Concordia’s Boldarev and Piludu Named to ITA’s All-America Teams

Daniele Piludu (left) and Andrey Boldarev (right)
Daniele Piludu (left) and Andrey Boldarev (right)

Skillman, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced their 2013 NCAA Division II All-America Singles and Doubles Teams. Concordia Senior Andrey Boldarev (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) and junior Daniele Piludu (Cagliari, Italy) were named to both teams after an impressive 2013 campaign.

Boldarev finished his senior year as the 10th-ranked singles player after compiling a 15-3 record this season. He primarily played No. 1 singles and his three losses came against three of the top-20 ranked players in D-II. Andrey was named an All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) First Team selection, an All-CACC Tournament Team selection, a two-time CACC Player of the Week selection, and was also recently named the ITA's Senior Player of the Year. Boldarev was an ITA All-America selection in 2011 for his singles play.

Piludu concluded the season as the 12th-ranked singles player in the nation after posting a 17-2 singles record which included a perfect 14-0 mark at No. 2 singles. His only two losses came against top-15 ranked singles players. Daniele was named the CACC Player of the Year in men's tennis, an All-CACC First Team selection, an All-CACC Tournament Team selection, and the CACC Men's Tennis Tournament MVP. Piludu was an ITA All-America selection in 2012 for his singles play.

In the fall Daniele placed third in the singles portion of the 2012 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. Both players would also participate in doubles, falling in the third place match.

The duo would go on to finish the season with a 19-5 record for Concordia and are the 6th-ranked doubles pair in D-II. Their ranking earned each player a spot on the ITA All-America Doubles Team for the first time together. Boldarev was a 2009 and 2010 ITA All-America selection in doubles play.