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Kenyon junior Jake Zalenski (Canton, OH/Jackson) has been named the Player of the Year, while the Lords’ duo of senior Anatol Doroskevic (Berg en Terblijt, Netherlands/United World College Maastricht) and freshman Pascal Lee (Chevy Chase, MD/Bethesda-Chevy Chase) have been named the Doubles Team of the Year to highlight the 2019 All-North Coast Athletic Conference men's tennis team.
Zalenski, who is making his third-straight appearance on the All-NCAC first team in singles, claimed back-to-back NCAC Player of the Year honors. The junior, who was also named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2017, has posted an overall singles record of 19-2, which included a 10-1 mark at the top flight during dual matches. After winning their 13th-straight NCAC title in late April, Zalenski and the Lords will now compete in the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament for the 18th year in a row as they are set to play the winner of the Johns Hopkins vs. Washington & Jefferson College match in the second round on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. In addition, Zalenski was one of 32 players chosen to participate in the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Singles Tennis Championship, which will be held May 24-26 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Doroskevic and Lee were crowned as the NCAC Men's Tennis Doubles Team of the Year after posting an 11-3 overall record. The pair recorded a 7-2 record in dual matches which included a 6-2 mark at the No. 1 flight. The duo is currently ranked 15th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional rankings.
Kenyon junior Austin Diehl (O'Fallon, MO/Home Schooled) and Denison sophomore Vlad Rotnov (Solon, OH/Solon) each collected their second All-NCAC citation as members of the first team this spring. Rotnov was also named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year a season ago. Oberlin junior Stephen Gruppuso (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point) elevated to the first team this season after earning second-team laurels in 2018 and honorable mention accolades in 2017, while Wittenberg senior Martin Mora (Quito, Ecuador) makes his return to the top team after claiming honorable-mention laurels in 2018 and first-team honors in 2017. Denison freshman Tim Cianciola (Canfield, OH/Canfield) makes his debut on the All-NCAC first team during his rookie campaign.
Doroskevic and Lee were joined on the top doubles team by Denison’s Cianciola and sophomore Mitchell Thai (Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Bradley) and the Oberlin junior tandem of Stephen Gruppuso (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point) and Camron Cohen (Arlington, VA/St. Stephens & St. Agnes School).
Along with first-team honors in both singles and doubles, Cianciola was also named the 2019 NCAC Men's Tennis Newcomer of the Year. The freshman finished the dual match season with a 16-2 record, which included a perfect 4-0 mark in conference play. He also posted a 17-11 mark in doubles play, which included a 10-5 record in the top flight with Thai.
Finally, Wooster head coach Zack Hasenyager was named the NCAC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. The fifth-year mentor led the Fighting Scots to an 8-13 record this season including a fifth-place finish in the NCAC Tournament. The fifth-place finish is the program's top mark since the Scots were also fifth in 2008.