June 10, 2014

Tyler Carey Named VaSID College Division Player of the Year, Helbling Named Coach of the Year as All-State Teams Announced

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – University of Mary Washington junior Tyler Carey (Moseley, Va.) has been named State College Division Player of the Year, UMW head coach Todd Helbling repeated as State Coach of the Year, and Virginia Wesleyan College freshman Kenney Downing (Washington, D.C.) gained state Rookie of the Year as the 2014 Virginia Sports Information Directors announced the College Division Men's Tennis teams on Friday.

Carey led Mary Washington to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 21-6 record, as the junior gained Player of the Year honors with a 17-12 overall mark at number one singles and a 19-11 mark at one doubles with Evan Charles, primarily against nationally-ranked opponents. Carey was named CAC Player of the Year for the second straight year, and was a first team selection in singles and doubles, and individually advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both singles and doubles.

Helbling repeated as State Coach of the Year after leading UMW to a 21-6 record and advancing to the NCAA Tournament third round. The Eagles gained the CAC Championship for the 14th straight year, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th straight time, all under Helbling's tutelage.

Downing gains Rookie of the Year after winning the 2014 ODAC Rookie of the Year. He was a first team All-ODAC pick at No. 2 singles and 2nd team at No. 1 doubles, posting a 14-3 record in singles, including 9-1 in ODAC competition. He enjoyed a 10-match winning streak in singles during the season and teamed with Graham Wilson for a 14-5 record at No. 1 doubles (9-3 in ODAC play) He helped guide VWC to the runner-up finish in ODAC championship play and a 15-5 record, the best for the program since 2006.

Mary Washington led all schools with two doubles teams and six singles competitors on the all-state teams, while Washington & Lee saw one doubles team and three singles players named. Christopher Newport, Bridgewater, and Virginia Wesleyan were also represented.

Major Award Winners
Player of the Year: Tyler Carey, Mary Washington
Rookie of the Year: Kenney Downing, Virginia Wesleyan
Coach of the Year: Todd Helbling, Mary Washington

First Team Doubles
Michael Holt/Taylor Shamshiri, Washington & Lee
Tyler Carey/Evan Charles, Mary Washington
Stratton Gilmore/Brandon Griffin, Mary Washington
  
First Team Singles
Tyler Carey, Mary Washington
Graham Wilson, Virginia Wesleyan
Michael Holt, Washington & Lee
Alex Blakhin, Mary Washington
Kenney Downing, Virginia Wesleyan
Stratton Gilmore, Mary Washington
David Lunding-Johansson, Mary Washington
Taylor Shamshiri, Washington & Lee
     
Second Team Doubles
Brandon Larsen/Thomas Rishcoff, Bridgewater
Michael Baxter/Ryan Byrd, Randolph-Macon
Graham Wilson/Kenney Downing, Virginia Wesleyan
  
Second Team Singles
Brandon Griffin, Mary Washington
Evan Charles, Mary Washington
Christopher Hu, Washington & Lee
Steven Boslet Christopher Newport
Chiraag Shetty, Christopher Newport
Brandon Larsen, Bridgewater