Carter, Kononov Named to MVC All-Conference Team; Kononov Earns National Ranking

Carter, Kononov Named to MVC All-Conference Team; Kononov Earns National Ranking

ST. LOUIS – UMBC juniors Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md.) and Jaan Kononov (Talinn, Estonia) were named to the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference men's tennis All-Conference team at the conclusion of the league championships.

Carter has now earned All-Conference recognition in all three of his seasons with the Retrievers.  Last season, he was the America East Conference co-Player of the Year as he earned first team singles honors and second team doubles accolades. As a freshman in the spring of 2013, he earned three AE Player of the Week honors and earned first team post-season honors in both singles and doubles.

This spring, Carter posted a 9-6 singles record and a mark of 7-3 in doubles. In the MVC quarterfinal match versus Southern Illinois, he posted victories in both doubles and singles and his semifinal singles match was even at a set apiece and on serve in the third set when the match was halted.

Kononov, an NCAA Division II All-American at Armstrong State, produced a brilliant first year in Baltimore. In the fall, the transfer won five matches and advanced to the qualifying round of the ITA All-American Championships. He assumed the position of playing at No. 1 singles in the spring and compiled a brilliant mark of 10-4.

The Retriever newcomer won his final four matches and seven of eight to close out the year. He finished in grand fashion, blistering the nation's 46th-ranked player, WSU junior Tin Ostojic, 6-2, 6-0 in the league semifinals. It was his second victory over a top-50 player in 2014-15. 

Kononov moved into the ITA Top 125, coming in at No. 106 in the April 21 ranking.