Senior Class Sweeps Team Awards
Dean, Hoffman, Huang and Powers Honored at Annual Banquet
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team gathered Sunday for its end-of-year banquet to honor those players who have displayed certain qualities both on and off the court during the season. All four seniors were honored with awards, a testament to the many contributions each of them has made to the team this year.
Receiving the James A. Hutchinson '96 Award was senior captain Daniel Hoffman. This award is given to the member of the varsity team who, during the year by sportsmanship and co-operative spirit, has done the most for tennis at Yale. For the third straight year, Hoffman led the Bulldogs in number of singles wins, at 28. In addition, the accomplished senior became Yale's all-time leader in singles wins with 112. Beyond the statistics, Hoffman consistently showed the kind of leadership and sportsmanship befitting of a captain of the Yale men's tennis team.
The George A. Phelps '95 Memorial Award, given to the member of the team who has shown the greatest improvement during the year, was awarded to senior Zachary Dean. Dean has stepped up this year at No. 6 singles, delivering some pivotal wins for the Elis down the stretch. In particular, his sensational comeback win in the match against Cornell, which saw him save two match points in a third-set tiebreaker, set Yale up for a finish at No. 4 in the Ivy League standings, ahead of Cornell. His vast improvement this year can be seen in his 21 singles wins.
Finally, the Stuart D. Ludlum, Jr. '62 Memorial Award, which goes to the player who exhibits the qualities of enthusiasm, perseverance and team spirit, was co-awarded to John Huang and Marc Powers. As Yale's top two players, these seniors have embodied the Bulldogs' fighting spirit throughout the season and have contributed a great deal to the team's success. Huang finished the Ivy League season with a team-best 6-1 record, and is in contention for the Ivy League Player of the Year award. Powers, meanwhile, ends his time at Yale as the team leader in career doubles victories, at 89. He also enjoyed yet another fine season in singles, finishing with a 23-8 record overall.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity