Kianicka Named Freshman of the Year, Nelson Named co-Coach of the Year in MVC

    Michal Kianicka earned the 2014 MVC Freshman of the Year award.

    Michal Kianicka earned the 2014 MVC Freshman of the Year award.
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    April 24, 2014

    MVC Release

    ST. LOUIS - Michal Kianicka earned MVC Freshman of the Year honors and Dann Nelson earned co-Coach of the Year honors in the Missouri Valley Conference for the 2014 season, the conference announced Thursday night. In addition, Jorge Cavero earned All-Conference recognition at No. 2 singles, and Kianicka and Jonny Rigby earned the All-Conference nod at No. 1 doubles.

    Kianicka and Rigby also earned All-Select team recognition in singles play, with Rigby earning the nod at No. 1 singles and Kianicka earning the recognition at No. 3 singles. Rigby and Rafael Cuadrillero also earned spots on the MVC's Scholar-Athlete First Team.

    Kianicka won 17 matches in his freshman campaign and went 3-1 in MVC singles play, where he earned All-Select recognition. Kianicka also teamed with Rigby to form the MVC's only undefeated No. 1 doubles tandem, beating two ranked doubles teams on their way to a 4-0 MVC record this spring. Kianicka is the third MVC Freshman of the Year in school history, joining Cavero, who earned the nod in 2011, and Eric West, who earned the distinction in 2009.

    Nelson earned his second MVC Coach of the Year honors after also earning the award in 2009. Nelson guided his squad to a 10-10 record and a top-three MVC finish for the third-straight year. He picked up his 100th coaching win at SIU in 2014, as well.



    Cavero was the only non-Drake player to earn first-team All-Conference laurels in singles play after going undefeated in conference play this season. Cavero, a graduating junior, leads the team in singles wins with 20 and won 11 of his last 12 regular season matches down the stretch and earned first-team All-MVC recognition for the first time in his career, having been an All-Select team selection in 2011, when he was MVC Freshman of the Year.

    Kianicka and Rigby dominated MVC play at No. 1 doubles, winning all four matches and totaling 22 wins on the year. The duo won the MVC doubles title in the fall season and have a 22-7 record going into the MVC Championships. The duo beat nationally ranked doubles teams from Drake and Wichita State en route to their undefeated conference slate.

    Rigby and Cuadrillero were named to the MVC's Scholar-Athlete First Team, as well. Rigby, a sophomore, earned the honor in his first season eligible for Scholar-Athlete recognition. He holds a 3.442 GPA in management and was named a first-team All-MVC player in 2013 and an All-Select honoree in 2014. Cuadrillero earned his third Scholar-Athlete team honor and second first-team laurel after being named an honorable mention selection in 2012 and a first-team honoree in 2013.