HANOVER, N.H. — In the first season for Head Coach Chris Drake, the Dartmouth men's tennis team recently finished its 2010-11 season with its best finish in the Ivy League in 13 years. The Big Green ended the year with a 13-7 record overall and were 4-3 in the Ivy League.
The 4-3 record in the conference marked the best finish by Dartmouth in 13 years. Not only did the Big Green earn four wins, but all three losses came by the 4-3 variety. In the losses to Princeton and Harvard, the deciding match went to three sets, and in the loss to Cornell, the deciding match went to a third set tiebreaker.
Dartmouth jumped into the national rankings for four weeks during the season, reaching a high of 71st in the nation. Besides being ranked, the Big Green also defeated four ranked teams over the course of the year: Boston College (twice), St. John's and Penn.
In postseason awards, the Dartmouth duo of junior Michael Laser (Glencoe, Ill.) and sophomore Xander Centenari (Towson, Md.) earned first-team honors in doubles. Centenari also garnered second team All-Ivy honors in singles.
The combo went 6-1 in doubles during the Ivy season. Centenari went 4-3 in singles, splitting time between the top spot and second singles. Last season, Laser earned second-team All-Ivy honors in doubles with teammate Dan Freeman '09. These marked the first Ivy awards for Centenari.