CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – Senior Sharvill Nawghre was named East Coast Conference (ECC) Player of the Year, and Somadi Druker was selected as the league's Coach of the Year, headlining six All-ECC honorees from the Queens College men's tennis team, as announced by the league office on Thursday.
In addition to Nawghre's and Druker's major awards, four others landed all-conference nods. Nawghre, junior Gabriel Mendez and sophomore Cosme Jubera each collected first team honors, while junior Roman Laga and sophomore Richard Sec both picked up second team accolades.
Nawghre becomes a three-time all-conference selection, earning first team honors last season and second team laurels in 2015. He posted a 5-0 mark in ECC play this spring and went 7-1 at No. 1 singles, while going 10-6 overall. Nawghre also went 8-6 overall in doubles this spring, including 4-1 in ECC play alongside Laga, playing mainly at the top flight. A two-time ECC Player of the Week selection this season, Nawghre enters the ECC Championship on a four-match winning streak in singles.
Druker claims ECC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season, earning the honor in each of her three seasons as the Knights' head coach. Queens went 5-0 in ECC action to claim its first ECC Regular Season Championship since 2012. The Knights enter the ECC Championship as the top seed and host of the tournament, riding a four-match win streak. Druker's squad took down a pair of nationally ranked teams this spring, most notably ending NYIT's 29-match ECC winning streak with an 8-1 thrashing of the Bears on April 5.
Mendez picks up first team honors for the second season in a row after going 10-4 overall in singles out of the second and third positions. In ECC play, he went 5-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles, while posting a 4-2 overall doubles record. Meanwhile, Jubera claims first team recognition in just his first season with the Knights. He put together a 10-2 singles mark this spring (4-0 ECC), along with a 12-3 doubles record (3-1 ECC), and is on a seven-match singles win streak.
Laga takes second team plaudits for the second straight season after going 4-1 in ECC doubles matches and 2-0 in conference singles matches. Overall, he went 5-6 in singles and 7-7 in doubles this spring. Another newcomer, Sec, notched second team honors in his first season with Queens. Currently on a seven-match singles win streak, Sec went 10-3 in singles (4-0 ECC) this spring, while going 6-4 in doubles (2-0 ECC).
Queens, the top-ranked team in the region, will host St. Thomas Aquinas College at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 21, in the semifinals of the ECC Championship.