Lagvilava, Altansarnai garner America East yearly awards

Senior Nini Lagvilava was the America East's Most Outstanding Player at last week's Championship

May 3, 2013

Cambridge, Mass. - For a second straight year, the Stony Brook women's tennis team took home both America East Player and Rookie of the Year as senior Nini Lagvilava (Tbilisi, Georgia) and freshman Jackie Altansarnai (Hinsdale, Ill.) garnered the honors from the conference on Friday.

Lagvilava, who owns a 14-1 record in dual matches this season, hasn't lost in nearly two months. She's ranked No. 124 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and is just the second player in conference history to earn Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons. Lagvilava also earned first team all-conference honors in singles and doubles.

Lagvilava will be the first women's tennis player in program history to compete at the NCAA Singles Tournament.

Playing primarily at No. 3 singles, Altansarnai posted a record of 9-3. Altansarnai was victorious in eight of her last nine matches. Despite not finishing her two matches at the conference tournament because of earlier results, she led by a set against Binghamton and Albany. Altansarnai earned second team all-conference honors in singles and doubles.

Last year's Rookie of the Year, sophomore Polina Movchan (Kiev, Ukraine), posted a 10-3 record in dual singles matches. She cruised in her two America East Championship matches, and teamed with Lagvilava to win the doubles point in the finals against Albany. Movchan joined Lagvilava as first team all-conference selections in doubles.

Freshman Louise Badoche (Paris, France), who teamed with Altansarnai for a 4-2 record, including an 8-4 victory over Bingahmton in the America East Championship semifinals.

On the men's side, sophomore Mons Knudtzon (Oslo, Norway) garnered first team all-conference honors. He recorded five singles wins, emerging as one of the Seawolves' most consistent players down the stretch. Knudtzon teamed with freshman Jose Morales (Bradenton, Fla.) to earn second team all-conference honors.