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Denison senior Tim Cianciola (Canfield, OH/Canfield) has been named the Player of the Year, while he and junior teammate Jack Bulger (Mill Valley, CA/Redwood) have been named the Doubles Team of the Year to highlight the 2022 All-North Coast Athletic Conference men's tennis team.
Cianciola, who is making his third appearance on the All-NCAC first team in singles, has claimed back-to-back NCAC Player of the Year honors. The senior, who was also named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2019, posted an overall singles record of 23-4, which included a 19-3 mark at the top-flight during dual matches this season. Cianciola is currently ranked No. 4 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region rankings. After winning their second-consecutive and 14th-overall league championship, the senior and his Big Red teammates will compete in the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament which will begin with first-round matchups on May 13.
Bulger and Cianciola were crowned as the NCAC Men's Tennis Doubles Team of the Year for the second-consecutive season after posting a perfect 21-0 overall mark at the No. 1 flight. The duo is currently ranked first in the most recent ITA regional rankings.
DePauw junior Thomas Partridge (North York, Ontario, Canada/Royal St Georges College) and Kenyon junior Luis Andres Platas (Sunny Isles, FL/Florida Virtual) each collected All-NCAC first-team certificates for the second-consecutive season, while Wooster senior Alon Liberman (Montevideo, Uruguay) elevated to the first team after earning honorable mention accolades in 2019. Allegheny’s Anton Hedlund (Hovas, Sweden/Katrinelundsgymnasiet) and Kenyon’s Rishil Kondapaneni (Cumming, GA/South Forsyth) made their All-NCAC first-team debut during their rookie campaigns.
In doubles, Denison’s Bulger and Cianciola were joined on the first team by the DePauw duo of senior Wyatt Metzger (Westfield, IN/Guerin Catholic) and junior Thomas Partridge (North York, Ontario, Canada/Royal St Georges College), along with the Wooster senior tandem of Austin Hanna (Seville, OH/Cloverleaf) and Alon Liberman (Montevideo, Uruguay). Partridge is making his second-straight top doubles team appearance, while Hanna and Liberman made the leap to the top team after earning honorable mention accolades in 2019.
Along with first-team honors in singles, Kondapaneni was also named the 2022 NCAC Men's Tennis Newcomer of the Year. The freshman finished the dual match season with a 12-5 record, which included a perfect 3-0 mark in conference play. He also posted an 11-7 mark in doubles action, which included a 9-2 record with junior teammate Thomas Kallarakal (Boyds, MD/Our Lady of Good Counsel). Kondapaneni is currently ranked No. 23 in the most recent ITA regional rankings.
Finally, DePauw head coach Scott Riggle was named the NCAC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. The Tigers prowled to a 13-9 mark this season, tallying the program’s most wins since 2014 (15-7). DePauw also posted a third-place finish at the 2022 NCAC Tournament, recording the program's third consecutive top-three finish in the postseason. This is the fourth overall NCAC Coach of the Year honor for Riggle, as he claimed NCAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015.