March 7, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Army's Carolyn Pittman and Sam Lampman have helped their respective Black Knights squads to strong starts to the 2014 tennis season with their play to date. The Patriot League announced Friday that Pittman has been named the Women's Tennis Player of the Month for February and Lampan is recognized with the corresponding Men's honor.
The Army women's team got off to an 11-1 record, losing only to Rutgers during the month of February. Pittman was 9-1, playing primarily No. 2 singles and teamed with Jamila Paul for an 11-0 mark in doubles. The sophomore's only loss of the season was a 6-7, 3-6 setback against Rutgers' Gina Li.
After losing his first singles match of the season Lampman, a freshman, has reeled off seven straight victories while playing mostly No. 1 singles for the Black Knights and has won his last two doubles matches, as well. The Army men's squad posted a 7-1 mark through the end of February, dropping a 5-2 affair with Binghamton.
Patriot League Monthly Tennis Awards (February)
MALE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
SAM LAMPMAN, ARMY Fr., Orlando, Fla.
Playing six of his eight matches from the No. 1 position, Lampman has won seven straight since opening season with a 6-5, 6-2 loss to Monmouth's Victor Pugliese. Bounced back from the loss to win a tough three-set match (4-6, 6-3, 6-2) from Niagara's David Raymond. Last five wins have all been in straight sets. Teamed with Peter Sienko to win an 8-6 doubles match at No. 1 doubles against St. Bonaventure and won at No. 3 doubles against Drexel while paired with Harrison McCormick. Had one of only two wins for Black Knights in loss at Binghamton.
FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
CAROLYN PITTMAN, ARMY So., West Chester, Ohio
Pittman has been near-perfect this season, rolling to a 9-1 mark in singles and forming an unbeaten (11-0) tandem in doubles with senior Jamila Paul. The West Chester, Ohio sophomore has played primarily No. 2 singles for the Black Knights, but stepped up to No. 1 for the first time this season to beat Albany's Mireille Hermans on Feb. 21. All of Pittman's singles wins have been in straight sets, including a 6-3, 6-3 win over Seton Hall's Hannah Liljekvist and a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Stony Brook's Nadia Smergut in the first week of February.
GREG OLESNYCKY, LOYOLA MARYLAND, So. Florham Park, N.J.
Olesnycky has a perfect start to the season, positing a 4-0 record playing No. 4 singles for the Greyhounds and a 3-0 record while teaming with Jordan Kuchta at No. 2 doubles. Battle back to win a 1-6, 7-6(4), 8-6 match from Delaware's Mike Furr and teamed with Kuchta to defeat Furr and partner Evan Andrews 8-7(5) in the same match.
MARIA CIOFFI, BUCKNELL So., Williamsport, Pa.
Cioffi has earned wins at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles for Bucknell this season. Only loss was 6-2, 6-4at No. 1 singles against 49th ranked Penn State. She and doubles partner Elena Vidrascu were leading the No. 1 doubles team of Penn State 5-4 when final doubles point was awarded.
JEREMY KOCHMAN, LEHIGH So., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Kochman has posted a 5-0 singles record playing at a mix of positions 3-5 in the Lehigh lineup. Won three set matches against both Monmouth and Stony Brook. Has teamed with Ben Gilman for a 4-3 record at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles for the Mountain Hawks.
SAM DROOP, NAVY So., Hilton Head, S.C.
Only loss during 5-1 start to season for Droop was at No. 3 singles against 45th-ranked DePaul. Won three-set matches in wins against Richmond and Seton Hall. Droop is also 4-2 while playing primarily No. 3 doubles for Navy.
CALVIN MARK, NAVY Jr., Union City, Calif.
Playing the majority of his matches as No. 2 singles, Mark won 7 of 10 matches in January and February. Two of his three singles loss are against nationally-ranked opponents (#1 Virginia, #23 North Carolina). Opened the season with a 6-5, 4-6, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles over Robin Fister of 45th-ranked BYU. Mark is 5-3 at No. 2 doubles while being paired with Daniel Blake.