Pearlman, Nguyen, MacMaster and Felton Earn All-Ivy Accolades
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On the heels of an already successful campaign that saw the No. 23 Harvard men's tennis team clinch its 29th Ivy League title, the squad had even more reason to celebrate on Thursday, as four Crimson players received All-Ivy League honors. Senior Jon Pearlman was named All-Ivy League first team while freshman Denis Nguyen was named second team All-Ivy League. The doubles team of senior Alistair Felton and Casey MacMaster also received conference recognition as the duo was named to the All-Ivy League doubles team.
This is second time Pearlman has garnered All-Ivy League first team honors, as the senior has been an anchor from the No. 1 spot for Harvard this season. The senior from Palm Beach, Fla., tallied a 10-11 record overall this season but went a sterling 5-2 against Ancient Eight foes, 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 Ivy League title on the line. Pearlman was one of four unanimous selections to the first team with Columbia's Winston Lin, Princeton's Matija Pecotic and Yale's John Huang.
Nguyen made an impact early on for the Crimson and never looked back as he has played consistently out of the No. 2 spot for the Crimson. The first year player out of Anaheim, Calif., went 12-6 from the No. 2 spot and 1-0 from the No. 3 position this season and matched Pearlman's 5-2 record against Ancient Eight opponents. His biggest highlight may be his latest match, when Nguyen stormed back from a 1-0 deficit in his contest to win the final two sets and clinch the Ivy League title for the Crimson.
Harvard's top team of Felton and MacMaster has been stellar for the Crimson this season, consistently playing out of the No. 1 spot. The team has been ranked since the start of the dual season and has been as high as No. 35 in the nation. The tandem accrued a record of 20-10 in 2012 while going 4-3 against Ivy League foes. This is the second time Felton has been selected as an All-Ivy League doubles player while its MacMaster's first.
Harvard prepares for its first round NCAA showdown with No. 45 Virginia Tech on May 11 in Gainesville, Fla. The Crimson defeated the Hokies in its first meeting, downing Virgnia Tech 4-3 in February.