Aaron Campos and Jason Hipona Named to the All-Little East Conference Men's Tennis Team

Aaron Campos and Jason Hipona Named to the All-Little East Conference Men's Tennis Team

PAWTUCKET, RI - Western Connecticut State University freshman Aaron Campos (Ridgefield, CT) and senior Jason Hipona (Orange, CT) have been named to the 2017 Little East Conference Men's Tennis All-Conference First and Second Teams, respectively.

official release from Adam Sopris - Little East Conference Assistant Commissioner

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