Five Bulldogs Selected for ITA All-American Tournament
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The ITA has released its first set of rankings, and Bulldog junior Marc Powers will begin the season ranked the No. 118 singles player in Division I.
Several Bulldogs have also been honored with invitations to the ITA Men's All-American Championships, which will be held at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma from October 1-9. For the tournament, players are either placed in the main draw, the qualifying draw, or the prequalifying draw. The main and qualifying draws are determined by order of the ITA preseason national singles and doubles rankings. Teams are allocated spots in the prequalifying draw according to their final ranking from the previous season. If players begin in the qualifying draw, they must win three matches within that draw to advance to the main draw. If players begin in the prequalifying draw, they must win four rounds to advance to the qualifying draw.
Powers and classmate Daniel Hoffman were selected to be in the qualifying singles draw. Junior John Huang was selected to partake in the prequalifying singles draw. Powers and Hoffman will also pair up for the main draw in doubles. Senior captain Erik Blumenkranz and classmate Joel Samaha were selected for the qualifying doubles draw.
The Bulldogs hope to build on their individual success from last season moving forward. Many Bulldogs received All-Ivy distinctions: Powers was voted to the First Team All-Ivy League in singles for the second year in a row. Powers was also unanimously named First Team All-Ivy in doubles. Hoffman was selected for the First Team All-Ivy in doubles. Hoffman and classmate Huang were both named Second Team All-Ivy in singles.
Furthermore, the Bulldogs finished No. 9 in the Northeast Region rankings. Yale was also the only team to have three players ranked in the regional top 20, with Hoffman (No. 19), Huang (No. 11) and Powers (No.9) ranking in the top 20.
Report by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity