Lu Finishes at No. 5 in the Northeast Region
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its final national and regional rankings for the 2013-14 season earlier this week, with both the Yale men's tennis team and player Tyler Lu receiving regional recognition. The squad came in at No. 9 among Division I teams in the Northeast Region, while Lu notched a final regional ranking of No. 5 in singles.
Earning top 10 distinction in the Northeast Region caps a 12-10 season for the Bulldogs that saw them gain victories over several regional opponents. During the course of the season, the Elis defeated Binghamton, a team that rounded out the top 10 in the regional season-ending rankings, as well as Ancient Eight rival Penn. Also included in Yale's 12 wins were comprehensive victories over such teams as Bryant, Fordham, Fairfield, Fairleigh Dickinson, Marist, Old Dominion and Stony Brook. These seven wins all came by 6-1 or 7-0 margins.
Lu's regional ranking of No. 5 marks yet another significant achievement for the rising sophomore. By virtue of a strong fall campaign in the first half of the 2013-14 season, Lu entered the regular season with a regional ranking of No. 18. His 13-spot advancement is the hard-earned result of compiling a 16-4 record playing exclusively at the No. 1 singles spot for the Bulldogs. He dropped only three matches against Northeast Region opponents, and two of those losses came to players who finished above him in the rankings.
Notably, since the players finishing in the top 11 spots of the regional singles rankings all hail from Ivy League schools, Lu's placement at No. 5 signifies that he has done well to distinguish himself as a player in the upper echelons of Ivy League competition. Lu is also one of the few players on the year-end rankings list who is coming off his rookie season, and his recognition as the Northeast Region Rookie of the Year confirms his status as one of the best in his class.
Other highlights of Lu's freshman season include a high national singles ranking of No. 98 and receiving a unanimous All-Ivy selection to the First Team for singles. He was the only freshman in the league to receive First Team recognition.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
Full season-end rankings for the Northeast Region can be found here.