HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth men's tennis team and head coach Chris Drake recently announced the captains for the 2012-13 season and the team awards for this past year. The Big Green had one of their most successful seasons in the history of the program in 2011-12. The team ended the year with a record-setting 18 wins with just four losses, and finished the season ranked 49th in the country. The ranking was the best year-end ranking in program history. The captains for next season are juniors Alex De Chatellus (Tiburon, Calif.), Mike Jacobs (Oak Park. Ill.) and Xander Centenari (Towson, Md.).
"All three of these players will be seniors in the fall," Drake said. "They have already established themselves as leaders on the team through their hard work and commitment to doing whatever they can to help the team be successful. We are excited about the direction and guidance they will provide to next year's team."
The Clarence J. Davies Award, which is given to the varsity player who by vote of teammates displayed those qualities of sportsmanship and integrity, which reflect most favorably on himself and Dartmouth, was presented to De Chatellus. The California native earned second-team All-Ivy honors in doubles, after playing first doubles throughout most of the dual-match season. De Chatellus went 11-8 in the spring in doubles, and also compiled a 7-4 singles mark over the course of the tournament season in the fall and the dual-match season in the spring.
The Occum Bowl, which is awarded to the player with the greatest improvement during the year in tennis skills and demonstrated increasing maturity in attitude towards game, was given to Jacobs. The junior broke into the starting lineup this year, finishing 8-4 in doubles matches. He provided a jumpstart to the team when inserted in the starting lineup at Boston College. He started all seven Ivy League matches.
The Most Valuable Player honor went to senior Michael Laser (Glencoe, Ill.). He earned All-Ivy honors for the third straight year, after receiving second-team honors in doubles this season. Laser teamed with De Chatellus at first doubles in almost all of his matches. He finished the year 16-12 in singles, while playing 14 of his matches at first singles. He had a 10-match win streak from Feb. 4 through March 20, while splitting time between first and second singles.
Centenari started in the top two singles spots in every dual match he played this season. He finished 17-15 in singles with a 10-4 mark in the fall season. He won important matches in Ivy League play against Will Spector of Brown and previous Ivy Player of the Year, Marc Powers, of Yale. In doubles play, he and partner Brandon DeBot (Stevens Point, Wis.) went 5-2 at second doubles during the Ivy season.