NCCAA National Title Culminates with Three NCCAA All-Americans Being Named
May 17, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
GREENVILLE, S.C.- Bringing home the first NCCAA championship in men’s tennis program history for Palm Beach Atlantic University, it should come as little surprise that a number of Sailfish men’s tennis players were honored as NCCAA All-Americans. The Fish posted three individuals on the listing in Krasimir Atanasov, Luke Bolanos, and Alex Minicozzi while head coach Chi Ly was named the NCCAA Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year.
Dominating their way through the field in Mobile, Alabama last week, the Fish rebounded from a tough ending to their regular season by improving and getting hot at the right time entering play at the NCCAA National Tournament.
The team rode the wave of momentum to a NCCAA championship, the fourth NCCAA national championship in school history joining women’s volleyball in 2004, women’s tennis in 2005, softball in 2009, and now the first men’s recipient, the 2010 men’s tennis team.
Leading the team from the top position all season long, Atanasov registered his second-consecutive NCCAA All-American 1st-Team selection as he along with Bolanos were also named the NCCAA All-American 1st-Team in doubles as well.
Both Bolanos and Minicozzi also joined Atanasov as NCCAA All-American 1st-Teamers as both players played a critical role in the team’s success throughout the season.
All three players will return next season as the team hopes to advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament while also potentially defending their NCCAA Championship.