Little East Announces 2016 Men’s Tennis All-Conference & Major Awards

Little East Announces 2016 Men’s Tennis All-Conference & Major Awards

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference has announced its 2016 Major Awards and All-Conference teams for Men's Tennis on Tuesday as voted on by the league's coaches. Southern Maine senior Tyler Adams collects his third straight LEC Player of the Year Award after his continued dominance on the court and leading the USM Huskies to its fourth straight Little East Conference Tournament Championship.  UMass Boston freshman Josh Bhasin was named the 2016 Rookie of the Year.

Tyler Adams (Sr., Buxton, ME) led the Huskies to a 6-0 Little East Conference record and an 11-2 record overall.  Adams remained unbeaten through all 12 of his No.1 Singles matches while only losing one set, a 6-7 (0-3) first set and then came back to defeat Western Connecticut's Marco Gobbato in the final two sets 6-2, 6-1. Adams only lost more than three games in a single set only twice.  Adams joined teammate Kyle Curley as the No. 1 Doubles and dominated the competition, going an unbeaten 13-0 for the Little East Champions. Adams enters the NCAA Regional play with 39 consecutive matches at No.1 Singles won, dating back to the 2014 season when Adams started 1-2 and finished on a 14 match win streak. 

Freshman Josh Bhasin (Fr., Tulsa, Okla.) was named the 2016 LEC Rookie of the Year. Bhasin played all season as the No. 1 or the No. 2 Singles player for the UMass Boston Beacons. Bhasin posted a 9-4 Singles record at the No.2 flight, only losing two conference matches to LEC First Team member and LEC Champions Kyle Curley (Southern Maine). Bhasin was also a constant competitor at the No. 1 Doubles for the Beacons with multiple partners, posting a 7-11 Doubles record. 

Southern Maine's second year coach Tim Lacombe was named Little East Conference Men's Tennis 2016 Coach of the Year. Under the leadership of Coach Lacombe, the Huskies marched to its second straight undefeated conference record and an 11-2 overall record to secure an NCAA Regional bid to face Stevens Institute of Technology.

Little East Conference 2016 Men's Tennis All-Conference & Major Awards

Player of the Year:  Tyler Adams, Sr., Southern Maine

Rookie of the Year: Josh Bhasin, Fr., UMass Boston

Coach of the Year: Tim Lacombe (2nd season), Southern Maine

First Team

Singles            Tyler Adams               Sr.        Southern Maine        Buxton, ME

Singles            Kyle Curley                 Jr.        Southern Maine        Gorham, ME

Singles            Jack Wang                  Jr.        UMass Boston           Suzhou, China

Singles            Eric Berry-Sandelin     Sr.        Southern Maine        South Portland, ME

Singles            Dan Chouinard           Sr.        UMass Dartmouth     Westport, Mass.

Singles            Josh Bhasin               Fr.        UMass Boston            Tulsa, Okla.


Doubles          John Didonato           So.       Salem State                Newbury, Mass.

Doubles          Conner Erickson        Sr.        Salem State                Hubbardston, Mass.

Doubles          Tyler Adams              Sr.        Southern Maine          Buxton, ME.

Doubles          Kyle Curley                Jr.        Southern Maine         Gorham, ME

Doubles          Josh Bhasin                Fr.        UMass Boston           Tulsa, Okla.

Doubles          Austin DeLasse          So.       UMass Boston            Mexico City, Mexico


Second Team


Singles            Sam Holland              So.       Southern Maine                    Falmouth, ME.

Singles            Austin DeLasse          So.       UMass Boston                       Mexico City, Mexico

Singles            Marco Gobbato          So.       Western Connecticut              Yonkers, N.Y.

Singles            Jason Hipona             Sr.        Western Connecticut             Orange, Conn.

Singles            Matt Mcgee                Jr.        Bridgewater State                 Warren, R.I.

Singles            Romney Tiru              Sr.        Western Connecticut             Waterbury, Conn.


Doubles          Chen Chen                 Fr.        Salem State                         Lawrence, Mass.

Doubles          Dave Dluznieski         Sr.        Salem State                         Auburn, Mass.

Doubles          Eric Berry-Sandelin    Sr.        Southern Maine                    South Portland, ME

Doubles          Sam Holland              So.       Southern Maine                    Falmouth, ME.

Doubles          Alan Esposito             Fr.        Rhode Island College             Clinton, Conn.

Doubles          Matt Gambardella       Fr.        Rhode Island College             West Warwick, R.I.