May 3, 2012

Trio of Juniors Earn All-Ivy Honors

Hoffman, Huang and Powers Named to First Team All-Ivy

 
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three rising seniors on the Yale men's tennis team gained recognition Thursday for their outstanding performance in conference play this season when the Ivy League announced its annual All-Ivy awards.  Juniors Daniel Hoffman, John Huang and Marc Powers were all named to the First Team All-Ivy.

Hoffman, who was elected Tuesday as the 2012-13 team captain, earned double recognition, as he received First Team All-Ivy honors in both singles and doubles.  The respected junior recorded an undefeated (7-0) Ivy League season in singles play, and was the only Yale player to do so.  During this streak, he won four consecutive three-set matches and clinched the Bulldogs' thrilling victory over No. 42 Columbia. 

Along with Hoffman, Powers received First Team All-Ivy Honors in doubles.  Both Hoffman and Powers were unanimously selected for this honor.  As a team, the two played at the No. 1 doubles position for the entire Ivy League season, and posted a 5-2 record, which was tied for the best doubles record by a No. 1 doubles team in the Ivy League along with Columbia's team of Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur.  The Yale duo achieved a national ranking as high as No. 67 during the Ivy League season.    

Huang, who played at the No. 1 singles position for the majority of the Ivy League season, was unanimously selected by the eight Ivy League coaches to the First-Team All-Ivy.  Huang posted a 5-1 singles record in conference play this season, with all five victories coming in straight sets.  The highlight of his Ivy League season, in which he continuously forced opponents on defense with pinpoint power and precision, was defeating Columbia's Haig Schneiderman, who was ranked No. 96 in the nation at the time.  Huang was honored by the team this year with the George A. Phelps '95 Memorial Award for his improvement throughout the season, which culminated in an exceptional Ivy League season. 

Princeton's Matija Pecotic, who finished the season ranked No. 114 in the nation, was named the Ivy League Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.

With its four selections, Yale ties Columbia for the most spots on the First Team All-Ivy.  Yale and Columbia also share the distinction of having the most number of unanimous selections to the First Team, each school being honored with three.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity


2012 Ivy League Men's Tennis Awards

Player of the Year
Matija Pecotic, Princeton (Jr., Sliema, Malta)

Rookie of the Year
*Winston Lin, Columbia (Fr., Williamsville, N.Y.)

First Team All-Ivy

 Singles

*Winston Lin, Columbia (Fr., Williamsville, N.Y.)

Haig Schneiderman, Columbia (Sr., New York)

*Jonathan Pearlman, Harvard (Sr., Palm Beach, Fla.)

*Matija Pecotic, Princeton (Jr., Sliema, Malta)

Daniel Hoffman, Yale (Jr., Atherton, Calif.)

*John Huang, Yale (Jr., Irvine, Calif.)

  Doubles

*Ashok Narayana, Columbia (Fr., Houston, Texas)

*Max Schnur, Columbia (Fr., Richmond, Va.)

Alistar Felton, Harvard (Sr., Somerset, England)

Casey MacMaster, Harvard (So., Fort Collins, Colo.)

*Daniel Hoffman, Yale (Jr., Atherton, Calif.)

*Marc Powers, Yale (Jr., Stamford, Conn.)

Second Team All-Ivy

Singles

Soufiane Azargui, Brown (So., Burlington, Ontario, Canada)

William Spector, Brown (Fr., Weston, Mass.)

Venkat Iyler, Cornell (So., Bethesda, Md.)

Sam Fleck, Cornell (Fr., Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Denis Nguyen, Harvard (Fr., Anaheim, Calif.)

Jeremy Court, Penn (Fr., New Rochelle, N.Y.)

Doubles

Soufiane Azargui, Brown (So., Burlington, Ontario, Canada)

Brandon Burke, Brown (So., Kingston, Jamaica)

Michel Laser, Dartmouth (Sr., Glencoe, Ill.)

Alex de Chatellus, Dartmouth (Jr., Tiburon, Calif.)
Matt Siow, Princeton (Jr., Irvine, Calif.)

Matt Spindler, Princeton (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.)

* - Unanimous Selection