WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (Apr. 19, 2018) - Queens College freshman Hugo Evangelista de Andrade was named East Coast Conference Men's Tennis Rookie of the Year on Thursday (Apr. 19) in a release put forth by the conference office.
Additionally, QC Head Coach Somadi Druker was named East Coast Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth straight year in a row. The Knights littered the All-Conference teams with Cosme Jubera and Gabriel Mendez earning All-ECC First Team honors and All-Conference Second Team laurels being presented to Roman Laga and Richard Sec.
Evangelista de Andrade proved to be an excellent addition to an already stacked Queens roster and proved his worth with a great year in both singles and doubles. The native of Golonia, Brazil finished with a records of 7‐5 in singles play and 5‐3 in doubles action. Evangelista de Andrade was solid in ECC action as well, finishing with marks of 2‐1 in singles and 1‐0 in doubles.
Coach Druker, meanwhile, has instilled a culture of success and progress in the Knights as evidenced by her being named Coach of the Year once again. Under Drukerʹs guidance, the Knights finished the regular season with a 17‐5 record and a 4‐1 mark in the ECC to earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Druker also has the Knights in line to return to the NCAA Championship. In the latest NCAA Regional Rankings released on Wednesday, Queens is currently ranked No. 3 in the East.
Mendez and Jubera were the No. 1 and 2 singles players, respectively, for the Knights for much of the season. Mendez's singles record of 11-7 is matched by his doubles mark of 15-5 in the top overall tandem. Mendez, a one-time Weekly Honor Roll selection, was 9-2 in doubles with Roman Laga at the No. 1 spot in doubles, additionally. Jubera, meanwhile, finished his year 14-4 in doubles play and 13-5 in singles play while earning two Player of the Week honors and a Weekly Honor Roll distinction.
Laga strongly defended third singles with an overall record of 11-4, adding a 10-7 mark at doubles overall including a 9-4 marker at first doubles for the Knights while Sec was a fantastic player at singles with a record of 14-5 overall---including an unblemished 5-0 record at third singles and an equally perfect 4-0 mark at fifth singles. Sec was also dominant in doubles with an 11-2 mark overall, going 6-0 at doubles with Jubera.
The Knights host UDC on Friday (Apr. 20) at 2 p.m. in the East Coast Conference Championship Tournament semi-final at the QC Tennis Center.