Kim Named Ivy Player of the Year

May 1, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior Janet Kim (Palisades Park, N.J.), who helped Yale to an NCAA tournament berth and its first Ivy League title since 1989, was named Ivy League Player of the Year Thursday. The first Yale player to earn the award, Kim was 6-1 in league matches at No. 1 singles. Sophomore Jessica Rhee (Dayton, Ohio), freshman Lindsay Clark (Bernardsville, N.J.) and freshman Lauren Ritz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) also received Ivy League honors.

For the third straight year, Kim was recognized with a first team All-Ivy singles selection. The selection was unanimous for Kim, who posted a 13-6 record. After dropping her Ivy League opening match, she finished her Ivy season with six straight victories.

Kim also was named first team All-Ivy doubles with doubles partner Rhee after the duo posted a 6-1 Ivy League record at primarily the No. 1 doubles slot.

Rhee was also named second team All-Ivy singles after finishing the season with a 5-2 record in the Ivy League at No. 2 singles. Clark, who went 5-2 in the Ivy League at No. 3 singles, earned second team All-Ivy honors as well.

Clark and Ritz were named second team All-Ivy doubles. The duo finished the season with a 6-1 Ivy League record, including a perfect 6-0 record at No. 2 doubles.

Yale plays at No. 2 seed Georgia in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday, May 9, at 4:00 p.m.

2008 All-Ivy Women's Tennis

FIRST TEAM
Singles
*Janet Kim, Yale (Jr., Palisades Park, N.J.)
*Bianca Aboubakare, Brown (Fr., Orange, Calif.)
*Yulia Rivelis, Penn (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.)
*Ivana King, Princeton (Sr., Long Beach, Calif.)
Ekaterina Kosminskaya, Penn (Soph., Moscow, Russia)
Beier Ko, Harvard (Jr., Boca Raton, Fla.)

Doubles
*Brown -- Bianca Aboubakare (Fr., Orange, Calif.) & Marisa Schonfeld (Fr., Washington, D.C.)
Yale -- Janet Kim (Jr., Palisades Park, N.J.) & Jessie Rhee (Soph., Dayton, Ohio)
Dartmouth -- Megan Zebroski (Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) & Molly Scott (Fr., Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)

Player of the Year
Janet Kim, Yale (Jr., Palisades Park, N.J.)

Rookie of the Year
*Bianca Aboubakare, Brown (Fr., Orange, Calif.)

SECOND TEAM
Singles
Molly Scott, Dartmouth (Fr., Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)
Jessie Rhee, Yale (Soph., Dayton, Ohio)
Taylor Marable, Princeton (Fr., Darien, Ill.)
Melissa Saiontz, Princeton (Soph., Miami, Fla.)
Lindsay Clark, Yale (Fr., Bernardsville, N.J.)
Samantha Rosenkrans, Harvard (Fr., Woodside, Calif.)

Doubles
Penn -- Ekaterina Kosminskaya (Soph., Moscow, Russia) & Julia Koulbitskaya (Sr., Locust Valley, N.Y.)
Yale -- Lindsay Clark (Fr., Bernardsville, N.J.) & Lauren Ritz (Fr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Dartmouth -- Jesse Adler (Soph., Winnetka, Ill.) & Mary Beth Winningham (Soph., Carmel, Ind.)

HONORABLE MENTION
Singles
Megan Zebroski, Dartmouth (Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.)
Julia Koulbitskaya, Penn (Sr., Locust Valley, N.Y.)
Ruxandra Dumitrescu, Cornell (Fr., Cortland Manor, N.Y.)

Doubles
Harvard -- Beier Ko (Jr., Boca Raton, Fla.) & Samantha Rosenkrans (Fr., Woodside, Calif.)
Princeton -- Taylor Marable (Fr., Darien, Ill.) & Rebecca Parks (Fr., Tulsa, Okla.)
Princeton -- Ivana King (Sr., Long Beach, Calif.) & Sarah Huah (Soph., Moorestown, N.J.)

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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