April 2, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Boston University's Johanna Hyoty and Ben Gilman, of Lehigh, have been named the Women's Tennis Player of the Month and Men's Tennis Player of the Month, respectively, for their standout play during the month of March, the Patriot League announced on Wednesday.
The Boston University women's team has a 10-6 overall record this season, including a 4-3 victory on March 1 over defending Colonial Athletic Association champion William & Mary. Playing either No. 1 or No. 2 singles and doubles, Hyoty was 6-1 in singles and 8-0 in doubles for the Terriers during the month.
Playing a mix of No. 1 and No. 2 singles and doubles, Gilman has helped Lehigh to an 8-5 start to the spring season. The junior was near-perfect during the month of March, teaming with Jeremy Kochman for a 5-0 doubles record and losing only once (7-5, 6-2 to Bryant's Dana Parziale at No. 1 singles) en route to a 4-1 record in singles.
Weather is getting in the way of the Mountain Hawks getting in to the swing of their Patriot League season. After a postponement this weekend with Loyola, Lehigh will now open at home with unbeaten Army (3-0) on Saturday.
For more information on upcoming matches of note, see the Patriot League Tennis notebook below.
Patriot League Monthly Tennis Awards (March)
FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
JOHANNA HYOTY, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Tampere, Finland
Hyoty posted a combined 14-1 record in singles and doubles for Boston University in March. The sophomore sparked the Terriers win over defending CAA champion William & Mary by earning a doubles point and then rallying for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Leeza Nemchinov at No. 2 singles. Hyoty was leading Virginia Commonwealth's 115th-ranked Yukako Noi in the third and deciding set when the Rams incorrectly halted the match with the team score decided. Hyoty beat the top players from Middle Tennessee State, Drake, Binghamton and Connecticut in straight sets.
MALE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
BEN GILMAN, LEHIGH Jr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Playing three of five matches from the No. 1 position, Gilman posted a 4-1 record in singles and teamed with Jeremy Kochman for a perfect 5-0 mark in doubles. Gilman won a three set match at No. 1 singles over Villanova's Mark Miller (6-0, 5-7, 6-2) and in straight sets against Temple's Nicholas Paulus at No. 1. Only loss of month was a 7-5, 6-2 setback at No. 1 to Bryant's Dana Parziale, but Gilman exacted some revenge as he teamed with Kochman to defeat Parziale and his partner 8-4 at No. 1 doubles.
HARRISON McCORMICK, ARMY So., Berwyn, Pa.>
McCormick was 5-0 singles while bouncing between No. 3 and No. 6 and 6-1 at No.1 doubles for the Black Knights.
JAMILA PAUL, ARMY Sr., Bulverde, Texas
Paul was 3-1 at No. 1 singles and teamed with Carolyn Pittman for a 5-0 mark at No. 2 doubles for the Black Knights.
NICK BYBEL, BUCKNELL So., Lancaster, Pa.
Playing exclusively at No. 1 singles and doubles for the Bison, Bybel was 6-2 in singles matches and teamed with Aidan Lynch for a 3-3 mark in doubles.
CALVIN MARK, NAVY Jr., Union City, Calif.
Mark had a combined 17-3 record at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and doubles for the Mids, including a perfect 9-0 mark in doubles.
ERIN SNOOK, NAVY Sr., Tampa, Fla.
Snook went 6-1 at No. 1 singles for the Mids and 4-3 playing primarily No. 2 doubles.
Patriot League Notebook
RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY
The unpredictable early spring weather is wreaking havoc on the Patriot League schedule. On the women's side some teams have played as many as four Patriot League matches (Army) or as few as one (Boston University, Lehigh). The Black Knights sit atop of the standings at 4-0 while Navy (2-0) and Boston University (1-0) also have unblemished league records. The men's side is even worse as Lehigh has yet to play a Patriot League match while Colgate, Holy Cross and Lafayette all have four under their belt. Army (3-0) and Boston University (3-0) join the Mountain Hawks (0-0) without a loss in league play.
ON THE HORIZON
Some battles involving unbeaten teams loom on the horizon in Patriot League play. The Army women will take its 4-0 record to square off against rival Navy on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Black Knights women's squad is 18-2 on the season while their opponent is 17-6. One hour later, the Army men (2-0) will square off with defending Patriot League Tournament champion Lehigh (0-0) in Bethlehem, Pa.
Reigning Patriot League Women's Tennis Player of the Week Johanna Hyoty lost out on a golden opportunity to knock of a ranked opponent in early March when her match against No. 115 Yukako Noi of Virginia Commonwealth was halted as the team outcome had been decided. The sophomore from Finland won the first set decisively and was leading in the third set when play was halted by the hosts. BU appealed and while the ITA agreed the match should have continued, they did not force a forfeit on VCU.
PILING UP THE WINS
Army men's coach Jim Polling registered the 400th win of his career on March 28 when the Black Knights defeated Sacred Heart 7-0. Polling is in his 28th season as a head coach (12th at Army) and 227 of those wins came during stops at Mississippi State, South Alabama, Tulsa and Rollins. In his first 11 years at Army, Poling has coached five Patriot League Players of the Year and has been named Coach of the Year on three occasions.
ARMY MEN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY WOMEN PICKED IN PRESEASON POLL
The Army men are the choice to capture the Patriot League title on their home court, according to the preseason poll of the head coaches and sports information directors. The Black Knights received half (nine) of the first place votes and 121 points, Navy was second with five first place votes and 109 points and defending tournament champion Lehigh this with four first place votes and 103 points. Bucknell (76), Boston University (75), Colgate (63), Loyola Maryland (50), Lafayette (35) and Holy Cross (16) round out the selections. On the women's side, Patriot League newcomer Boston University received 11 first place votes and 120 points to narrowly edge Army (7 first place votes, 119) for the top spot. Navy (103), Bucknell (83), Colgate (62), Loyola Maryland (59), Lehigh (56), Lafayette (27) and Holy Cross (19) complete the predicted order of finish.
The Patriot League Tennis tournaments are quickly approaching. The women's championship will be held at Bucknell University and begin on Thursday, April 17 with first round action between the No. 8 and No. 9 seed. The quarterfinal round will be held on Friday with winners advancing to Saturday's semifinals. A champion will then be crowned at the conclusion of the final match at noon on Sunday, April 20. One week later, Thursday-Sunday, April 24-27, Army will host the men's tournament at the Malek Courts in West Point, N.Y. The men's event will follow the same format as the women's tennis championship with the first round being held on Thursday and running through the championship on Sunday, April 27.