Bulldogs Elect Connor Dawson as Next Captain

Bulldogs Elect Connor Dawson as Next Captain

May 3, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Connor Dawson, a junior from St. Charles, Ill., was named captain for the Yale men's tennis team for the 2009-10 season. Connor was elected by his teammates Saturday night to succeed his brother Jeff Dawson as captain next year.

In his three seasons at Yale, Connor Dawson has been a major contributor for the Bulldogs. As a freshman, Dawson played primarily at the No. 5 position and posted a 16-11 overall record for the year. In his sophomore season, Dawson moved up to the No. 3 position and posted a 5-2 Ivy League record and won 19 singles matches for the year. Dawson also moved up to No. 2 doubles as a sophomore and posted a winning mark of 11-10.

This season, Dawson earned both a second team All-Ivy singles selection and a second team All-Ivy doubles selection. At No. 2 singles, Dawson posted a 4-3 record in the Ivy League. Dawson paired up with senior Michael Caldwell and went 4-3 at No. 1 doubles in the Ivy League.

"It is a great honor to be elected by a group of guys that mean so much to me. We have all worked extremely hard together and have become so close that earning their trust and confidence in this manner means the world to me," Dawson said. "I hope to be able to contribute as much on and off the court to next years team as the great past captains of Brandon Wai, Rory Green, and Jeff Dawson have been able to do."

Alex Dorato, the Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis, said Connor Dawson will be a good leader for the Bulldogs.

"Connor will continue the long tradition of outstanding Yale tennis captains that includes his brother Jeff," Dorato said. "I look forward to a great year, and a run at the Ivy Title."

After completing the 2009 spring season with a No. 71 national ranking, the Bulldogs will add the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation to seven returning players from this year's team. Connor Dawson said he looks for the team to improve upon its 4-3 Ivy League record to compete for the Ivy League Championship.

"Although we are losing four great players, I am confident that all returning players will be able to step up and fill the holes left by a strong senior class," Dawson said. "We are excited to add three great players and incredible individuals to the team next year and look forward to building off of this years success to win the Ivy Title."

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publiicty