Yale No. 8 in Final ITA Northeast Region Rankings
Bulldogs Also Place Three in Top 13 in Singles; Doubles Team at No. 3
NEW HAVEN, Conn. –The Yale men's tennis team finished the season ranked No. 8 in the ITA's Northeast Region rankings, improving on last year's final ranking by one spot. Yale also had three players ranked in the regional top 13 in singles -- more than any other Ivy League team -- plus the No. 3 doubles team in the region.
Junior John Huang (Irvine, Calif.), who played at No. 1 singles in his final four matches of the spring, was ranked No. 5 in the region in singles. Huang was a unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection. He won 10 of his final 11 matches, all in straight sets, including a 6-3, 6-4 win over Columbia's Haig Schneiderman (ranked No. 6 in the Northeast and No. 115 in the nation). Huang, who was 18-4 in the spring, was honored by the team with the George A. Phelps '95 Memorial Award for his improvement throughout the season.
Junior Daniel Hoffman (Atherton, Calif.), who went 21-3 in the spring, was ranked No. 11 in the region in singles. Hoffman, who has been elected 2012-13 captain by his teammates, earned first team All-Ivy honors in both singles and doubles. He ended the season on a seven-match winning streak, with five of those wins at No. 3 and one each at No. 1 and No. 2.
Junior Marc Powers (Stamford, Conn.) was ranked No. 13 in the region in singles. His nine wins in the spring included eight at the No. 1 spot.
This was the second year in a row that this trio of juniors finished among the region's top 20, and it was the third year in a row for Huang and Powers.
Hoffman and Powers were ranked No. 3 in the Northeast in doubles, the second season in a row that duo has been in the top three. They were a unanimous selection as first team All-Ivy League. The pair went 17-4 in the spring, with all of their matches at the No. 1 spot. That included victories over the No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10 teams in the regional rankings. The Yale duo achieved a national ranking as high as No. 67 during the Ivy League season.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity