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May 2, 2013

Women's Tennis All-Ivy -- 2012-13

Photos courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the fourth-straight year, there was no question who was the best player in Ivy League women's tennis.

The League's eight head coaches were all in concert in voting Columbia senior Nicole Bartnik as a unanimous choice for Player of the Year and first-team All-Ivy for the second-consecutive year. In fact, it was the fourth season in a row the coaches left no doubt and voted unanimously for the conference's top honor in women's tennis.  

Bartnik is just the third player to win the Ivy League Women's Tennis Player of the Year award in back-to-back seasons, joining Cornell's Olga Itskhoki (1995 and 1996) and Penn's Alice Pirsu (2002 and 2003).

She (2011, 2012, 2013) and Harvard senior Hideko Tachibana (2010, 2012 and 2013) were voted to the first team in singles for a third time, becoming the 11th and 12th players in League history to hold that distinction. Previous three-time, first-team All-Ivy selections in singles include Pia Tamayo, Princeton (1981, 1982, 1983); Meghan McMahon, Yale (1984, 1985, 1986); Doris Lee, Dartmouth (1989, 1990, 1991); Itskhoki, Cornell (1994, 1995, 1996); Ivy Wang, Harvard (1996, 1997, 1998; Somer Khanlarian, Yale (1996-97-99); Anastasia Pozdniakova, Penn (1997, 1998, 1999); Suzanne Wright, Cornell (2000, 2001, 2002); Kavitha Krishnamurthy, Princeton (2000, 2002, 2003) and Bianca Aboubakare, Brown (2008, 2009, 2010).

Ranked 73rd in singles in the May 2 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings, the Bradenton, Fla., native closed her senior season in strong fashion with wins in eight of her final nine matches, including an unblemished 6-0 mark in Ivy play. Over the final two years of her career, she went 13-0 against Ancient Eight foes. This season Bartnik went 17-10 in singles action with wins over a pair of top 20 opponents. She also received a nod as second-team All-Ivy in doubles after posting a 13-5 overall record and 4-1 mark in League matches with sophomore Crystal Leung (Houston) as the Lions' No. 2 tandem.

While Bartnik was putting stamp on her career, Yale freshman Madeleine Hamilton started hers with a bang with an award haul of Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Ivy in singles. She is just the second Yale player to be named Rookie of the Year in women's tennis, following Cynthia Obsitnik in 1998.

Hamilton impressed in her first year in New Haven with a 6-1 ledger at No. 2 singles over the Ivy slate, which earned her a spot on the first team in singles. The Greensboro, N.C., native was a key cog in the Bulldogs' stellar singles lineup that featured three 20-match winners. Hamilton was 21-10 overall in singles and 12-7 in doubles.

Tachibana, Columbia junior Bianca Sanon (Plantation, Fla.), Penn sophomore Agustina Sol Eskenazi (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Princeton sophomore Lindsay Graff (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Yale senior Elizabeth Epstein (Chicago) joined Bartnik, Hamilton and Tachibana on the first team in singles. Epstein grabbed her second-straight unanimous selection to the first team in singles, while Graff was a unanimous first-team pick for the first team after landing on the second team a season ago.

Tachibana anchored the Crimson's singles lineup with a 16-10 overall record with a 3-4 record at No. 1 in spring dual matches against Ancient Eight foes. In addition to being to the All-Ivy first team three times in singles, The native of Canyon Country, Texas, has been named to the second team in doubles twice (2010 and 2012 with Kristin Norton).

Epstein also posted a 3-4 mark in League contests, as a part of 25-win season in singles. Combined with her doubles play with fellow Bulldog Annie Sullivan, she helped led Yale to a share of its third-straight conference title and third-straight trip to the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship. Epstein also earned a spot on the second team in doubles with junior Annie Sullivan (Deerfield, Ill.).  

Graff won eight of her final 10 matches to post a 12-7 spring record with a 5-2 record in League matches this spring, all at the top singles spot. This marked her second first-team recognition after being a first-team All-Ivy doubles pick with Hilary Bartlett last year.

Eskenazi, the 2012 Rookie of the Year, took home first-team honors in singles and doubles for the second time in as many seasons. At No. 1 singles, she led the Quakers with a 5-1 record in Ivy play and totaled 19 victories with two coming over top 75 opponents. In doubles, Eskenazi dominated with with freshman Sonya Latycheva (Toronto) with a 25-4 overall record, including a 15-2 spring record and a 6-1 mark in League matches.

Sanon joined Eskenazi as the only two players to receive first-team recognition in both singles and doubles. She was an integral part to Columbia grabbing a share of its first-ever Ivy title in women's tennis. Sanon went 9-2 this spring and 6-1 against conference foes as the Lions' No. 2 in singles. She and freshman Kanika Vaidya (Singapore) teamed up in doubles this year and put up a 11-1 mark overall, winning four of five matches against Ivy foes at the No. 2 position.

For the third time (2010, 2011 and 2013) in five years, all three first-team doubles teams were unanimous picks by the coaches.

Brown senior Misia Krasowski (Deerfield, Ill.) and freshman Hannah Camhi (Woodbury, N.Y.) earned their first first-team All-Ivy honor as a doubles duo. With 22 overall victories, Krasowski and Camhi broke Brown's school record for doubles wins in a single season, which previously stood at 20 by current assistant coach Bianca Aboubakare and Cassandra Herzberg in 2010 and Emily Ellis and Kathrin Sorokko in 2009. The twosome were at their best against conference competition with only one loss at No. 1 to Penn's Eskenazi and Latycheva. Krasowski closed her four years with three first-team All-Ivy honors (singles in 2011 and 2012; doubles in 2013).

Columbia led the way with most All-Ivy selections with three singles players and two doubles teams recognized, followed by Yale with three singles players and one doubles team and Princeton with two singles players and one doubles team.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Nicole Bartnik, Columbia (Sr. - Bradenton, Fla.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Madeleine Hamilton, Yale (Fr. - Greensboro, N.C.)

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
Singles
*Nicole Bartnik, Columbia (Sr. - Bradenton, Fla.)
Bianca Sanon, Columbia (Jr. - Plantation, Fla.)
Hideko Tachibana, Harvard (Sr. - Canyon Country, Texas)
Agustina Sol Eskenazi, Penn (So. - Buenos Aires, Argentina)
*Lindsay Graff, Princeton (So. - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
*Elizabeth Epstein, Yale (Sr. - Chicago)
Madeleine Hamilton, Yale (Fr. - Greensboro, N.C.)

Doubles
*Misia Krasowski (Sr. - Deerfield, Ill.) and Hannah Camhi (Fr. Woodbury, N.Y.), Brown
*Bianca Sanon (Jr. - Plantation, Fla.) and Kanika Vaidya (Fr. - Singapore), Columbia
*Agustina Sol Eskenazi (So. - Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Sonya Latycheva (Fr. - Toronto), Penn

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Singles
Kanika Vaidya, Columbia (Fr. - Singapore)
Sarah O'Neil, Cornell (Sr. - Lynnfield, Mass.)
Katherine Yau, Dartmouth (Fr. - Manhasset, N.Y.)
Amy He, Harvard (Fr. - Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
Katherine Flanigan, Princeton (Jr. - Davis, Calif.)
Annie Sullivan, Yale (Jr. - Deerfield, Ill.)

Doubles
Nicole Bartnik (Sr. - Bradenton, Fla.) and Crystal Leung (So. - Houston), Columbia
Ryann Young (Jr. - Northbrook, Ill.) and Lauren Frazier (So. - Greenville, N.C), Cornell
Joan Cannon (So. - Kingston, Ontario, Canada) and Lindsay Graff (So. - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Princeton
Elizabeth Epstein (Sr. - Chicago) and Annie Sullivan (Jr. - Deerfield, Ill.), Yale

* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in voting, there are seven singles players on the first team and four doubles teams on the second team