Yale No. 8 in Final ITA Northeast Region Rankings

Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity) Buy Now
Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity