CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The North Coast Athletic Conference named five Denison men's tennis players to their All-NCAC teams on Friday morning, highlighted by freshman Vlad Rotnov's selection as the conference's newcomer of the year.
Also receiving first-team recognition as the Big Red's top-flight singles competitor, Rotnov finished his first year at DU with a record of 17-7 overall and 9-6 in dual match play, including an 8-0 start to the season. Along with junior Kevin Brown, Denison has garnered two of the last three Newcomer of the Year awards in the NCAC.
Brown joined Rotnov on the first-team as a doubles competitor, marking his third-consecutive All-NCAC first-team honor in that category, and second-straight with fellow junior Blake Burstein. Following an 11-5 record with Burstein in 2017, the top-tandem went 6-6 overall this season, with a mark of 5-4 in No. 1 doubles. Brown also earned an honorable mention nod on the singles court, tallying a record of 14-6 on the year, including seven-straight wins to start the dual season.
Senior Jamie McDonald and freshman Mitchell Thai rounded out DU's all-conference accolades after excelling in solo competition and as a team. In singles play, McDonald and Thai were named to the All-NCAC second-team following a dual season where McDonald notched an 11-5 record, while Thai went 9-7. As the Big Red's No. 2 doubles duo, the pair earned honorable mention honors after going 6-3 during dual season play, with a 3-0 mark against NCAC West competition.
Denison finished the year at 13-5 overall and advanced to their second NCAC title match in the last three seasons.