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April 30, 2014

Women's Tennis All-Ivy -- 2013-14

Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Consensus was abound once again among the 2013-14 postseason awards for Ivy League women's tennis, highlighted by Princeton junior Lindsay Graff as a unanimous choice for Player of the Year and first-team All-Ivy in singles and Brown freshman Dayna Lord as a unanimous section to the first team in singles to go along with being named Rookie of the Year.

Graff (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who was also named to the first team in doubles for the second-straight year, is the fifth-straight unanimous Player of the Year pick by the League's eight head coaches. She stands as just the third Tiger to be chosen Player of the Year, following Kavitha Krishnamurthy (1999-2000) and Hilary Bartlett (2009-10).

Limited to only two doubles appearances in the fall, Graff came out for the spring dual season in dominant fashion, going 18-4 including a 7-0 mark in Ivy play. She enters the NCAA Tournament on a nine-match winning streak. Graff and freshman Alanna Wolff (Perth Amboy, N.J.) are the 56th-ranked doubles duo by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), and went 6-2 this spring with four of those victories coming in conference play at Princeton's top spot. Overall, Graff was 11-8 in doubles since the calendar turned to 2014.

Lord (Bloomfield, Conn.) impressed in her first season as well, becoming just the second Brown player in school history to earn Rookie of the Year honors. Bianca Aboubakare in 2007-08 is the only other Bear to receive the honor. Lord tallied a 29-7 overall record in singles, which included 16 wins this spring and a 5-2 mark at No. 1 singles in League matches. She also earned second-team All-Ivy honors in doubles pairing with sophomore Hannah Camhi (Woodbury, N.Y.). The duo won four Ivy matches and 15 of 20 matches overall this spring as Brown's top tandem.

In all, the first team feature five singles players and two doubles teams voted as unanimous selections. Joining Graff and Lord in singles were Columbia sophomore Kanika Vaidya (Singapore), Penn junior Agustina Sol Eskenazi (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Yale junior Hanna Yu (Northbrook, Ill.).

Eskenazi, the League's 2011-12 Rookie of the Year, earned her third-straight appearance on the first team in both singles and doubles. In singles, she compiled a 23-7 record overall, going 4-3 against League foes and 10-0 against non-conference opponents this spring. In doubles, Eskenazi teamed with freshman Kana Daniel (Valencia, Spain) as the Quakers' No. 1 doubles pair and posted a 9-2 record overall and a 5-2 mark against Ivy counterparts in dual matches.

A second-team singles selection a year ago, Vaidya jumped to the first team this season on the strength of an 11-6 record at No. 1. She helped to propel the Lions to their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship. Vaidya made it back to the All-Ivy first team in doubles for the second-straight year, this time partnering with senior Bianca Sanon (Plantation, Fla.) as the nation's 22nd-best duo with 26-6 mark overall, including a 6-1 record in League play.

Yu received her first All-Ivy first team selection after totaling 24 wins overall with 16 victories in 19 matches in spring duals. She went 5-2 against conference foes, playing all seven matches at No. 1 for the Bulldogs.

Dartmouth sophomore Katherine Yau (Manhasset, N.Y.) rounded out the first team in singles after being named to the second team a year ago. She scored 17 wins on the season with nine of those coming this spring.

The second team was paced by a pair of seniors and last year's Rookie of the Year.  

Sanon added to her first-team doubles selection with a second-straight singles recognition with a spot on the second team. Yale senior Annie Sullivan (Deerfield, Ill.) closed her career with four-consecutive second-team selections, earning a second-team nod in singles this year. She was also named second-team All-Ivy in singles last year and second team in doubles following her freshman and sophomore seasons.

Fellow Bulldog Madeleine Hamilton (Greensboro, N.C.) followed up her freshman campaign, when she was named Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Ivy in singles, with a spot on the second team in doubles with freshman Sherry Li (Parkland, Fla.).

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Lindsay Graff, Princeton (Jr. - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Dayna Lord, Brown (Fr. - Bloomfield, Conn.)

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Singles
*Dayna Lord, Brown (Fr. - Bloomfield, Conn.)
*Kanika Vaidya, Columbia (So. - Singapore)
Katherine Yau, Dartmouth (So. - Manhasset, N.Y.)
*Agustina Sol Eskenazi, Penn (Jr. - Buenos Aires, Argentina)
*Lindsay Graff, Princeton (Jr. - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
*Hanna Yu, Yale (Jr. - Northbrook, Ill.)

Doubles
*Bianca Sanon (Sr. - Plantation, Fla.) and Kanika Vaidya (So. - Singapore), Columbia
*Agustina Sol Eskenazi (Jr. - Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Kana Daniel (Fr. - Valencia, Spain), Penn
Lindsay Graff (Jr. - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Alanna Wolff (Fr. - Perth Amboy, N.J.), Princeton

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Singles
Hannah Camhi, Brown (So. - Woodbury, N.Y.)
Tina Jiang, Columbia (Fr. - Bridgewater, N.J.)
Bianca Sanon, Columbia (Sr. - Plantation, Fla.)
Taylor Ng, Dartmouth (Fr. - Haddonfield, N.J.)
Spencer Liang, Harvard (Fr. - Potomac, Md.)
Alanna Wolff, Princeton (Fr. - Perth Amboy, N.J.)
Annie Sullivan, Yale (Sr. - Deerfield, Ill.)

Doubles
Dayna Lord (Fr. - Bloomfield, Conn.) and Hannah Camhi (So. - Woodbury, N.Y.), Brown
Crystal Leung (Jr. - Houston) and Tina Jiang (Fr. - Bridgewater, N.J.), Columbia
Madeleine Hamilton (So. - Greensboro, N.C.) and Sherry Li (Fr. - Parkland, Fla.), Yale

* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in voting, there are seven singles players on the second team