May 09, 2019
HADLEY, Mass. - Bowdoin senior Grant Urken (Purchase, N.Y.) is the NESCAC Player of the Year as voted on by the league’s coaches. He is the third Polar Bear to earn NESCAC Player of the Year honors, joining Colin Joyner (2003) and McAfee Burke (2005). The defending NCAA Division III singles champion, Urken is the winningest player in Bowdoin school and has totaled 91 career singles victories entering NCAA play, including 18 playing at the top of the Bowdoin ladder this year. Urken was selected to the First Team in both singles and doubles this season, bringing his All-NESCAC citation total to six.
Noah Lilienthal (Princeton, N.J.) is the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and is the first Wesleyan player to garner the award. He was selected to the First Team in doubles with playing partner, sophomore Adrian Roji (New Hope, Pa.). The duo owns a 17-5 mark this season as the top team for the Cardinals. Lilienthal also earned Second Team singles honors.
Williams senior Deepak Indrakanti (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named the winner of the Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award. A captain for the Ephs, he has played at No. 3 and No. 4 this season. He is the fourth Williams player to be honored with the award, joining Andrew Murray (2004), Dave Murray (2004), and Bryan Monier (2006).
Amherst head coach Todd Doebler was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year by his peers. He earns the honor for the first time in his five years directing the Mammoths. He led Amherst to the top seed in the NESCAC Championship and the Mammoths are hosting NCAA Tournament regional round action this weekend.
Bowdoin senior Jerry Jiang (Qingdao City, China) joins his doubles partner Urken as a First Team selection for both singles and doubles. Jiang is 21-4 playing at the No. 2 position for the Polar Bears and has combined with Urken to post a 15-5 mark as the top doubles team for Bowdoin. Jiang was a Second Team doubles selection in 2018 and was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2016.
Sophomores Boris Sorkin (Saint Petersburg, Russia) of Tufts and Andrew Finkelman (Portland, Ore.) of Wesleyan move up to the First Team in singles after earning Second Team honors as rookies. Sorkin is 23-5 playing at No. 1 for Tufts, while Finkelman has 10 wins playing at the top of the ladder for the Cardinals.
Middlebury senior Lubomir Cuba (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), the 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year, is a First Team singles selection for the third year in a row. He is 9-6 at the No. 1 position for the Panthers and helped them claim their ninth NESCAC title. Middlebury earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament and is hosting regional action this weekend.
Amherst sophomore Sean Wei (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), last year’s NESCAC Rookie of the Year, returns to the all-conference First Team in singles. He has 17 wins at No. 1 for the Mammoths this season as they host NCAA Tournament regional rounds this weekend.
The Williams duo of first-year Peter Frelinghuysen (New York, N.Y.) and junior Alex Taylor (Cincinnati, Ohio) round out the First Team selections, earning the accolade in doubles. Together, they own a record of 13-5 at the No. 1 spot for the Ephs. Taylor was also an All-NESCAC First Team doubles selection in 2018.
Men's Tennis All-Conference Teams
Player of the Year: Grant Urken, Bowdoin
Rookie of the Year: Noah Lilienthal, Wesleyan
Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award: Deepak Indrakanti, Williams
Coach of the Year: Todd Doebler, Amherst