PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference announced its 2017 Men's Tennis Major Awards and All-Conference Teams on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 as voted on by the league's seven head coaches. Kyle Curley (Gorham, ME) from the University of Southern Maine was named the Little East Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Year and also picked up All-LEC First Team honors for both Singles and Doubles action.
Curley, competing as the No. 1 seed, finished with an overall record of 6-2 and was undefeated in LEC singles competition this season. Curley partnered with Samuel Holland (Falmouth, ME) and combined for a 6-2 overall record as the Huskies' No. 1 seeded doubles team and posted an undefeated 5-0 doubles record against LEC opponents. The duo's success also earned them All-LEC First Team Doubles honors.
UMass Boston freshman Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.) was named LEC Men's Tennis Rookie of the Year. With Comerchero earning the LEC's top rookie honors, it becomes the third straight season a member of the Beacons' men's tennis program has won the LEC Rookie of the Year award (DeLasse '15 and Bhasin '16). Comerchero finished his campaign with an 8-6 overall record (5-0 LEC) as the Beacons' No.3 Singles player and won seven of the last eight singles matches of the 2017 season. Comerchero also earned All-LEC First Team Doubles with partner Austin DeLasse (Mexico City, Mexico) after ending the year with a 7-4 record at No.1 Doubles.
UMass Boston head coach Eric Berg was named 2017 LEC Coach of the Year as voted on by his peers. Berg is in his 11th season at the helm of the Beacons' tennis program and guided the 2017 Beacons to an undefeated LEC regular season and claimed the program's first tournament championship since 2013.
Joining Curley as All-LEC First Team Singles selections are Salem State's Chen Chen (Lawrence, Mass.), Bridgewater State's Chris Jastrab (Chicago, Ill.) and Matt McGee (Warren, R.I.), Western Connecticut State's Aaron Campos (Ridgefield, Conn.) and UMass Boston's DeLasse.
The All-LEC First Team Doubles selections are the pairs of Curley/Holland from Southern Maine, McGee/Jastrab from Bridgewater State and Comerchero/DeLasse from UMass Boston.
The All-LEC Second Team Singles performers for the 2017 men's tennis season are Southern Maine's Sam Holland, Salem State's Mitchell Dyer (North Attleboro, Mass.), Western Connecticut's Jason Hipona (Orange, Conn.), Rhode Island College's Matt Gambardella (West Warwick, R.I.) and UMass Boston's Comerchero and Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India).
The All-LEC Second Team Double pairs are Salem State's Chen/Dyer, UMass Boston's Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla.)/Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) and Rhode Island College's pair of Chandler Scott (Ashaway, R.I.) and Cory Duquette (Warwick, R.I.).
2017 Little East Conference Men's Tennis
Player of the Year
Kyle Curley, Senior, Southern Maine
Rookie of the Year
Alexander Comerchero, Freshman, UMass Boston
Coach of the Year
Eric Berg, 11th season, UMass Boston
All-Little East First Team
Singles Kyle Curley Sr. Southern Maine
Singles Chen Chen So. Salem State
Singles Chris Jastrab Sr. Bridgewater State
Singles Matt McGee Sr. Bridgewater State
Singles Aaron Campos Fr. Western Connecticut
Singles Austin DeLasse Jr. UMass Boston
Doubles Kyle Curley/Samuel Holland Southern Maine
Doubles Matt McGee/Chris Jastrab Bridgewater State
Doubles Alexander Comerchero/Austin DeLasse UMass Boston
All-Little East Second Team
Singles Samuel Holland Jr. Southern Maine
Singles Mitchell Dyer Fr. Salem State
Singles Jason Hipona Sr. Western Connecticut
Singles Alexander Comerchero Fr. UMass Boston
Singles Matt Gambardella So. Rhode Island College
Singles Sanshrut Sharma Jr. UMass Boston
Doubles Chen Chen/Mitchell Dyer Salem State
Doubles Josh Bhasin/Tin Tran UMass Boston
Doubles Chandler Scott/Cory Duquette Rhode Island College