Three Seniors End Yale Careers in Fitting Fashion, Earn All-Ivy Honors

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John Huang. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Huang Becomes Third Player in Yale History to Earn First-Team Honors Three Times

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three seniors on the Yale men's tennis team earned high honors on Thursday as the results of the balloting for All-Ivy recognition were released.  In a fitting end to the trio's time at Yale, senior captain Daniel Hoffman and classmates John Huang and Marc Powers all received selections.

For the second season in a row, Huang was unanimously named to the First Team in singles.  Yale's No. 1 player, Huang finished the Ivy League season with a 6-1 record, with his only loss coming to Princeton's Matija Pecotic, who was named Player of the Year for a third straight season.  With Thursday's announcement, Huang has become just the 15th player in Ivy League history to earn First-Team honors three times in his career, and is only the third player in Yale history to do so, joining Craig Kennedy '90 and Brandon Wai '07.  Over the course of his time at Yale, Huang has amassed an outstanding 92-43 record.

Hoffman and Powers were both named to the Second Team in both singles and doubles.  Hoffman led the Elis in wins, with 28, for the third straight year.  In addition, Hoffman's 112 career singles victories are the most in program history.  His final win-loss mark of 112-39 is a testament to Hoffman's immense contributions to this team.  What the statistics fail to show, however, is the leadership and resolve that Hoffman constantly displayed on the court.

Powers, meanwhile, compiled a 23-8 record this year, which brings his career total to 90-46.  A stalwart competitor at the No. 2 singles position this season, Powers put the finishing touches on a successful four years at Yale.  He remains the only player in Ivy League history to receive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the same year, which he accomplished in his freshman year.

The doubles duo of Hoffman and Powers, which has led the Elis' doubles efforts at No. 1 singles for the past three seasons, has been one of the best doubles teams in the Ivy League, the Northeast region and the nation over the past few years.  Powers leads his teammates in career doubles victories at 89, with Hoffman just behind at 88.  This is the third year in a row that Hoffman and Powers have both received All-Ivy honors in doubles.

The full list of All-Ivy selections for men's tennis is below.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

*Matija Pecotic, Princeton (Sr. - Sliema, Malta)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Dragos Ignat, Columbia (Fr. - Bacao, Romania)

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY

Singles

Dragos Ignat, Columbia (Fr. - Bacao, Romania)

*Winston Lin, Columbia (So. - Williamsville, N.Y.)

Sam Fleck, Cornell (So. - Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Shaun Chaudhuri, Harvard (So. - Pleasanton, Calif.)

*Denis Nguyen, Harvard (So. - Anaheim, Calif.)

*Matija Pecotic, Princeton (Sr. - Sliema, Malta)

*John Huang, Yale (Sr. - Irvine, Calif.)

Doubles

Ashok Narayana, Columbia (So. - Houston)

Max Schnur, Columbia (So. - Richmond, Va.)

*Denis Nguyen, Harvard (So. - Anaheim, Calif.)

*Casey MacMaster, Harvard (Jr. -  Fort Collins, Colo.)

*Matija Pecotic, Princeton (Sr. - Sliema, Malta)

Zack McCourt, Princeton (So. - Sunrise, Fla.)

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY

Singles

Michael Riechmann, Brown (So. - Houston)

Ashok Narayana, Columbia (So. - Houston)

Andy Nguyen, Harvard (Sr. - Phoenix)

Alex Steinroeder, Harvard (So. - Concord, Mass.)

Daniel Hoffman, Yale (Sr. - Atherton, Calif.)

Marc Powers, Yale (Sr. - Stamford, Conn.)

Doubles

Sam Fleck, Cornell (So. - Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Xander Centenari, Dartmouth (Sr. - Towson, Md.)

Brandon DeBot, Dartmouth (Jr. - Stevens Point, Wis.)

Andy Nguyen, Harvard (Sr. - Phoenix)

Daniel Hoffman, Yale (Sr. - Atherton, Calif.)

Marc Powers, Yale (Sr. - Stamford, Conn.)

* Unanimous Selection