Central Islip, N.Y. – New York Institute
of Technology junior Julio Pulido (Caceres, Spain) has been named
the East Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Year, as
voted on by the league’s coaches. Pulido's teammate,
freshman Matej Selecky (Bratislava, Slovakia) was selected Rookie
of the Year.
Pulido, currently the No. 5 ranked singles player in the East Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), holds an 11-3 record on the season against Division II opponents, including a 4-1 mark in ECC play to help NYIT top the ECC regular season standings. His wins include victories over nationally ranked opponents Robin Marchione of Rollins and Leo Vivas of Barry. Pulido also teamed with both Nicolas Auruccio and Selecky for dominant doubles pairings. In doubles play, Pulido finished the regular season with a 16-3 mark, all at the No. 1 flight, and was a perfect 5-0 in ECC action.
First year standout Selecky takes home the conference’s top rookie honor after posting a 12-3 overall record split mostly between the No. 5 and No. 6 singles flights. A three-time ECC Rookie of the Week, Selecky was 4-1 in singles action in ECC matches. He also posted an 11-7 record in doubles action and finished a perfect 5-0 in ECC play.
NYIT head coach, Chris Frusci, and Roberts Wesleyan head coach, Tom Linhart, have been selected as the Co-Coaches of the Year by their peers. Frusci guided his squad to an 18-5 overall record this season, including a 6-0 mark against conference opponents, to clinch the ECC regular season title. He also led the Bears to their highest ever national ranking of No. 19 in the ITA Poll.
Linhart has now led the Redhawks to second place finishes in their first two years in the conference after posting a 5-1 ECC mark in 2014. Despite the high finish under Linhart, Roberts Wesleyan, who currently boasts a 13-5 overall record, is not eligible for ECC Championship play as a NCAA Provisional Member.
2014 ECC Men’s Tennis All-Conference
Nicolas Auruccio, Jr., NYIT
Rafal Charkiewicz, Fr., NYIT
Charles Farres, So., Roberts Wesleyan
Youness Hidass, Sr., Queens
Julio Pulido, Jr., NYIT
Miguel Uzcategui, Sr., District of Columbia
Inigo Aldekoa, So., St. Thomas Aquinas
Christopher Baron, Sr., Queens
Nicolas Heintz, So., NYIT
Tomas Lieb, Jr., NYIT
Matej Selecky, Fr., NYIT
Sam Thorold, Sr., Roberts Wesleyan
Player of the Year: Julio Pulido, Sr., NYIT
Rookie of the Year: Matej Selecky, Fr., NYIT
Co-Coach of the Year: Chris Frusci, NYIT
Co-Coach of the Year: Tom Linhart, Roberts Wesleyan