Lu Receives ITA Northeast Region Most Improved Senior Award; Team Receives ITA Community Service Award
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The accolades continue to roll in for the Yale men's tennis team, with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association honoring the team in multiple areas as part of its year-end awards announcement on Monday.
In a week when he also managed to qualify for the prestigious NCAA singles Championships, graduating senior Tyler Lu was recognized by the ITA as the Northeast Region's Most Improved Player (Senior). Lu found remarkable success at the No. 1 spot for the Bulldogs this past season, posting a 26-6 overall record and an undefeated 7-0 record in the Ivy League. His selection to the All-Ivy First Team also marked the third time he earned the honor in his four years at Yale. 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.
The Yale squad as a whole also earned distinction on Monday by winning the Northeast Region's ITA Community Service Award. This award – which recognizes the team that has done the most to give back to communities in need – comes as an honor for the Elis, who volunteered their time weekly this past season to teach tennis and tutor inner-city children through the New HYTEs (New Haven Youth Tennis and Education) after-school program. Graduating seniors Alex Hagermoser, Lu, Photos Photiades and James Ratchford should be given credit for leading the team in these significant efforts to improve the New Haven community; as a class that led by example both on and off the court, they will be sorely missed.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity