The 2011 CUNYAC/Hospital for Special Surgery All-Stars have been named and three of CSI’s players were honored while Head Coach Paul Ricciardi was awarded Coach of the Year. Nick Zikos was named Rookie of the Year while Masaru Takaki and Patrick Thomas were named to the Second Team All-Stars.
As coach of the men’s and women’s tennis team for the past five years, this is Ricciardi’s second consecutive honor as Coach of the Year. With a 16-5 overall record and a 7-1 record in the conference, Ricciardi led his team to their third consecutive CUNYAC Regular Season Championship. The former CSI star helped his team get as far as the second round of the CUNY Tournament where they took a 5-4 loss to Hunter.
Freshman Zikos, who earned himself two weekly CUNY honors, has played a stellar role in CSI’s success this season. A mainstay in the No. 1 position, he has a singles record of 14-7 overall and 6-1 in the CUNY. Also a No. 1 doubles player, Zikos holds a 15-6 overall record and lost just one match in CUNY holding a 7-1 record.
A second year player as well as a second year All-Star, Thomas was a steady at the No. 2 spot for the Dolphins. He saw an 11-5 record in singles with a 3-2 CUNYAC record. Thomas holds an 11-6 doubles record with a 5-1 conference record. Together with Zikos, the duo has a 10-4 doubles record.
Studying abroad for the year, Takaki made a surprising impact on the Dolphins in his one year visit. Playing in spots from 2nd to 5th, he had a 13-4 overall singles record and was 6-2 in the CUNYAC. Takaki totaled a 12-4 doubles record that included a 7-2 conference record. Paired with teammate Joe Taranto, the team was 6-2 and near the end of the season Takaki and Georgio Dano were an undefeated duo with a 3-0 doubles record.
Christopher Jenbkens of Baruch was named Player of the Year whole Sportsmanship award was given to Ayman Busat of York.