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Three of Firebird Men’s Tennis Earn All-East Coast Conference Honors

UDC boast three Men's tennis All-ECC selection.
UDC boast three Men's tennis All-ECC selection.

WEST BABYLON, NY – The University of the District of Columbia's Rok Bozic, Alexis Baguelin, and Sebastian Mermersky earned First and Second Team All-East Coast Conference Men's Tennis distinctions, respectively, as voted by the league's coaches and announced Thursday, April 19th ahead of this weekend's ECC Championship Tournament.

Bozic, a senior from Ljubljana, Slovenia, was 3-2 vs. ECC competition at No. 1 and No. 2 singles this season. He defeated St. Thomas Aquinas' Jakob Ljungberg, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, Daemen College's Second Team All-Conference honoree Rico Ruiz Martinez, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, and Robert Wesleyan's Guido Janssen, 6-2, 7-6. His two ECC singles losses came to ECC Player of the Year for the 2nd time in his NYIT career, Matej Selecky, and First Team All-ECC selection, Queens (N.Y.) Gabriel Mendez.

The Slovenian native also teamed up with Diego Pinto, Baguelin and Marco Feligioni for No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to win an impressive five out of five conference games. Among the five wins in conference play in doubles was the fantastic 8-6 win with Pinto at No. 1 doubles over NYIT's pair Francisco Caldos and Maxton Cook. Individually, Bozic finished with a remarkable overall doubles record of 16-5, which included his mesmerizing run in the ITA East Region Championship Tournament which led to a strong 7th place finish in the ITA Oracle Cup.

Baguelin, for the second consecutive year wins All-ECC Second Team Honors, with a conference singles record of 2-3 at No. 2 and No. 3 singles this season. He defeated Daemen College's Tim Georg, 6-4, 7-5, and Robert Wesleyan's Jose Carillo, 6-4, 4-6, 10-6. All three of his ECC singles losses came against three First Team honorees in NYIT's Francisco Caldas, Queens (N.Y.) Cosme Jubera, and St. Thomas Aquinas College's Andreu Ferragut- Lluch.

The Le Houlme, France native finished the season 8-7 overall in doubles play. He went 4-6 at No. 2 doubles with his partner Ander Murillo, 1-1 with Bozic, and 3-0 with Mermersky. In conference play Baguelin finished 4-1 overall in doubles play.

Finally, Mermersky, a freshman from Washington, DC, was also announced as Second Team All-ECC selection. With injuries stopping his introduction early in the season, Mermersky competed in three ECC singles matches at which he won all three at No. 1 and No. 2 singles to help the Firebirds push for the ECC Championship Tournament. Wins over St. Thomas Aquinas College's Aaron Stahl, 6-2, 6-4, Daemen College's David Gonzalez Villegas, 6-2, 6-4, and Robert Wesleyan's Hugo Ball-Greene, 6-2, 6-1.

The Washington, DC native also saw doubles action in those three matches winning all three with his doubles partner Baguelin at No. 1 and No. 2. He finished the season with a 3-0 overall record in doubles play.

Bozic, Baguelin, and Mermersky will lead the No. 3 seeded Firebirds in their battle against No. 2 seed and No. 3 in the East Region Queens College (N.Y.) in the ECC Championship Tournament semifinals on Friday, April 20th at 2PM.


First Team
Rok Bozic, Sr., Dist. Columbia
Francisco Caldas, So., NYIT
Andreu Ferragut-Lluch, Sr., St. Thomas Aquinas
Cosme Jubera, Jr., Queens
Gabriel Mendez, Sr., Queens
Matej Selecky, R-Sr., NYIT

Second Team
Alexis Baguelin, Sr., Dist. Columbia
Rares Ispas, Jr., NYIT
Roman Laga, Sr., Queens
Sebastian Mermersky, Fr., Dist. Columbia
Ricardo Ruiz Martinez, Jr., Daemen
Richard Sec, Jr., Queens

Player of the Year: Matej Selecky, R-Sr., NYIT
Rookie of the Year: Hugo Evangelista de Andrade, Fr., Queens
Coach of the Year: Somadi Druker, Queens