Ivy League Release
PRINCETON, N.J. – A total of six members of the Columbia men’s tennis team earned All-Ivy accolades, led by Player of the Year Victor Pham, announced today by the league office.
Joining Pham on the All-Ivy teams were first team doubles recipients Jack Lin and William Matheson, second team All-Ivy singles players Lin and Jackie Tang, and second team doubles honorees Adam Ambrozy and Michal Rolski.
Pham earns the top player in the Ivy League a day after qualifying for the NCAA Singles Championship, which will be played at Wake Forest from May 24-28, upon the conclusion of the team tournament. The Saratoga, California, native was the top singles player for the Ivy League champions, going 24-8 this year and being ranked as high as No. 7, while taking second at the Oracle ITA Masters and winning a match at the ITA Fall National Championship.
The junior started the spring season at 6-1, including two victories over Gustav Hansson from Ole Miss, who was ranked as high as No. 20 at the time, No. 64 Bjorn Petersen (Baylor), and No. 88 Julian Cash. This is the third straight season that Pham has been honored by the conference office, as he was a first team All-Ivy singles and doubles recipient last year, and a second team singles player during his rookie campaign. Columbia now has three of the past five conference Player of the Year winners, including Shawn Hadavi (2016) and Winston Lin (2014).
Lin and Matheson have held steady as the top doubles team for the Lions this spring, going 20-6 overall and boasting a ranking as high as No. 21 back in February. The pair went 5-1 in Ivy matches, helping them both garner first team All-Ivy honors for the first time in their career. Along with Pham, the two have qualified for the NCAA Doubles Tournament at Wake Forest.
Lin also picks up second team All-Ivy singles honors for his efforts this season, displaying a lot of talent in the middle of the lineup. The Markham, Ontario, native holds a 21-9 overall record in his first season and knocked off three ranked opponents this spring in singles play.
Joining Lin on the second team singles list was Jackie Tang, who earns the award for the second straight season. Tang played primarily in the No. 2 singles spot for the Lions, filling in at No. 1 when Pham had to sit out due to injury. The sophomore was ranked all season long, peaking at No. 37 in the February 20 poll, before ending the regular season at 23-10. A Hong Kong native, Tang knocked off four ranked opponents this year.
The Rolski/Ambrozy pair were placed on the second team All-Ivy doubles list, after finding success in the No. 2 doubles slot. Rolski, a senior from Kielczow, Poland, and Ambrozy, a sophomore from St. Petersburg, Florida, went 15-4 in doubles play, including an unblemished 7-0 mark in Ancient Eight play. The two enter the postseason on an eight-match winning streak.