May 8, 2007
New Haven, CT - Senior captain Brandon Wai became the first Yale player to earn the Ivy League Player of the Year award in back-to-back seasons after he received the honor Tuesday. Wai also became the first Ivy League tennis player from any school to earn the award outright since 1988. Sophomore Michael Caldwell joined Wai earning first team All-Ivy singles honors, and junior Rory Green teamed up with Wai to earn second team All-Ivy doubles honors.
Wai earned his second straight Ivy League Player of the Year award and third straight first team All-Ivy nod by going 6-1 in Ivy play. Over the last two seasons, Wai has posted a 13-1 Ivy League record at No. 1 singles for Yale in the highly competitive division.
Alex Dorato, the Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis, said that he was very proud of Wai's honors.
"I am tremendously proud of Captain Brandon Wai for his accomplishment of being selected the Ivy League Player of the Year for the second time in a row," Dorato said. "He is the first Yale player to receive back-to-back Player of the Year honors. In addition to his phenomenal athletic accomplishments, he has been a model of sportsmanship representing Yale in the finest tradition."
Caldwell, playing at No. 2 singles all year, earned first team All-Ivy honors for singles after going 6-1 in the Ivy League and 23-13 overall on the year. In addition to his impressive in-season Ivy League performance, Caldwell defeated both Princeton's No. 1 Peter Capkovic and Cornell's No. 1 Nicholas Brunner in the fall.
"Sophomore Mike Caldwell had an amazing year going 23-13 and was also selected First-Team All-Ivy in singles," Dorato said. "There is no reason why Mike can't follow in Brandon's footsteps and be the best player in the league.
Wai and Green also earned second team All-Ivy Doubles honors after going 5-2 at No. 1 doubles in the Ivy League.
"Rory is an extraordinary doubles player and has player No. 1 doubles the past two years," Dorato said about his captain-elect. "This was Brandon's second All-Ivy Doubles selection. Two years ago he was First-team All-Ivy with Ryan Murphy."
2007 All-Ivy Selections
Dan Hanegby, Brown
Sratha Saengsuwar, Princeton
Nick Brunner, Cornell
Jonathan Wong, Columbia
Mark Clemente, Columbia
Gideon Valkin, Harvard
Jared Drucker, Columbia
Dan Nguyen, Harvard
Mikhail Bekker, Penn
Dave Waslen, Dartmouth
Brown - Dan Hanegby and Saurabh Kohli
Penn - Jason Pinsky and Eric Riley
Cornell - Nick Brunner and Joshua Raff
Harvard - Ashwin Kumar and Sasha Ermakov
Dartmouth - Dave Waslen and Steve McGaughey
Player of the Year: Brandon Wai, Yale
Rookie of the Year: Jonathan Wong, Columbia
Report filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity