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May 3, 2012

Men's Tennis All-Ivy -- 2011-12

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Posting impressive seasons for their respective teams, Princeton junior Matija Pecotic and Columbia freshman Winston Lin spotlight the Ivy League men's tennis postseason honors for the 2011-12 season.

Pecotic (Sliema, Malta) was named Player of the Year for the second-straight season and Lin (Williamsville, N.Y.) was named Rookie of the Year. Both garnered unanimous selection to the first-team All-Ivy singles team by the League's eight head coaches.

Pecotic is the sixth player to twice win Player of Year honors, joining the company of Brown's Tim Donovan (1988, 1989), Harvard's Andrew Rueb (1993, 1995) and Michael Zimmerman (1991, 1992) and David Lingman (2003, 2004) and Yale's Brandon Wai (2006, 2007). He is the fourth Tiger to be named Player of the Year, joining Reed Cordish in 1996, Judson Williams in 2002 and Peter Capkovic in 2008.

Pecotic earned automatic selection to the singles competition for the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships later in May after putting up an impressive 28-4 singles record, including straight-set wins in all seven Ivy dual matches this season. He goes into his senior season on a 15-match winning streak in conference dual matches, having gone undefeated in each of the last two seasons.

Lin brought his own form of "Linsanity" to the Big Apple to start his career with the Lions and become the third Columbia player to be named Rookie of the Year following Jonathan Wong (2007) and Haig Schneiderman (2009).

Lin was impressive in the regular season with a 21-1 record in singles dual matches, including a perfect 7-0 record in League play, in playing at the top two spots. In doubles, Lin partnered with Schneiderman for a 10-3 record in dual matches, including a 5-2 record against Ivy foes at No. 2 doubles.

Schneiderman (New York) joined Lin on the first team in singles, along with Yale junior Daniel Hoffman (Atherton, Calif.) and unanimous picks Harvard senior Jonathan Pearlman (Palm Beach, Fla.) and Yale junior John Huang (Irvine, Calif.)

Schneiderman closed his Columbia career with consistent play in singles and doubles to help guide the Lions to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 14 years. He tallied 14 overall singles victories, highlighted by three crucial wins in League play.

Hoffman was the only player to receive first-team recognition in both singles and doubles this season. In singles, he posted 21-3 dual match record paced by a 7-0 mark in Ivy play. In doubles, Hoffman was a unanimous choice after a 17-4 record in the spring with five of those wins coming with his partner junior Marc Powers (Stamford, Conn.), who was also a unanimous first-team pick in doubles. Both Hoffman and Powers earned first-team doubles honors for the second-straight season.

Pearlman was the anchor from the No. 1 spot for Harvard this season with a sterling 5-2 record in League dual matches, including a two-set victory over Dartmouth's No. 1 player, Xander Centenari, contributing to Harvard's 4-3 victory over the Big Green, with the regular-season title on the line.

Playing mostly at No. 1 in singles against Ancient Eight opponents, Huang went 5-1 with all five victories coming in straight sets. He was 18-4 in dual matches and 25-9 overall including fall tournament play.

Columbia freshmen Ashok Narayana (Houston, Texas) and Max Schnur (Richmond, Va.) and the Harvard duo of senior Alistar Felton (Somerset, England) and sophomore Casey MacMaster (Fort Collins, Colo.) round out the All-Ivy first team in doubles.

Individually, Narayana and Schnur were unanimous first-team picks by virtue of their tandem play at the No. 1 spot for the Lions. The twosome totaled a 15-7 spring record with a 5-2 ledger in League dual matches.

Felton and MacMaster played all 31 of their doubles matches together this season with a 13-8 spring record and 4-3 record in Ivy play. The Crimson duo has been ranked since the start of the dual season and currently stand at No. 66 in the most recent Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings.
 
Player of the Year
Matija Pecotic, Princeton (Jr., Sliema, Malta)

Rookie of the Year
*Winston Lin, Columbia (Fr., Williamsville, N.Y.)

First Team All-Ivy
Singles
*Winston Lin, Columbia (Fr., Williamsville, N.Y.)
Haig Schneiderman, Columbia (Sr., New York)
*Jonathan Pearlman, Harvard (Sr., Palm Beach, Fla.)
*Matija Pecotic, Princeton (Jr., Sliema, Malta)
Daniel Hoffman, Yale (Jr., Atherton, Calif.)
*John Huang, Yale (Jr., Irvine, Calif.)

Doubles
*Ashok Narayana, Columbia (Fr., Houston, Texas)
*Max Schnur, Columbia (Fr., Richmond, Va.)
Alistar Felton, Harvard (Sr., Somerset, England)
Casey MacMaster, Harvard (So., Fort Collins, Colo.)
*Daniel Hoffman, Yale (Jr., Atherton, Calif.)
*Marc Powers, Yale (Jr., Stamford, Conn.)

Second Team All-Ivy
Singles
Soufiane Azargui, Brown (So., Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
William Spector, Brown (Fr., Weston, Mass.)
Venkat Iyer, Cornell (So., Bethesda, Md.)
Sam Fleck, Cornell (Fr., Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Denis Nguyen, Harvard (Fr., Anaheim, Calif.)
Jeremy Court, Penn (Fr., New Rochelle, N.Y.)

Doubles
Soufiane Azargui, Brown (So., Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
Brandon Burke, Brown (So., Kingston, Jamaica)
Michael Laser, Dartmouth (Sr., Glencoe, Ill.)
Alex de Chatellus, Dartmouth (Jr., Tiburon, Calif.)
Matt Siow, Princeton (Jr., Irvine, Calif.)
Matt Spindler, Princeton (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.)

* - Unanimous Selection