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
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
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
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)