Three Standout Seniors Invited to ITA All-American Championships
Hoffman, Huang and Powers Also Named in ITA Preseason Rankings
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the selections to the Men's All-American Championships Friday, in addition to releasing the Campbell/ITA Division I Preseason Rankings. The Yale men's tennis team features three players, senior captain Daniel Hoffman and classmates John Huang and Marc Powers, with preseason rankings. All three of these players also earned invitations to participate in the ITA All-American Championships.
Based on the Campbell/ITA Preseason Rankings, Huang will begin the season ranked No. 113 in the nation in singles. Huang is coming off an exceptional junior year in which he compiled an impressive 25-9 record in singles, including a 5-1 Ivy League record. He began last season playing predominantly in the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots, but his reliability and consistency allowed him to climb to the No. 1 spot during the Ivy League stretch. At one point last season, Huang won nine consecutive singles matches, all in straight sets. In addition to a preseason ranking, Huang was selected to participate in the singles qualifying event at the ITA All-American Championships.
Hoffman will be joining Huang in the singles qualifying draw for the All-American tournament, and will be kicking off the season ranked just below Huang in singles, at No. 114. The 2012-13 captain is coming off a stellar junior season in which he amassed a 30-8 record in singles, including an undefeated 7-0 Ivy League record. He achieved these win-loss records playing mostly at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles positions. Hoffman was also granted a spot in the doubles qualifying draw for the ITA All-American Championships along with Powers. The duo will enter the season ranked as the No. 54 team in the nation, which is due in large part to having achieved a 26-7 (5-2 Ivy League) record as a team last year, playing exclusively at the No. 1 spot for the entirety of the spring season.
In addition to his doubles invitation, Powers was also named in the singles pre-qualifying draw for the All-American tournament. Powers finished with a winning 18-15 singles record last year, playing mostly at the No. 1 singles position.
The ITA All-American Championships will take place at the University of Tulsa, in Oklahoma. Pre-qualifying matches begin on Sept. 29, while main draw play is set to get underway on Oct. 4.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity