Men’s tennis gets five on All-HCAC teams; Giordanelli named Freshman of the Year

Brandon Giordanelli

RICHMOND, Ind. – Five members of the Earlham College men's tennis team were named to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference all-conference honors and a sixth was named the league's freshman of the year when HCAC annual men's tennis awards were announced Tuesday.

Seniors Vitalii Stadnyk and Vojislav Tatarevic, junior Nicola Manni, and sophomore Aleksandr Sergeev all earned First Team All-HCAC honors, while Joaquin Lerner was an Honorable Mention selection. Sergeev was also named to the HCAC Sportsmanship Team.

Brandon Giordanelli was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year, becoming the sixth Earlham student-athlete to earn HCAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2017-18.

Stadnyk finished the season with a 22-7 singles record, including an 18-5 ledger at no. 1 singles and 5-1 in the HCAC, with a 17-7 record in doubles play. A three-time First Team All-HCAC selection, he set Earlham's career singles victories mark earlier this season and completes his career with 73 singles wins.

Also a three-time All-HCAC selection, Tatarevic went 17-2 in singles in 2017-18, with a 12-1 mark at no. 3 singles and a 7-0 record versus HCAC opponents. He will close his career ranked fifth among Earlham career singles victories leaders with 59.

Manni posted a 14-7 mark this season, including a 9-4 mark at no. 4 singles with a 6-1 HCAC record. He logged 14 wins in doubles play, competing mostly at no. 2 and no. 3 doubles.

Sergeev charted a 15-9 overall record, with an undefeated 6-0 mark in HCAC matches and a
13-5 ledger at no. 2 singles. He tallied 12 doubles wins during 2017-18, including a 6-2 record at no. 3 doubles.

Lerner finished the year with a 17-6 overall mark, 6-0 in the HCAC, with a 10-1 record at no. 6 singles. He went 13-3 in doubles match, with a 6-2 record at no. 2 doubles and 4-0 at no. 3 doubles.

Giordanelli amassed a 22-5 record in his first season of collegiate tennis, including a 10-4 record at no. 5 singles and a 6-1 mark versus HCAC opponents. He had a 14-13 record in doubles competition, with half of those victories coming at no. 3 doubles.

Earlham finished its 2017-18 season with a 20-5 overall mark, setting a new program record for wins. The Quakers reached the championship match of the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Tournament for the second straight year and the seventh time over the last eight seasons.

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