HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s tennis team and head coach Chris Drake recently held its annual award ceremony for the 2012-13 season with three players receiving accolades.
The Big Green had another successful year picking up non-conference wins against Iowa, Radford and East Tennessee State. Dartmouth finished tied for seventh in the Ivy League. For the second straight season, the Big Green leapt into the national rankings and with a strong core of players returning they look to make a splash in 2014.
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 senior Xander Centenari. The tri-captain picked up 27 wins in 2012-13. 10 of those wins came in singles and 17 were in doubles action. Centenari earned second team All-Ivy honors in doubles alongside partner Brandon DeBot. The duo went 5-2 in conference action opening the league slate with three straight victories.
The team accolades didn’t stop there for Centenari as he also received the new Hart Hat Commitment Award. The award is given to the player on the team that most exemplifies the team's values of self motivation, preparation, being team oriented, having a positive attitude and strength of character.
During his final season in Hanover, Centenari also won the Northeast Region Rafael Osuna/Arthur Ashe sportsmanship and leadership award which is given to a player who displays outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
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 the game, was given to freshman Brendan Tannenbaum. In his first year on campus, the Indianapolis, Ind., native won 11 singles matches and notched 10 doubles triumphs. Tannenbaum picked up five wins in conference play, highlighted by taking his first four career Ivy League matches.
The Grit Award, which is presented to the player on the team that most exemplifies the team's values of toughness, grit, resilience, composure and confidence. DeBot brought home the inaugural honor. DeBot netted four wins in singles play during the league dual-match season and while also netting five wins in doubles action against Ivy League foes. DeBot also excelled off the court, becoming one of just 62 students nationwide to earn the prestigious Truman Scholarship.