May 8, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell's Nick Bybel and Johanna Hyoty, of Boston University have been named the Patriot League Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Month for April, the League announced Thursday. It is the first Player of the Month Award for Bybel in 2014 while Hyoty also received the honor for March.
Bybel was a perfect 5-0 playing exclusively No. 1 singles for the Bison and teamed with Aidan Lynch to post a 4-1 mark at No. 1 doubles. The Lancaster, Pa. native ended the season on an eight-match winning streak and was named first team All-Patriot League, Academic All-Patriot League and honored as the 2014 Patriot League Player of the Year.
Hyoty, the Patriot League Tournament MVP and 2014 Patriot League Player of the Year, was 3-0 at No. 1 singles for the Terriers and partnered with Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis for a 3-1 mark at No. 1 doubles. All of the Tampere, Finland natives singles wins during the month were in straight sets and Hyoty never dropped more than three games in a match.
Patriot League Monthly Tennis Awards (April)
MALE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
NICK BYBEL, BUCKNELL So., Lancaster, Pa.
Bybel has played at No. 1 singles and doubles for the duration of the spring season, compiling a 14-4 record in singles and a 9-7 record in doubles. The sophomore has a season mark of 26-9 in singles play and broke the single season record for victories. Bybel was undefeated in singles in the month of April and ended the season on an eight-match winning streak, losing just once in doubles play.
FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
JOHANNA HYOTY, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Tampere, Finland
Hyoty, the Patriot League Player of the Year, had a 14-3 record this spring in singles, including a 3-0 mark during the Patriot League regular season. The Tampere, Finland native also was 13-4 in doubles play. During April she helped the Terriers finish off a perfect regular season in League play and a postseason title with a 3-0 singles mark at No. 1 singles and a 3-1 record at No. 1 doubles.
MARIA CIOFFI, BUCKNELL So., Williamsport, Pa.
Cioffi, the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete for Women's Tennis, was 6-0 at No. 2 singles and 4-3 at No. 1 doubles for the Bison.
BEN GILMAN, LEHIGH Jr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Gilman, The Patriot League Men's Player of the Month for March, was 6-0 during April playing primarily No. 2 singles and 3-4 at No. 2 doubles.
ELLE TAYLOR, ARMY Jr., Redondo Beach, Calif.
Taylor was 4-1 playing a combination of No. 4 and No. 5 singles and 6-1 in a mix of No. 1 and No. 2 doubles for the Black Knights.
ALEX VAN VELZER, ARMY Jr., Montgomery, Texas
The Patriot League Tournament MVP was 6-0 at No. 5 and No. 6 singles for the Black Knights and 2-0 at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
ERIN SNOOK, NAVY Sr. Tampa, Fla.
Snook went 4-0 in singles play during the month of April and was 4-2 in doubles. The senior will graduate as Navy's all-time leader in career singles wins with 90.
BLAKE DANIEL, NAVY Jr., Overland Park, Kan.
Daniel posted an overall singles record of 5-2 in April and a mark of 5-1 against league foes with both of the losses coming in three-set matches.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY DRAWS MIAMI IN NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS FIRST ROUND
The Terriers earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Patriot League title with a 4-1 win over nine-time defending champion Army on April 20. Boston University will be making its 14th trip to the NCAA tournament and will meet Miami who received an at-large bid after claiming a share of the ACC regular season title. The Terriers also faced the Hurricanes in the 2006 and 2010 NCAA Tournament after winning America East titles. They dropped both matches by identical 4-0 scores.
DEFENDING NCAA MEN'S TOURNAMENT CHAMPION VIRGINIA NEXT UP FOR ARMY
Army makes its sixth trip to the NCAAs, and its fourth under 12th-year head coach Jim Poling, after defeating Navy 4-1 in the Patriot League Tournament final. The Black Knights will face fourth-seed and defending NCAA champion Virginia in the first round. Army is 1-1 all-time against the Cavaliers, most recently falling to the Cavaliers in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
PATRIOT LEAGUE ANNOUNCES WOMEN'S MAJOR AWARD WINNERS AND ALL-LEAGUE TEAM
First Team -- Jamila Paul, Army, Sr.; Carolyn Pitman, Army, So.; Lauren Davis, Boston University, So.; Johanna Hyoty, Boston University, So.; Maria Cioffi, Bucknell, So.; Erin Snook, Navy, Sr.
Second Team -- Della Taylor, Army, Sr.; Leonie Athanasiadis, Boston University, Sr.; Elena Vidrascu, Bucknell, Sr.; Megan Hahn, Loyola, So.; Sam Droop, Navy, So.; Darien Sears, Navy, Sr.
Player of the Year - Johanna Hyoty, Boston University
Rookie of the Year - Nan Porter, Army
Coach of the Year - Lesley Sheehan, Boston University
Scholar-Athlete - Maria Cioffi, Bucknell
PATRIOT LEAGUE ANNOUNCES MEN'S MAJOR AWARD WINNERS AND ALL-LEAGUE TEAM
First Team -- Asika Isoh, Army, Sr.; Nick Bybel, Bucknell, So.; Luke Gensburg, Colgate, Sr.; Ben Gilman, Lehigh, Jr.; Austin Jones, Navy, So.; Calvin Mark, Navy, Jr.
Second Team -- Sam Lampman, Army, Fr.; Grant Riechmann, Army, Fr.; Alex Van Velzer, Army, Jr.; Chanon Varapongsittikul, Boston University, Sr.; Mark Goldberg, Lehigh, Sr.; Blake Daniel, Navy, Jr.
Player of the Year - Nick Bybel, Bucknell
Rookie of the Year - Sam Lampman, Army
Coach of the Year - Jim Poling, Army
Scholar-Athlete - Alex Van Velzer, Army