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Men's Tennis All-Ivy -- 2010-11

Complete 2011 Men's Tennis All-Ivy Release

Photos courtesy of Brown Sports Information and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- To be voted Player of the Year in any sport is a great recognition. To receive that distinction as a unanimous selection is truly an honor.

That's what the Ivy League men's tennis coaches bestowed on Princeton sophomore Matija Pecotic (Sliema, Malta) as their unananimous choice as the League's 2010-11 Player of the Year and a unananimous first-team All-Ivy selection in singles.

Pecotic became the fourth Princeton men's tennis player to be named Player of the Year, following Reed Cordish in 1996, Judson Williams in 2002 and Peter Capkovic in 2008.

Pecotic put together an impressive sophomore campaign for the Tigers with a 23-4 overall singles record, including a perfect 7-0 against Ivy foes at No. 1 in the spring. He won 12 of his last 14 singles dual matches to finish the spring season at 15-4. Pecotic began the year with solid play throughout the fall tournament slate, reaching the final of the USTA/ITA Division I Northeast Regional Championships. In doubles play, he teamed with fellow sophomore Matt Siow for 15 overall wins, 10 of which came in spring dual matches.

Brown freshman Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) also had a superlative season for the Bears. His efforts were also rewarded by the League's coaches with the 2010-11 Rookie of the Year honor. Burke played at the top three singles spots for the Bears in the spring, compiling an 11-8 record, highlighted by an impressive 5-2 mark in Ivy play, which earned him second-team honors. Burke also received second-team recognition in doubles, partnering with fellow rookie Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), who was also named to the second team in doubles.

Burke was just the second men's tennis player in Brown history to be named Rookie of the Year. Jamie Cerretani was Brown's first Rookie winner in 2001.

As impressive as Pecotic's and Burke's seasons were individually so was Cornell's as a team. Led by four seniors, the Big Red won its first-ever Ivy League men's tennis title and the League's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships.

All four seniors -- Evan Bernstein, Jeremy Feldman, Andy Gauthier and Jonathan Jaklitsch -- were named All-Ivy, marking the first time in school history Cornell had four players named All-Ivy in the same season.

Gauthier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Jaklitsch (Islip, N.Y.) become the first pair of Big Red teammates to earn first-team All-Ivy honors for singles play in the same season.

Gauthier earned first-team All-Ivy in singles for the second-straight year, becoming the first Cornell player to be named first-team in singles play in consecutive seasons since Dave Merrit was selected three year in a row in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Gauthier played predominantly at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spot, posting a 5-2 record in Ivy play and going 13-10 during the spring dual match season. Gauthier also earned second-team All-Ivy in doubles, as did Feldman (Armonk, N.Y.), his primary partner at the top two positions during the spring.

After earning second-team honors in each of the past two seasons, Jaklitsch was awarded his first-ever first-team selection in singles. He went 4-3 against Ivy opponents playing predominately at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, while going 16-7 overall in the spring. Jaklitsch also picked up his first All-Ivy honor in doubles, while his partner Bernstein (Boca Raton, Fla.) earned his first-ever All-Ivy accolade. The tandem was named first-team after going a perfect 7-0 in League matches at No. 1 doubles. The pair posted a 16-7 mark overall during the spring season playing at both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.

Penn senior Hicham Laalej (Via Mekles, Morocco) joined Pecotic as the only other unanamous first-team All-Ivy pick in singles while Yale sophomore Marc Powers (Stamford, Conn.) was named to the first team in singles for the second-straight year and was the only unanamious first-team choice in doubles this season.

Laalej got a first-team nod for the second time in his career with the first coming two seasons ago as a sophomore. This year, Laalej was strong at No. 1 singles for the Quakers posting a 15-2 record, including wins in five of his seven League matches.

Powers, the 2009-10 Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year, followed up his stellar rookie season with 20 overall singles wins, four of those coming in Ivy play at the No. 1 and 2 positions during the spring. He also excelled for Yale in doubles with a 5-2 mark at No. 1, primarily teaming Daniel Hoffman (Atherton, Calif.), who also received first-team honors in doubles.

Rounding out the doubles' first-team selections were the Dartmouth duo of sophomore Xander Centenari (Towson, Md.) and junior Michael Laser (Glencoe, Ill.). Centenari and Laser partnered together throughout the spring season at the No. 1 and 2 spots, tallying a 15-3 record including a 6-1 mark in League matches.

The doubles selections for All-Ivy were slightly altered  for the first time in League history. The season the coaches voted on the doubles nominees for first and second teams as individuals, not as doubles teams, as had been the format in previous years. 

Player of the Year
*Matija Pecotic, Princeton (So., Sliema, Malta)

Rookie of the Year
Brandon Burke, Brown (Fr., Kingston, Jamaica)

First Team All-Ivy
Singles
Andy Gauthier, Cornell (Sr., Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Jonathan Jaklitsch, Cornell (Sr., Islip, N.Y.)
Jonathan Pearlman, Harvard (Jr., Palm Beach, Fla.)
*Hicham Laalej, Penn (Sr., Via Mekles, Morocco)
*Matija Pecotic, Princeton (So., Sliema, Malta)
Marc Powers, Yale (So., Stamford, Conn.)

Doubles
Evan Bernstein, Cornell (Sr., Boca Raton, Fla.)
Jonathan Jaklitsch, Cornell (Sr., Islip, N.Y.)
Xander Centenari, Dartmouth (So., Towson, Md.)
Michael Laser, Dartmouth (Jr., Glencoe, Ill.)
Daniel Hoffman, Yale (So., Atherton, Calif.)
*Marc Powers, Yale (So., Stamford, Conn.)

Second Team All-Ivy
Singles
Brandon Burke, Brown (Fr., Kingston, Jamaica)
Haig Schneiderman, Columbia (Jr., New York, N.Y.)
Xander Centenari, Dartmouth (So., Towson, Md.)
Augie Bloom, Princeton (Fr., Hinsdale, Ill.)
Daniel Hoffman, Yale (So., Atherton, Calif.)
John Huang, Yale (So., Irvine, Calif.)

Doubles
Soufiane Azargui, Brown (Fr., Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
Brandon Burke, Brown (Fr., Kingston, Jamaica)
Nathaniel Gery, Columbia (So., Aurora, Ontario, Canada)
Jeremy Feldman, Cornell (Sr., Armonk, N.Y.)
Andy Gauthier, Cornell (Sr., Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Zach Katz, Penn (Fr., Boca Raton, Fla.)

* - Unanimous Selection