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Srugo Named CAA Men's Tennis Rookie And Co-Player of the Year

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Release: April 20, 2006
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April 20, 2006

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Old Dominion newcomer, Harel Srugo (Kibutz Gazit, Israel), was selected as the 2006 Colonial Athletic Association co-men's tennis Players of the Year and Rookie of the Year by a committee of the league's head coaches on the eve of the CAA Men's Tennis Tournament.

Srugo had a sensational 2005-06 campaign, compiling a 23-6 overall singles mark. He owns wins over four ranked foes and is #30 in the nation in the latest ITA national rankings. Srugo is also 17-4 in doubles this season, including a 16-2 record with partner Aleksandr Seleznev. The duo is #51 in the most recent ITA rankings.

Srugo shares the award with VCU's Arnaud Lecloerec, who earned the award for the second straight season after posting a 23-8 overall singles record. Ranked #16 in the nation by the ITA, the has posted nine victories over ranked opponents this season. He has also excelled in doubles with a 14-7 overall mark. He and partner Petr Olsak are #49 in the latest ITA rankings.

Joining Srugo on the All-CAA first team in singles were teammate sophomore Eidy Igarashi (Sao Jose do Rio Prieto, Brazil), in singles, and freshman Aleksandr Seleznev (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) in doubles. Igarashi, ranked #107 in the ITA Poll and last season's Rookie of the Year, posted a 23-11 overall record including a 12-7 mark at No. 3 single this season.

Junior Henrique Cancado (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and Seleznev earned second team singles honors while the doubles team of Cancado and Igarashi were named to the second team doubles squad. Cancado played his way to a 25-8 overall mark, including a 19-4 dual meet record, while Seleznev earned a 22-6 overall record in his first season with the Monarchs. Cancado and Igarashi teamed for a 17-8 overall record and were featured in the ITA during the early part of the season.

The awards were presented Thursday night prior to the quarterfinals of the 2006 CAA Men's Tennis Championship, which resumes Friday morning at the Huntington Park Tennis Center in Newport News. The tournament runs through Sunday, with the men's championship set for 10 a.m. on April 23.

2006 ALL-CAA MEN'S TENNIS TEAM

First Team
Singles

Arnaud Lecloerec, VCU Jr. Plouhinec, France
Harel Srugo, Old Dominion Fr. Kibutz Gazit, Israel
Martin Stiegwardt, Georgia State Jr. Quito, Ecuador
Eidy Igarashi, Old Dominion So. Sao Jose do Rio Prieto, Brazil
Colin O'Brien, William & Mary Jr. Dublin, Ireland
Alex Israel, VCU So. Marseille, France

Doubles
Arnaud Lecloerec, VCU Jr. Plouhinec, France Petr Olsak, VCU
Jr. Novy Jicin, Czech Republic
Harel Srugo, Old Dominion Fr. Kibutz Gazit, Israel
Aleksandr Seleznev, Old Dominion Fr. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Martin Stiegwardt, Georgia State Jr. Quito, Ecuador
Anze Cevka, Georgia State So. Kamnik, Slovenia

Second Team
Singles
Nikola Djordjevic, Hofstra Sr. Belgrade, Serbia
Caio Piacentini, UNC Wilmington Jr. Sao Paolo, Brazil
Henrique Cancado, Old Dominion Jr. Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Stephen Ward, William & Mary Sr. Douglaston, N.Y.
Sergi Arumi, VCU Jr. Barcelona, Spain
Aleksandr Seleznev, Old Dominion Fr. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Doubles
Alex Cojanu, William & Mary So. Hallandale, Fla.
Billy Mulligan, William & Mary Fr. Miami, Fla.
Henrique Cancado, Old Dominion Jr. Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Eidy Igarashi, Old Dominion So. Sao Jose do Rio Prieto, Brazil
Francesc Lleal, VCU Sr. Barcelona, Spain
Sergi Arumi, VCU Jr. Barcelona, Spain

Third Team
Singles

Alex Cojanu, William & Mary So. Hallandale, Fla.
Petr Olsak, VCU Jr. Novy Jicin, Czech Republic
Francesc Lleal, VCU Sr. Barcelona, Spain
Jesse Tarr, James Madison So. Midlothian, Va.
Damien Lancombe, VCU So. Perigueux, France
Nejc Podkrajsek, Georgia State Fr. Zalec, Slovenia

Doubles
Jesse Tarr, James Madison So. Midlothian, Va.
John Snead, James Madison Sr. Richmond, Va.
Dennis Myers, UNC Wilmington Jr. Charlotte, N.C.
Grant Holland, UNC Wilmington Jr. Charlotte, N.C.
Nikola Djordjevic, Hofstra Sr. Belgrade, Serbia
Luka Djordjevic, Hofstra So. Belgrade, Serbia

2006 CAA Co-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Arnaud Lecloerec, VCU, Harel Srugo, Old Dominion
2006 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Harel Srugo, Old Dominion
2006 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Paul Kostin, VCU

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