Blakhin Named CAC Men's Tennis Player of the Year as Eagles Sweep All First Team All-CAC Honors

YORK, Pa. - University of Mary Washington sophomore Alex Blahkin (Moscow, Russia/Saddlebrook Prep, Fla.) helped lead the Eagles to their 13th-straight team championship and was named the 2012 CAC Men's Tennis Player of the Year by the conference coaches. 

        Blahkin, who was a second-team singles all-star in 2011, is the ninth Eagle to be named CAC Player of the Year (three have been multiple winners).  It's the seventh-straight year, and the 13th time since 1998, that a UMW player was named the CAC Player of the Year.

        UMW freshman Evan Charles (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) and Salisbury freshman Daniel Albers (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) were named the 2012 CAC Co-Rookies of the Year.  Charles, a first-team singles and doubles all-star this year, is the eighth Eagle to win the Rookie of the Year award while Albers, a second-team singles and doubles all-star this season, is the sixth Sea Gull to win the award.

        Mary Washington's Todd Helbling was tabbed by his peers as the CAC Coach of the Year for the fourth-straight year and the ninth time in the last 11 years.  He has won the award more than any other men's tennis coach in CAC history after leading the Eagles to their 13th-straight CAC crown.

        Blahkin and Charles were joined by four teammates - freshman Tyler Carey (Moseley, Va./Crosby), junior Will Apperson (Louisville, Ky./Ballard), senior Riley Baver (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) and senior Kevin Aquino (Port Orange, Fla./East Stroudsburg, Pa.) - as UMW captured all six first-team all-star nods. 

        Baver moved up to first-team All-CAC singles after three years as a second-team all-conference selection while Apperson, the 2010 CAC Rookie of the Year, is a three-time first-team all-star.

        Four of the Eagles - Charles, Blahkin, Carey and Baver - were also first-team doubles all-stars as UMW also swept all six All-CAC doubles positions.  They were joined by freshmen Donato Rizzolo (Juniper, Fla./Laurel Springs) and Kaleb Nyugen (Winchester, Va./Sherando).  Charles and Rizzolo play first doubles, Blahkin and Carey are in the No. 2 position while Baver and Nuygen are in the third slot.  Baver, a first-team doubles honoree last year, is the only returnee to the All-CAC team as a doubles player.

        Salisbury, which finished third in the regular season and advanced to the CAC title match for the sixth-straight year since the addition of the conference's post-season tournament in 2007, dominated four of the six second-team All-CAC singles positions and swept all six second-team doubles spots.

        Albers was joined on the second-team All-CAC squad by junior Adam Goldberger (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch), freshman Nick Mancuso (Victor, N.Y./Victor) and senior Justin Smith (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key).  All three Gulls are first-time CAC all-stars.

        Joining the second-team CAC singles all-stars - Albers, Goldberger, Smith and Mancuso - on the second-team doubles roster are seniors Daniel Barnas (La Plata, Md./La Plata) and Curtis Quandt (Kent Island, Md./Kent Island).  Albers and Barnas play No. 1 doubles, Goldberger and Smith combine for the No. 2 position while Quandt and Mancuso fill the No. 3 position.  Barnas is a four-time All-CAC doubles players, including first team the past two seasons.

        St. Mary's sophomore Andrew Gear (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and senior Thomas Hoesman (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) were also named to the second-team All-CAC singles squad.  Gear was a first-team all-star and CAC Rookie of the Year in 2011.
       
       

2012 All-CAC Men's Tennis Team

SINGLES
First Team       Yr.      Pos.    Team     Hometown/High School     Previous Singles Honors
Alex Blahkin    So.     1st     Mary Washington Moscow, Russia/Saddlebrook Prep (Fla.)  2nd in '11
Evan Charles    Fr.     2nd     Mary Washington Richmond, Va./Deep Run
Tyler Carey     Fr.     3rd     Mary Washington Moseley, Va./Cosby
Will Apperson   Jr.     4th     Mary Washington Louisville, Ky./Ballard 1st in '11, 1st & ROY in '10
Riley Baver     Sr.     5th     Mary Washington  Wayne, Pa./Radnor       2nd in '11, 2nd in '10; 2nd in '09
Kevin Aquino    Sr.     6th     Mary Washington Port Orange, Fla./East Stroudsburg (Pa.)


Second Team      Yr.      Pos.    Team     Hometown/High School     Previous Singles Honors
Andrew Gear     So.     1st     St. Mary's      Westminster, Md./Winters Mill   1st & ROY in '11
Daniel Albers   Fr.     2nd     Salisbury       Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls
Thomas Hoesman  Sr.     3rd     St. Mary's      Ellicott City, Md./Howard
Adam Goldberger Jr.     4th     Salisbury       Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch
Nick Mancuso    Fr.     5th     Salisbury       Victor, N.Y./Victor
Justin Smith    Sr.     6th     Salisbury       New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key

DOUBLES
First Team       Yr.      Pos.    Team     Hometown/High School     Previous Doubles Honors
Evan Charles    Fr.     1st     Mary Washington Richmond, Va./Deep Run
Donato Rizzolo  Fr      1st     Mary Washington Juniper, Fla./Laurel Springs
Alex Blahkin    So.     2nd     Mary Washington Moscow, Russia/Saddlebrook Prep (Fla.)
Tyler Carey     Fr.     2nd     Mary Washington Moseley, Va./Cosby
Riley Baver     Sr.     3rd     Mary Washington  Wayne, Pa./Radnor       1st in '11
Kaleb Nyugen     Fr.     3rd      Mary Washington  Winchester, Va./Sherando



Second Team      Yr.      Pos.    Team     Hometown/High School     Previous Doubles Honors
Daniel Albers   Fr.     1st     Salisbury       Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls
Daniel Barnas   Sr.     1st     Salisbury       La Plata, Md./La Plata  1st in '11, 1st in '10, 2nd & ROY in '09
Adam Goldberger Jr.     2nd     Salisbury       Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch
Justin Smith    Sr.     2nd     Salisbury       New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key
Curtis Quandt   Sr.     3rd     Salisbury       Kent Island, Md./Kent Island
Nick Mancuso    Fr.     3rd     Salisbury       Victor, N.Y./Victor


2012 CAC Player of the Year:     Alex Blahkin, Mary Washington
2012 CAC Co-Rookie of the Year:  Evan Charles, Mary Washington
2012 CAC Co-Rookie of the Year:  Daniel Albers, Salisbury
2012 CAC Coach of the Year:      Todd Helbling, Mary Washington (9th time, also in '02, '03, '05- '07, '09-'11)