2014 SALEM NEWS BOYS TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nikolay Lisichenok has been a standout boys tennis player on the North Shore since his freshman season three years ago, when he was named the Northeastern Conference’s Player of the Year. Now Lisichenok is leaving the NEC just they way he entered it: as the top boys player in the conference.
After a senior campaign in which he went 18-1 overall, Lisichenok was named the NEC MVP once again this spring.
“It was my senior year, so I really pushed it,” explained Lisichenok. “My teammates, too; they always support me.”
A team captain, Lisichenok was named Falcons MVP and pushed the Blue-and-White to an overall record of 15-3. His big-league serve and booming forehand proved too much for the rest of the top singles players in the conference.
Having spent four years playing first singles for Danvers, Lisichenok learned the keys to success. “It’s definitely preparation. I always take enough time and keep my own pace instead of letting the other guy control it,” he said. “I am always in control. If I’m winning, I’ll speed up the pace and if I’m losing, I might take a break.”
Lisichenok prevailed in the first round of the State Individual Tournament, 6-1, 6-1. His biggest athletic influence is Manchester Athletic Club pro Francisco Montoya.
In the fall Lisichenok heads off to Stonehill College, where he will double in computer science and finance while playing Division 2 tennis.
St. John’s Prep Senior
Advanced to the North semifinals at the State Individual Tournament ... Team captain for a St. John’s Prep team that lost just five matches all year ... Graduated with a 4.1 grade point average ... Will attend Boston College ... Named team MVP for the Eagles ... Honored as a Catholic Conference all-star ... Considers his teammates, coaches and family to be his biggest athletic influences.