FIVE MEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS NAMED ALL-NEC
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Northeast Conference's coaches have selected five Monmouth University men's tennis players to the All-NEC Second Team, the league office today announced. Freddy Marcinkowski (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) earned second-team honors at No. 1 singles, while the doubles duos of Laurence Heads (Stockton-on-Tees, England/Repton School)/Francis Jedlinski (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold Township) and Tom Kowalski (Westfield, N.J./Westfield)/David Sherwood (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands) took the honor at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
The honor is the third of Heads' career, having been selected to the first team at singles and second team at doubles in 2009. Sherwood was selected for the second time, having been a second-team singles player last season.
In his freshman campaign, Marcinkowski won a team-best 18 singles matches out of the No. 1 flight. He went 6-3 in NEC play, including wins in the NEC Quarterfinals and Semifinals. He defeated 2011 All-NEC Second Team honoree Andrew Weeden of Quinnipiac twice, while also notching victories over Bryant's Zachary Morris, Robert Morris' Jose Limon, Mount St. Mary's Matthew Blake and Saint Francis (Pa.)'s Nathaniel Fleming.
Heads and Jedlinski won seven matches together, including a 6-4 overall record at No. 2 and a 3-1 mark against NEC competition. The duo defeated pairs from Bucknell, Rider, Villanova, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson. Perhaps the duo's most impressive 8-5 victory came against the All-NEC First Team tandem of Fairleigh Dickinson's Dominic Hemy and Marco Jemersic on April 11.
Kowalski and Sherwood went 6-3 together, while posting a 2-2 record in league play. The duo defeated opponents from Bucknell, Colgate, Rider, Villanova, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart. Kowalski and Sherwood defeated Quinnipiac's Chris Nelson and Alex Lazerowich, 8-3, on April 5, before edging Sacred Heart's John Lopresti and Luka Bagi, 8-6.