting the clinching point in MIT's win over Coast Guard.
Senior Ken Van Tilburg returned to the All-Conference team after earning nods in 2008 and 2009. Van Tilburg was undefeated at second singles where he was named to the first team, posting a perfect 4-0 record. The native of Kapellen, Belgium won his last four matches, three of them against conference opponents and also collected a win at first singles against Coast Guard to push his NEWMAC record to 4-0.
Van Tilburg also got the first team nod at first doubles, where he played with Matthew Skalak, a sophomore from Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Skalak and Van Tilburg were 3-1 in conference play, winning 8-3 over Coast Guard, 8-6 over Babson and 8-4 over Coast Guard.
Brian Oldfield was named to the All-Conference team for the second consecutive year, this time at fourth singles. The sophomore from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, won all 3 conference matches for MIT, posting wins over Babson, Coast Guard and Clark. He was a versatile player who filled in at other spots as well for the Engineers.
Andrew Cooper earned MIT's final first team spot was a solid sixth singles player for MIT. Cooper, a sophomore from Albuquerque, N.M., won at Babson, Springfield and Wheaton to help MIT collect its 13th straight undefeated conference season and he finished the season on a three-game win streak.
Cooper and his partner Edwin Zhang compiled an impressive 2-0 conference record at third doubles. They picked up important points in MIT's last conference matches against Springfield and Wheaton and grabbed the first team All-Conference spot.
Zhang, another freshman, was named to the second team all-conference at the first singles spot. The native of Falls Church, Va. took over the primary duties as the number one singles player for MIT this season and posted an impressive 3-1 conference record at the top spot, beating Coast Guard, Springfield and Babson.
Dave Hagymas took over the head coaching position of the men's tennis program in 2005 and has compiled an 85-24 record, including 14 postseason victories. The team has won six NEWMAC titles and won two NCAA tournament matches under Hagymas's leadership. Dave has now been named NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time, including three straight years from 2005-2007.
2011 NEWMAC Men's Tennis Awards
Player of the Year: Neall Oliver, Wheaton
Rookie of the Year: Curtis Wu, MIT
Tournament Most Outstanding Player: Larry Pang, MIT
Coach of the Year: Dave Hagymas, MIT
Sportsmanship Award: Coast Guard Academy
First Team All-Conference
No. 1 Singles -- Neall Oliver, Wheaton
No. 2 Singles – Ken Van Tilburg, MIT
No. 3 Singles -- Gregory Poulin, Wheaton
No. 4 Singles -- Brian Oldfield, MIT
No. 5 Singles -- Curtis Wu, MIT
No. 6 Singles -- Andrew Cooper, MIT
No. 1 Doubles -- Ken Van Tilburg / Matthew Skalak, MIT
No. 2 Doubles -- Larry Pang / Curtis Wu, MIT
No. 3 Doubles -- Andrew Cooper / Edwin Zhang, MIT
Second Team All-Conference
No. 1 Singles -- Edwin Zhang, MIT
No. 2 Singles -- Austin Conti, Babson
No. 3 Singles -- Simeon Human, Babson
No. 4 Singles -- Nissim Cohen-Sabban, Babson
No. 5 Singles -- Blake Maurer, Coast Guard
No. 6 Singles -- Dennis Scarpa, Wheaton
No. 1 Doubles -- Mitchell Henry / Simeon Human, Babson
No. 2 Doubles -- Nissim Cohen-Sabban / Austin Conti, Babson
No. 3 Doubles -- Harry Altman / Ned Terrace, Wheaton