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EDISON, New Jersey – Quinnipiac men's tennis head coach Chris Pappas was named the MAAC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year in his first season as the Bobcats' head coach, as announced by the league at the MAAC Tennis Awards Banquet on Friday, April 24, 2015.
Joining Pappas with MAAC honors were Kei Ezaka (Ojai, California), Jonas Kuwert (Jesteberg, Germany), Julian Rozenstein (Marlboro, New Jersey), Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, New York) and Willem van Biezen (Warmond, The Netherlands) who were all named to the All-MAAC Second Team. In addition, Kuwert, Sebastian Barbero (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Ben Teicher (Kendall Park, New Jersey) were each named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
Pappas turned the men's tennis program around and qualified for the postseason in his first season as the head coach, leading the Bobcats to an 11-9 record with a 5-2 mark in conference play and a third place finish in the regular season. Last season, the Bobcats were 7-11 (3-4 MAAC) and missed the postseason with a fifth place finish. This is a Quinnipiac men's tennis coach of the year selection since 2010 when the Bobcats were in the NEC and former head coach Mike Quitko was named the NEC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year.
Ezaka was selected to the All-MAAC Second Team at No. 1 singles. It is the second consecutive season Ezaka has been honored by the MAAC after being named the MAAC Men's Tennis Rookie of the Year last season. This season, Ezaka has followed up his successful freshman season with a 34-25 record, including 16-14 in singles play. Ezaka was impressive in conference play this season, as he finished the regular season with a 3-2 mark against MAAC opponents.
Just behind Ezaka was Kuwert as he was named to the All-MAAC Second Team at No. 2 singles in his first season with the Bobcats after transferring from Old Dominion. Kuwert was also named to the MAAC All-Academic team. Kuwert has an overall record this season of 31-26 with a 16-12 mark in singles play. Against the MAAC, Kuwert has gone 6-1 in his seven conference matches.
Rozenstein, a freshman, was named to the All-MAAC Second Team at No. 4 singles in his first season with the Bobcats as well. Rozenstein is one of the team leaders in wins with a 34-18 record, and an impressive 20-7 mark in singles. Conference play was just as good for Rozenstein as he tied Kuwert with a 6-1 mark for the most wins against MAAC opponents.
The doubles team of Ambrosio and van Biezen came on strong late in the season and was crucial in
conference play, earning their selection to the All-MAAC Second Team at No. 3 doubles. Ambrosio and van Biezen went 6-2 overall together and 3-2 in conference play.
Ambrosio had an impressive senior season as he is 39-26 overall, setting the new mark for single-season wins in program history. Ambrosio also set the record earlier this season from career singles wins and is second all-time in program history for overall wins. Another newcomer on the roster that was honored at the banquet, van Biezen has had an outstanding freshman campaign with a 28-12 mark, including 15-8 in doubles play.
Joining Kuwert on the MAAC All-Academic team was Barbero and Teicher. Last season, Barbero and
Teicher were each named to the MAAC All-Academic team as well as ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The Bobcats return to action in their first MAAC Tournament Appearance on Saturday afternoon as they face the Marist Red Foxes at 2 P.M. at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, New Jersey in a rematch of Monday's regular season finale between the two teams.
All-MAAC First Team
No. 1 Singles: Victor Pugliese, Monmouth
No. 2 Singles: Rudolf Kurz, Marist
No. 3 Singles: Ale Gomez Estrada, Monmouth
No. 4 Singles: Joseph Dube, Marist
No. 5 Singles: Matteo Giudici, Marist
No. 6 Singles: Bee Kumthonkittikul, Monmouth
No. 1 Doubles: Vidit Vaghela/ Victor Pugliese, Monmouth
No. 2 Doubles: Ale Gomez Estrada/ Ramy Bekheit, Monmouth
No. 3 Doubles: Rudolf Kurz/ Dylan Fletcher, Marist
All-MAAC Second Team
No. 1 Singles: Kei Ezaka, Quinnipiac
No. 2 Singles: Jonas Kuwert, Quinnipiac
No. 3 Singles: Fredrik Bjerke, Marist
No. 4 Singles: Julian Rozenstein, Quinnipiac
No. 5 Singles: Dylan Appel, Fairfield
No. 6 Singles: Jan Dernic, Marist
No. 1 Doubles: Inaki Belloso/ Michael Elortegui, Niagara
No. 2 Doubles: Justin Chanthalangsy/ Matteo Giudici, Marist
No. 3 Doubles: Eric Ambrosio/ Willem van Biezen, Quinnipiac
Player of the Year: Victor Pugliese, Monmouth
Rookie of the Year: Rudolf Kurz, Marist
Coach of the Year: Chris Pappas, Quinnipiac