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Lu Wins Player of the Year; King Earns All-Ivy Honors

Lu Wins Player of the Year; King Earns All-Ivy Honors

Two Bulldogs Earn Distinction as Ivy League Announces Annual Awards

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Ivy League released the names of those honored with conference awards on Wednesday, and two Yale players received All-Ivy recognition: freshman Dylan King (Second Team singles) and senior Tyler Lu (First Team singles). Lu also took home the most prestigious award an Ivy League competitor can earn in his collegiate career by earning Player of the Year distinction, making him the first Yale player to win the award since Marc Powers in 2010. Lu's selection to the First Team was unanimous. 

Wednesday's announcement caps remarkable seasons for both King and Lu, who drove much of the Bulldogs' success this past season. Lu played at the No. 1 spot for the Bulldogs for all his dual matches, notching a 26-6 overall record and notching an undefeated 7-0 record in the Ivy League. His selection to the All-Ivy First Team marks the third time he has earned the honor in his four years at Yale (and the second time unanimously). The highlight performance of Lu's 2016-17 season was a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 victory over California star Florian Lakat, who ranks No. 12 in the nation.

King's freshman season was also a historic success, with the freshman securing 32 total wins (to just four losses), the most of any Yale player in over three decades. His spring singles record of 19-3 included a 5-1 mark against Ivy opposition. Like Lu, the highlight performance of his season came against California, when he edged nationally-ranked Billy Griffith in three sets.

While neither player received All-Ivy honors for doubles, they both played important roles in the Eli's doubles efforts this season. Lu earned a 13-8 doubles record in the spring alongside teammates Photos Photiades and Ziqi Wang, with the majority of matches coming at the No. 3 spot. King, meanwhile, combined with Ryan Cheng for most of the season and notched a 14-10 overall record.

The full list of All-Ivy selections for men's tennis is below. 

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity


PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tyler Lu, Yale (Sr. – Irvine, Calif.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Charlie Broom, Dartmouth (Fr. – Hertfordshire, England)

COACH OF THE YEAR

Silviu Tansoiu, Cornell

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY

Singles

* Shawn Hadavi, Columbia (Sr. – Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.)

* Victor Pham, Columbia (So. – Saratoga, Calif.)

Charlie Broom, Dartmouth (Fr. – Hertfordshire, England)

Kenneth Tao, Harvard (Jr. – San Jose, Calif.)

Kyle Mautner, Penn (So. – Greenwich, Conn.)

* Tyler Lu, Yale (Sr. – Irvine, Calif.)

Doubles

Shawn Hadavi, Columbia (Sr. – Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.)

Richard Pham, Columbia (Sr. – Saratoga, Calif.)

Victor Pham, Columbia (So. – Saratoga, Calif.)

Colin Sinclair, Cornell (Sr. – Brisbane, Australia)

Kenneth Tao, Harvard (Jr. – San Jose, Calif.)

Brian Yeung, Harvard (Sr. – Hong Kong) 

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY

Singles

Lev Kazakov, Cornell (Fr. – Moscow, Russia)

Colin Sinclair, Cornell (Sr. – Brisbane, Australia)

Josh Pompan, Penn (Jr. – Salinas, Calif.)

Tom Colautti, Princeton (Sr. – London, England)

Alex Day, Princeton (Sr. – Vancouver, B.C.)

Dylan King, Yale (Fr. – Portland, Ore.)

Doubles

Lucas Da Silveira, Brown (Sr. – Incline Village, Nev.)

Gregory Garcia, Brown (Sr. – Poway, Calif.)

Jackie Tang, Columbia (Fr. – Hong Kong)

Chris Vrabel, Cornell (Sr. – Centerville, Va.)

Alex Day, Princeton (Sr. – Vancouver, B.C)

Luke Gamble, Princeton (Jr. – Boise, Idaho)

* Unanimous Selection