NEW HAVEN, Conn. (April 25, 2011) - Concordia College junior Andrey Boldarev has been honored as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Tennis Player of the Year in balloting released by the conference office. Boldarev's teammate, Daniele Piludu, has been tabbed the CACC Rookie of the Year, while Neil Tarangioli of Concordia was named Coach of the Year. Post University was given the annual Team Sportsmanship Award.
Of the eight All-Conference picks, five are from Concordia, including all four members of the first team. The seven CACC head coaches conducted the voting.
Boldarev, a junior who hails from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, is ranked #10 in the country and first in the East Region in singles, while standing sixth in the country in doubles with his partner, Piludu. They are the top-ranked doubles team in the region. Boldarev has defeated four of the top 10 singles players in the country this season, and upended a pair of top-10 doubles squads with Piludu. Boldarev is 16-4 at No. 1 singles this year and 15-4 overall in doubles with two partners (Piludu and Felix Missal). Boldarev was perfect against competition from the CACC this season.
Piludu, a freshman from Cagliari, Italy, was named to the All-Conference first team in addition to claiming Rookie of the Year honors. He is one of the highest-ranked freshmen in Division II and stands 28th in the country in singles and second in the region. He is also sixth in the country in doubles and first in the region. Piludu is 12-2 overall in singles this season, primarily at the No 2 spot. He is also 2-0 at No. 1 singles and sports an 11-4 overall mark in doubles. He went undefeated against CACC foes in both singles and doubles this season.
Tarangioli, who has guided the Clippers since 1980, was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season. He guided the third-ranked Clippers to their second consecutive conference championship last week with a 5-0 win over Philadelphia University. Concordia advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament semi-finals last year and will begin another NCAA run in May. The team is currently 21-2 overall.
The 2011 All-Conference team is listed below.
|Geza Bazula||Jr.||Concordia||Budapest, Hungary|
|Andrey Boldarev||Jr.||Concordia||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|Daniele Piludu||Fr.||Concordia||Cagliari, Italy|
|David Tisserand||Fr.||Concordia||Roquefort la Bedoule, France|
|Kyle Burke||So.||Philadelphia||Wakefield, RI|
|Tamas Dobrotka||Sr.||Concordia||Ada, Serbia|
|David Kazakevich||Fr.||USciences||Richboro, PA|
|Adrian Torroella-Cruz||Jr.||Philadelphia||Gainesville, FL|
Honorable Mention: Mario Gutierrez, Sr., Chestnut Hill; Manoli Sgouros, Jr., Philadelphia; Alvaro Vargas, Jr., USciences
Player of the Year: Andrey Boldarev, Jr., Concordia
Rookie of the Year: Daniele Piludu, Fr., Concordia
Skor Coach of the Year: Neil Tarangioli, Concordia
Team Sportsmanship Award: Post University