Tennis takes Ivy honors, set to battle Terrapins
Women’s tennis recently swept the league’s top two honors with senior Susanna Lingman earning player of the year accolades and Celia Durkin ’08 taking rookie of the year honors. Lingman and Durkin also earned first-team All-Ivy honors in singles play after leading the Crimson to its second-straight 7-0 Ivy record.
The 2005 league champion Crimson will enjoy home court advantage in the first and second rounds of the NCAA championships May 13-14. No. 19 Harvard will take on No. 42 Maryland on Friday (May 13) at 2 p.m. following the Tennessee/Boston University match-up. The first-round winners will than compete Saturday (May 14) for the chance to advance to the final rounds, to be held May 19-22 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Men’s doubles duo net Ivy awards
Jonathan Chu ’05 and Ashwin Kumar ’08 each earned All-Ivy recognition in both singles and doubles play by the league’s eight coaches. Chu, who also claimed his first player of the year award, became just the fifth player in league history to earn first-team status for four straight seasons. A unanimous first-team doubles selection, Chu and Kumar (who was named rookie of the year) are ranked 30th in the nation as a pair.
The Crimson missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000, ending their season at 13-10 (5-2 Ivy).
Delaney-Smith to guide world games team
USA Basketball recently announced that Harvard women’s head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith has been selected to mentor the U.S. women’s team for this summer’s World University Games. The games, held every two years and organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), are a multisport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28, who are, or have been within the past year, students at a college or university. The 2005 World University Games will be held Aug. 11-21 in Imzir, Turkey.
The appointment marks Delaney-Smith’s second stint with USA Basketball. In 2003, she captured gold as an assistant with the USA World Championship For Young Women Team.
– Compiled by Andrew Brooks