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Powers Named Ivy League Player of the Year

Marc Powers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Marc Powers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Freshman Also Wins Rookie of the Year Honors

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman Marc Powers (Stamford, Conn.) was named the Ivy League Player of the Year after a stellar season that included a 7-0 Ivy League record.  Powers also won Ivy League Rookie of the Year and became the first player to ever win both awards in the same year. 

Powers posted a 29-10 record for the year and went 18-5 in the spring season at No. 1 singles for Yale.  The freshman started off his Yale career in the fall by powering his way to the ITA Northeast Regional Finals.  He also competed in the ITA Indoor National Championships hosted by Yale University. 

Powers capped off his stellar freshman campaign by dropping only one set en route to a perfect 7-0 Ivy League record at the No. 1 singles spot.  His incredible season earned him a unanimous First Team All-Ivy Singles selection, unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and Ivy League Player of the Year. 

Powers was joined by freshman John Huang (Irvine, Calif.) on First Team All-Ivy Singles.  Huang's freshman year campaign included a 26-11 overall record, a 17-6 spring record, and a 6-1 Ivy League record at No. 2 singles. 

The doubles team of sophomore Erik Blumenkranz (Portola Valley, Calif.) and sophomore Joel Samaha (Tampa, Fla.) were named Second Team All-Ivy doubles after posting a 4-2 Ivy League record from the No. 1 doubles slot. 

The play of Yale's All-Ivy performers was a huge reason for the team's success.  The Bulldogs finished the season with a 16-8 overall record and a 5-2 Ivy League record to finish second place in the Ivy League.  Yale's strong season led to an ITA National Ranking of No. 74. 

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity