Sacred Heart's Kirill Kasynov Named NEC Tennis Player of the Year

April 29, 2010

Sacred Heart junior Kirill Kasyanov (Yonkers, NY) was named the 2010 Northeast Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Year in a vote conducted by the league's head coaches and announced on Thursday. Kasyanov also garnered All-NEC first team honors in both singles and doubles and is joined by five of his teammates in earning all-conference accolades. For the women, sophomores Delaney Downing (Englewood, CO) and Kate Donnelly (Centerville, MA) earned All-NEC honors.

Joining Kasyanov on the All-NEC singles first team was junior teammate Adam Gart (Bedford, MA). Kasyanov and junior Nick Mazzarese (Stonington, CT) earned a spot on the All-NEC doubles first team at the #3 flight while juniors Chris Ujkic (Mattituck, NY) and Cole Conrad (Fairfield, CT) join them on the first team at the #2 doubles flight. On the All-NEC doubles second team was Gart and junior Michael Syer (Oakville, Ontario) in the #1 flight position.

Kasyanov took home eight Northeast Conference Player of the Week awards this season including six of the eight awarded during the spring portion of the schedule. The junior rang up a 25-10 singles record in 2009-10 including a 17-4 mark playing at #1 in dual match play. Kasyanov finished the season strong, winning two singles matches in the NEC Tournament. Once the schedule resumed in January, Kasyanov posted an impressive 15-4 singles record including a stretch of seven-straight wins.

In doubles action, the Pioneers had no better duo then Kasyanov and Mazzarese over the final months of the season. The team finished the season on an 11-match winning streak. The posted a record of 12-8 on the year, tied for the team's best doubles record, and 11-2 in dual matches playing from the #3 position.

Gart also topped the 20-win mark this season, finishing the season 21-8 playing at the #3 position. He posted a 15-5 dual match mark and along with Kasyanov was unbeaten against NEC opponents. He posted a pair of wins in the NEC Tournament and 8-1 over the final 10 matches of the season. He finished 12-4 during the spring schedule. In doubles play, Gart and Syer posted a 12-8 mark playing all season at #1 doubles. The duo was 8-6 in dual matches on the year.

The team of Conrad and Ujkic were 5-6 on the season but finished the season strong, winning their last three matches. The duo won a pair of matches in the NEC Tournament.

On the women's side, Downing posted a 16-11 singles record on the season playing in the four through six spots. In dual matches, she posted a 10-7 mark and finished the season winning her last three-straight. She along with Donnelly posted a 9-5 doubles record on the year. The finished out the season with two-straight wins and were 7-3 in their last 10 matches.

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