Three Men’s Tennis Standouts Honored by MEAC

BALTIMORE, Md. (April 26, 2022)Nihit Rawal, Mikeal Carpenter and Niles Rachal of Morgan State men’s tennis team earned All-Conference acclaim, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced Tuesday.

Rawal and Carpenter were named to the First Team, while Rachal was voted to the Second Team.

Rawal registered 11 singles wins against five losses across Court 1, 2, 3 and 4. He posted a 4-0 record in conference play and has gone 8-1 in his last nine matches. On the doubles side, Rawal and Carpenter finished the regular season with an 8-7 record. He was named MEAC Player of the Week after picking up singles and doubles wins in the Bears’ victory over Lehigh (Feb. 12). He also posted a 6-4, 6-2 win against Adhvyte Sharma to help lead Morgan to a 4-3 win against Georgetown (March 5). Rawal also made the First Team in 2019. All-Conference honors were not handed out in 2020.

Carpenter has won six of his last 10 matches and finished the regular season with a 9-7 singles record and was 4-1 in conference action. He recorded a hard fought 6-4, 7-6 (6) win against Georgetown’s Kieran Foster. He opened singles action with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Skyler Gates on court 1 to help the Bears defeat Loyola (March 24). In the Bears victory last weekend against Duquesne (April 23), the sophomore battled to a 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 win against Kaipo Marshall. The All-Conference nod marks a first for Carpenter.

Rachal turned in a 12-2 singles record, went 4-0 in conference play, and has won his last 10 matches. He paired with Rhajzon Rankins to post an 11-5 record in doubles competitions, including a 3-2 mark in conference action. He recorded his first collegiate victory during the Bears’ season-opener at Saint Francis (Jan. 23) where he won his No. 4 singles match against Marc Fuste, 6-4, 6-3. He added a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win against Kieran Foster in the Bears win versus Georgetown. Against Elon (March 13), Rachal rallied and held on to defeat Nicholas Condos, 5-7, 6-0, 10-6, at No. 6 singles.

The freshman was named the MEAC Rookie of the Week three times and was named Player of the Week once this season.

Next Up
Morgan State will now prepare for the upcoming MEAC Championship scheduled for next Thursday, April 28-Saturday, April 30 in Cary, NC The men’s semifinal match and men’s and women’s championship matches will stream live for free on HBCUGO. The stream can be accessed on the web at hbcugo.tv, and fans can also download the HBCUGO app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.

2022 Men’s Tennis All-MEAC Teams
As voted on by the conference’s head tennis coaches and sports information directors.

Player of the Year: Rostislav Halfinger, South Carolina State
Rookie of the Year: Rostislav Halfinger, South Carolina State
Co-Coaches of the Year: Hardeep Judge, South Carolina State

First Team

Name Class School Hometown
Justin Cadeau I know. Howard West Orange, NJ
Mikeal Carpenter I know. Morgan State Suitland, Md.
Nihit Rawal Gr. Morgan State Chandigarh, India
Miles Clark Sr. North Carolina Central Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Rostislav Halfinger Fr. South Carolina State Germany
Benjamin Niv I know. South Carolina State Sofia, Bulgaria

Second Team

Name Class School Hometown
Luka Markovic Jr. Coppin State Belgrade, Serbia
Sergiu Medesan Sr. Coppin State Constanta, Romania
Tory Bailey Fr. Howard Los Angeles, Calif.
Niles Rachal Fr. Morgan State Woodstock, Ga.
Federico Rebecchini Sr. Norfolk State Verona, Italy
Sebastian Pino Sr. North Carolina Central Caracas, Venezuela

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