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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) released the men's tennis All-SCIAC teams this past weekend and saw senior Julian Seneviratne and freshman David Konstantinov land on the 1st Team, while junior Chris Schommer landed on the 2nd.
Seneviratne earned a spot on the 1st Team for the third consecutive year after leading the Purple & Gold to yet another National Ranking (No. 19). He played in all 22 matches at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles accumulating a 14-8 singles record and an 18-4 doubles record. He was Nationally Ranked No. 12 and No. 7 in the West Region in doubles with partner Konstantinov and was ranked No. 13 in the West Region in singles.
He was a Fall ITA Doubles Finalist and reached the Quarterfinals in the Ojai Valley Tennis Championships in both singles and doubles and finished the season with quality wins over nationally ranked opponents from Pomona-Pitzer, Villanova, Middlebury, Swarthmore, and Haverford.
In his first year as a Poet, Konstantinov made an immediate impact playing as the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles player, combining with Seneviratne. Konstantinov ended the conference season with a 3-2 record. For his efforts, Konstantinov ended the regular season as the No. 15 ranked player in the West Region and was named the ITA West Regional Rookie of the Year. As a doubles player, Konstantinov went 4-1 and earned a No. 7 ranking. During conference play he earned quality wins over No. 11 Max Sabel (Pomona-Pitzer) and Steve Perkins (Occidental) and midway through the year he held an eight match winning streak with wins coming over No. 10 Andrew La Cava (Whitman), Bratner Jones (Middlebury) and Ross Putterman (Washington University).
Schommer lands on the 2nd Team for the second straight year after finishing 4-2 in singles and 5-1 in doubles all within SCIAC competition. During the year he primarily played at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles and compiled impressive wins over Alex Nichols (Cal Lutheran), Connor Hudson (Pomona-Pitzer), and Brett Buford (Chapman) helping lead him to a No. 23 West Regional singles ranking and a No. 12 ranking in doubles with partner Andrew Hansen.
Senior Nicholas Ballou from Cal Lutheran was named the Player of the Year for the second straight year, while sophomore Joe Dorn of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps earned the Newcomer of the Year honor and Caltech the team sportsmanship award.