Harvard's Nguyen, Columbia's Lin Earn ITA All-America Honors in Men's Tennis
SKILLMAN, N.J. -- Harvard junior Denis Nguyen and Columba junior Winston Lin were among the list of men's and women's All-America selections, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), following the 2014 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships.
Both Lin and Nguyen earned ITA All-America honors by meeting one of the criteria of being a top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championship, reaching the round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championship or finishing in the top 20 of final ITA national rankings in singles.
As an at-large selection to the 64-player singles bracket, Nguyen went on a magical run to the semifinals with three-consecutive wins by straight sets before being defeated in three sets by Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian. He is the first Crimson to garner All-America recognition since Jonathan Chu (singles and doubles) and Ashwin Kumar (doubles) in 2005. Chu advanced to the semifinals of the 2005 men's singles bracket, while James Blake made the Ivy League's deepest run in the modern era, earning a berth in the NCAA title match in 1999.
Lin, who ended the year ranked 17th in the nation in singles, was a No. 9-12 seed in the NCAA Championship singles bracket. After an opening round victory, he fell to Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin in the second round.