HANOVER, N.H. – Head coach Chris Drake announced the 2016-17 Dartmouth men's tennis awards in the team's annual end-of-the-year banquet at the home of alum and current philosophy and computer science professor Carey Heckman '76. Five players were recognized for their performances throughout the season.
“It's always great to come together for a special evening at the end of each season and celebrate these terrific student-athletes,” Drake said. “I'd like to thank Carey Heckman for hosting our banquet at his home and for all of his support during the season.
Congratulations to all of our award winners this season,” Drake continued. “When recognition comes from your peers, it makes it much more significant and meaningful. All of the winners are truly deserving of their awards.”
Freshman Charlie Broom received two awards following an impressive first year on the team that culminated in him being named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. The Occum Bowl is awarded to the player who made the greatest improvement during the year and demonstrated increasing maturity in attitude toward the game. The Hard Hat Commitment Award is given to the player that most exemplifies the team's values: self-motivation, preparation, being team oriented, having a positive attitude and having strength of character.
The rookie, who was also named to the All-Ivy First Team, started playing at the No. 4 singles position and ascended through the lineup throughout the season before playing at the top spot for the final five matches. A similar story occurred in doubles, as he started at the No. 3 position and made his way up the ladder.
Senior Diego Pedraza and junior Paul Midgley received the Clarence J. Davies Award, which is given to the player(s) who displayed the qualities of sportsmanship and integrity that reflect most favorably on themselves and Dartmouth. Pedraza mostly played at the No. 1 doubles position alongside sophomore Roko Glasnovic. On March 18, the duo had a 6-2 win over an 11th-ranked pair from No. 41 Rice. Midgley went undefeated in singles matches throughout the spring, beating opponents from Bryant and Hofstra at the No. 6 position.
For the second year in a row, senior George Wall was the winner of the Grit Grind Toughness Award for exemplifying the team's values of toughness, grit, resilience, composure and confidence. During his final season on the team, he went 5-2 against Ivy League opponents and clinched an impressive seven matches throughout the year. Halfway through the season, he went on an eight-match unbeaten streak in doubles (Feb. 24 – Mar. 24).
The Big Green ended the year with an overall record of 11-14 and were 3-4 in Ivy play. Dartmouth played a tough schedule, facing nine ranked opponents throughout the season. A 4-0 victory over Hofstra on April 16 gave Drake his 100th win since arriving in Hanover in 2011.