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Ramapo's Willen Feygin Threepeats as GNAC Men's Tennis Player of the Year


WINTHROP, Mass. – For the third time in as many seasons, Ramapo College's Willen Feygin has been selected as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Year, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon. The senior last week helped lead the Roadrunners to their six straight GNAC Championship and fourth straight NCAA Division III Tournament berth, as Ramapo defeated Regis (Mass.), 5-1, down in Mahwah, N.J. 

Feygin went 12-4 overall at No. 1 singles for the Roadrunners, including a 3-0 mark in conference play. The All-GNAC First Team selection also earned Second Team Doubles recognition with partner Adam Patrovics, as the tandem went 12-4 together at No. 1 doubles for Ramapo. 

Meanwhile, Ramapo head coach Raza Baig's program gets set to square off against Yeshiva on Thursday at host Bowdoin. For his efforts leading the Roadrunners this spring, Baig was chosen as the 2018 GNAC Coach of the Year. 

In its first year of competition in the GNAC, Regis advanced all the way to the GNAC Final and placed three on the First Team in Nolan Bebart, Chris Harrow and Luke Horton, while Harrow/Horton also earned First Team Doubles honors in the conference. The Pride also received the GNAC's Institutional Sportsmanship Award in the sport of men's tennis. 

Joining Feygin and the Regis trio on the First Team were Johnson & Wales University's Alex Rohana and Suffolk University's Ariel Ilarslan Russo, who was also selected as the GNAC Rookie of the Year by the league's head coaches after going 8-0 at No. 1 singles for the Rams, including 3-0 against conference opponents. The freshman also saw plenty of time at No. 1 doubles for Suffolk in his rookie campaign. 

For the complete All-Conference and All-Sportsmanship honorees, please see below. 

Men's tennis in the GNAC looks to take another competitive step forward in the 2018-19 academic year, as Colby-Sawyer College joins the conference as a full member and Eastern Nazarene College joings the GNAC as an associate member in the sport. 

First Team Singles
Alexander Rohana, Johnson & Wales (So., Providence, R.I.)
Willen Feygin, Ramapo (Sr., Fair Lawn, N.J.) 
Nolan Bebarta, Regis (Mass.) (So., Danville, Calif.) 
Chris Harrow, Regis (Mass.) (Sr., North Reading, Mass.) 
Luke Horton, Regis (Mass.) (Jr., Bass Harbor, Maine) 
Ariel Ilarslan Russo, Suffolk (Fr., Panama)

First Team Doubles
Chris Harrow / Luke Horton, Regis (Mass.)

Second Team Singles
Gianni Rodrigues, Johnson & Wales (Fr., Milton, Mass.) 
Ryan Schiele, Johnson & Wales (Sr., Lusby, Md.) 
Sam Beiter, Norwich (Jr., Youngstown, N.Y.)
Alexi Gilmore, Norwich (Fr., Haverhill, Mass.)
Brandon Davis, Rutgers-Newark (Sr., Woodbridge, N.J.) 
Mike DeFelice, Suffolk (So., Brandford, Conn.) 

Second Team Doubles
Willen Feygin / Adam Patrovics, Ramapo (Sr., Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Willen Feygin, Ramapo
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Ariel Ilarslan Russo, Suffolk
COACH OF THE YEAR – Raza Baig, Ramapo

Eric Brown, Albertus Magnus (Fr., New Haven, Conn.) 
Ryan Schiele, Johnson & Wales (Sr., Lusby, Md.)
Maddy Muthukumaraswany, Norwich (Fr., Montreal, Quebec)
Kevin Ilinets, Ramapo (So., Fair Lawn, N.J.)
Evan Russell, Regis (Mass.)  (So., East Wareham, Mass.)
Jake Collette-Nippins, Rutgers-Camden (Sr., Somerdale, N.J.)
Charles Tang, Suffolk (Jr., Hong Kong)

Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Each year, the GNAC sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunities and community involvement.