NEAC Announces 2017-18 Men's Tennis All-Conference Team and Individual Honors

NEAC Announces 2017-18 Men's Tennis All-Conference Team and Individual Honors

CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2017-18 Men’s Tennis All-Conference selections, which were determined during the individual tournament that was held at the Birchwood Tennis Club on Saturday and Sunday. The 2017-18 men’s tennis individual awards were also announced at the conclusion of the men’s tournament on Sunday afternoon.

The individual tournament consisted of the top-four seeded student-athletes for first through sixth singles and first through third doubles. Each flight saw the No. 1 seed take on the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed take on the No. 3 seed. The first-round winners advanced to the championship round, which produced six singles champions and three doubles champions, with those student-athletes also making up the All-Conference First Team. The runners-up from each flight in the championship round made up the All-Conference Second Team, while the All-Conference Third Team consists of the winners of each flight from the consolation bracket. 

Penn State Abington sophomore Michael Litz (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) was named NEAC Player of the Year for the second-straight season. Litz won his opening match on Sunday against Bryn Athyn College’s Amit Padmanabhan (Monroe Township, N.J.) by a score of 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the No. 1 Singles Championship Match. The top-seeded Litz went on to earn the league’s top individual honor with a 6-3, 6-0 victory in the final match of the weekend over Will Byler (Lancaster, Pa.) from Penn State Berks. Litz finished the weekend as a two-time NEAC All-Conference First Team selection with wins at No. 1 singles and doubles.

Penn State Berks Curtis Uhle (Blue Bell, Pa.) was selected as the NEAC Rookie of the Year after enter this year’s tournament as the top seed at No. 3 singles and part of the Nittany Lions’ duo that was the second seed in No. 2 doubles. In addition to his efforts to help his team earn NEAC/NAC West Division Championship, Uhle earned All-Conference First Team honors at No. 2 doubles. Uhle and partner Federico Ochoa (Buenos Aires, Argentina) defeated top-seeded Will DeMarco (Glen Mills, Pa.) and Garrett Benner (Selinsgrove, Pa.) from Penn College in the No. 2 doubles championship match. Uhle also earned an All-Conference Second Team nod at No. 3 singles.

Penn College head coach John Machak and Penn State Berks head coach Scott Yarnell were named NEAC Co-Coach of the Year. Machak led the Wildcats to a 4-1 record against NEAC teams to give Penn College the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. In just his second season, Machak’s team had three All-Conference First Team selections and six overall. Yarnell and the Nittany Lions entered the postseason as the top seed before going on to win their second-straight NEAC/NAC West Division Championship. Under Yarnell’s leadership, Penn State Berks had nine all-conference selections at the NEAC tournament. This year’s award marks the second time Yarnell has been honored by the league’s coaches.

Complete results from the men’s tournament can be viewed here. The 2017-18 NEAC All-Conference Team can be viewed below.

2017-18 NEAC Men's Tennis All-Conference Team

Flight Name Yr. Hometown Institution
First Team
No. 1 Singles Michael Litz  So. Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Penn State Abington
No. 2 Singles Diego Olazagasti  So. Exeter, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 3 Singles Garrett Benner Fr. Selinsgrove, Pa. Penn College
No. 4 Singles Federico Ochoa  So. Buenos Aires, Argentina Penn State Berks
No. 5 Singles Andrew Mandujano  So. Philadelphia, Pa. Penn State Abington
No. 6 Singles Stephen Helminiak  Sr. Williamsport, Pa. Penn College
No. 1 Doubles

Michael Litz

Brandon Zweiback 

So.

So.

Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Penn State Abington
No. 2 Doubles

Curtis Uhle

Federico Ochoa

Fr.

So.

Blue Bell, Pa.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Penn State Berks
No. 3 Doubles

Stephen Helminiak

Ethan Rosler

Sr.

Jr.

Williamsport, Pa.

Bloomsburg, Pa.

Penn College
Second Team
No. 1 Singles Will Byler Sr. Lancaster, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 2 Singles Ming Bowser  Jr. Moses Lake, Wash. Lancaster Bible
No. 3 Singles Curtis Uhle  Fr. Blue Bell, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 4 Singles Will DeMarco  Fr. Glen Mills, Pa. Penn College
No. 5 Singles Grant Batzer  Sr. Lititz, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 6 Singles Shane Leaf  Sr. Coatesville, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 1 Doubles

Will Byler

Diego Olazagasti 

Sr.

So.

Lancaster, Pa.

Exeter, Pa.

Penn State Berks
No. 2 Doubles

Will DeMarco

Garrett Benner

Fr.

Fr.

Glen Mills, Pa.

Selinsgrove, Pa.

Penn College
No. 3 Doubles

Grant Batzer

Shane Leaf 

Sr.

Sr.

Lititz, Pa.

Coatesville, Pa.

Penn State Berks
Third Team
No. 1 Singles Luke Newberry  Jr. Lititz, Pa. Lancaster Bible
No. 2 Singles Ilker Erkut So. Philadelphia, Pa. Penn State Abington
No. 3 Singles Evan Holbrook  Sr. Rising Sun, Md. Lancaster Bible
No. 4 Singles Youssef Omar  Fr. Cleveland, Ohio Penn State Abington
No. 5 Singles Keven Vallette  So. Douglassville, Pa. Lancaster Bible
No. 6 Singles James Hutchinson Jr. Star Tannery, Va. Lancaster Bible
No. 1 Doubles

Luke Whitenight

Blake Whitmire 

So.

So.

Berwick, Pa.

Shickshinny, Pa.

Penn College
No. 2 Doubles

Ilker Erkut

Youssef Omar

So.

Fr.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Cleveland, Ohio

Penn State Abington
No. 3 Doubles

Andrew Mandujano

Alex Sphabimxay

So.

Fr.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Penn State Abington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.

*Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in the sport of men’s tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men’s tennis and members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division. Each division will hold a championship and the two divisional champions will meet to determine the conference champion. The conference winner for each sport will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.