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April 28, 2011

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

Complete 2011 Women's Tennis All-Ivy Release

Photo courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Connie Hsu's freshman season at Penn can be summed up in one word -- dominant.

With a combined 71-5 singles and doubles record, including a perfect 20-0 mark at the No. 1 singles position during the spring dual match season, Hsu left no doubt as the coaches' unanimous choice as the 2010-11 Ivy League Women's Tennis Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Ivy in both singles and doubles.

Hsu (San Antonio, Texas) is the 13th person in Ivy League history and the fourth in Ivy women's tennis history to be named Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season. The four occurrences in women's tennis is the most in any Ivy League sport followed by women's squash (three times), men's squash (two times), men's golf (once), women's golf (once), men's tennis (once) and wrestling (once). Two of the three previous occurrences in women's tennis were also by Penn players -- current Quakers head coach Sanela Kunovac in 2001 and Ekaterina Kosminskaya in 2007. The other was by Princeton's Kavitha Krishnamurthy in 2000.

Compiling an amazing 43-2 singles record, Hsu won 16-straight singles matches to begin her rookie campaign, taking titles at the William and Mary Invitational and Cissie Leary Invitational. She suffered her first singles loss on Oct. 8 against Marshall's Michaela Kissell in the round of 32 at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships and her second defeat on Nov. 5 against Michigan's Denise Muresan, ranked eighth in the country at the time, in the round of 16 at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. After that second loss, she reeled off 20 consecutive victories in the spring season, 19 of them were in two sets with the other coming via surrender due to injury.

Hsu had an equally impressive season in doubles, teaming with senior Alexa Ely (Asheville, N.C.) for all but one match all season. She and Ely reached the finals of all three fall tournaments they competed, winning the doubles title at the Cissie Leary Invitiational. Hsu started the spring dual match season with a win with fellow freshman Jaime Yapp-Shing as her partner. Hsu then reunited with Ely and them tandem went on to claim claim victories in 15 of their next 16 matches, including a perfect 7-0 mark in League play.

The League's core of veterans also made their presence known this season as Dartmouth senior Molly Scott (singles), Princeton junior Hilary Bartlett (singles and doubles), Princeton senior Taylor Marable (doubles) were voted first-team All-Ivy for a third-straight season. Scott and Bartlett are the 11th and 12th women's players all-time to be named first-team All-Ivy in singles three times, while Bartlett and Marable are the eighth and ninth players to be named first-team All-Ivy in doubles three times.

Scott (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) led Dartmouth to a share of its first-ever Ivy women's tennis title with three League victories at No. 1 singles and 11 wins in the spring season. Bartlett (New York, N.Y.) continued to be a top performer for Princeton, totaling eight singles wins in dual match play. Bartlett and Marable (Darien, Ill.) teamed up for another solid season in doubles, compiling a 14-6 spring record at No. 1 and earning unanimous selection to the first team as a twosome for the second-straight year.

Also receiving unanimous section to the first team were Brown sophomore Misia Krasowski (Deerfield, Ill.), Columbia sophomore Nicole Bartnik (Brandenton, Fla.) and Harvard junior Holly Cao (Sydney, Australia) in singles and Harvard sophomores Kristin Norton (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Hideko Tachibana (Canyon Country, Texas) in doubles.

Krasowski's selection marked the fourth consecutive season Brown boasted a first-teamer in singles following Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, Calif.), who earned second-team recognition in doubles this season, garnering first-team selection in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Krasowski recorded 18 singles wins overall this season, including 10 at No. 1 in dual matches.

Bartnik became Columbia's first first-team All-Ivy pick in singles since Milena Kachar in 2006. At No. 1 singles, Bartnik closed out the season with three wins in her last five matches to tally 13 victories during the spring for the Lions.

Receiving first-team honors in singles for a second-straight year, Cao put together another stellar season for Harvard with a 15-1 spring ledger, including a 6-1 Ivy record, at the top singles spot.

Norton and Tachibana was potent pair for the Crimson at No. 1 doubles, posting a 6-1 record in League matches and 10-4 mark in the spring.

In a rare repeat, the Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and all three doubles teams were unanimous selections by the coaches for the second-straight year. This year, four of the six singles selections were unanimous choices coming off last season when five of the six singles honorees were voted unanimously to the first team.

Player of the Year
*Connie Hsu, Penn (Fr., San Antonio, Texas)

Rookie of the Year
*Connie Hsu, Penn (Fr., San Antonio, Texas)

First Team All-Ivy
Singles
*Misia Krasowski, Brown (So., Deerfield, Ill.)
*Nicole Bartnik, Columbia (So., Brandenton, Fla.)
Molly Scott, Dartmouth (Sr., Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)
*Holly Cao, Harvard (Jr., Sydney, Australia)
*Connie Hsu, Penn (Fr., San Antonio, Texas)
Hilary Bartlett, Princeton (Jr., New York, N.Y.)

Doubles
*Kristin Norton (So., Port Washington, N.Y.) and Hideko Tachibana (So., Canyon Country, Texas), Harvard
*Alexa Ely (Sr., Asheville, N.C.) and Connie Hsu (Fr., San Antonio, Texas), Penn
*Hilary Bartlett (Jr., New York, N.Y.) and Taylor Marable (Sr., Darien, Ill.), Princeton

Second Team All-Ivy
Singles
Cassandra Herzberg, Brown (Jr., Miami Beach, Fla.)
Sarah Leonard, Dartmouth (So., Norwalk, Conn.)
Hideko Tachibana, Harvard (So., Canyon Country, Texas)
Rachel Saiontz, Princeton (Jr., Miami, Fla.)
Vicky Brook, Yale (Jr., London, England)
Elizabeth Epstein, Yale (So., Chicago, Ill.)
Blair Seideman, Yale (Fr., Glen Head, N.Y.)

Doubles
Bianca Aboubakare (Sr., Orange, Calif.) and Jessica Harrow (Fr., La Crescenta, Calif.), Brown
Rachel Saiontz (Jr., Miami, Fla.) and Monica Chow (So., Miami, Fla.), Princeton
Annie Sullivan (Fr., Deerfield, Ill.) and Lindsay Clark (Sr., Bernardsville, N.J.), Yale

* - Unanimous Selection