Lagvilava, Movchan highlight tennis award winners
May 3, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - After winning its first America East championship, the Stony Brook women's tennis team was rewarded when the America East announced its tennis award winners and all-conference selections on Thursday. Junior Nini Lagvilava (Tbilisi, Georgia) was named Player of the Year and freshman Polina Movchan (Moscow, Russia) earned Rookie of the Year honors.
In addition, Stony Brook head coach Gary Glassman and assistant coach Jay Friedman were named the Women's Coaching Staff of the Year. Sophomore Nikita Fomin (Moscow, Russia) headlined the men's team's selections as he earned a spot on the conference's first team.
Lagvilava and Movchan each earned a spot on the All-America East first team in singles in addition to being named first team in doubles. Fomin and freshman Francis Bertrand (Repentigny, Quebec) also earned a spot at first team doubles.
Seniors Katherine Hanson (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Prerana Appineni (Hyderabad, Russia) were named to the second team in doubles and freshman Stefan Ilic (Forest Hills, N.Y.) earned second team honors in singles.
Teams were determined by the league's coaches, regardless of position. The 2010 America East Rookie of the Year, Lagvilava went 16-4 at No. 1 singles and became the first player in program history to be ranked nationally by the ITA earlier this season.
The Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championships last weekend, Movchan won 18 of her 20 matches at No. 2 singles and combined with Lagvilava to go 13-5 at No. 1 doubles. Hanson and Appineni won two of three matches over the weekend at the America East championships at No. 2 doubles.
Fomin had another outstanding year at No. 1 singles, going 14-2. He also combined with Bertrand to go 10-5 in doubles with nine of those coming at the No. 1.
Ilic played most of the season at the No. 4 spot, winning 10 singles matches this season. This is the third time, and first on the women's side, that Glassman and his coaching staff have earned Staff of the Year honors.
The women's team makes its debut in the NCAA Tournament on May 11, traveling to take on fourth-seeded Stanford.