NEW HAVEN, Conn. – During the Yale men's tennis team's recent end-of-year banquet, four members were honored through the annual team awards. Senior and captain Stefan Doehler, junior Nathan Brown, sophomore Andrew Heller, and first-year Cody Lin received awards.
Doehler earned the James A. Hutchinson Award, which is given to the member of the team who, during the year by sportsmanship and cooperative spirit, has done the most for tennis at Yale. As captain, Doehler led through example, showing resilience and perseverance in a difficult season for the Bulldogs, bringing home strong wins in both singles and doubles play. During the 2017-18 season, he boasted overall records of 18-13 in singles play and 20-12 in doubles play, where he played in the No. 1 spot for most of the season. His leadership this season capped off a tremendous career for the senior from Tustin, Calif., in which he was recognized as ITA Northeast Region Rookie of the Year and All-Ivy First Team Doubles.
Heller received the George A. Phelps Memorial Award, which honors the member of the team who has shown the greatest improvement during the year. As a sophomore, Heller, who hails from Weston, Florida, served a key role in the Bulldogs season, playing in the No. 2 and 3 spots for doubles and No. 1, 2, and 3 spots for singles. Facing tough competition, Heller put up increasingly strong performances throughout the season and will look to build on his improvements next season.
Finally, Brown and Lin were co-recipients of the Stuart D. Ludlum Jr. '62 Memorial Award, which is given to the players who exhibit the qualities of enthusiasm, perseverance, and team spirit. Both Brown, a rising senior, and Lin, a rising sophomore, showed passion for and strong support of the team this year while battling in their own spots. Brown, who battled throughout the season, was a vocal leader for the team on and off the court; by the final match of the season, he had regained a spot alongside sophomore Dylan King at No. 2 doubles where he played earlier in the year. As a rising sophomore, Lin, who earned a slew of awards during his time on the Westlake High School team, will look to gain an increased role this coming year with the departure of seniors Doehler and Fedor Andrienko,
The banquet concludes the 2017-2018 season, leaving the door open for the new captain to begin preparations for the upcoming year.
Report by Kiran Damodaran '21, Yale Sports Publicity