PHILADELPHIA - Following an outstanding freshman season, Connie Hsu has earned both Ivy League Player of the Year and Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. She was unanimously selected for both of these awards. In addition to Penn's representative on the singles side, Hsu and senior captain Alexa Ely were one of three pairings named First-Team All-Ivy in doubles. This selection was also unanimous amongst the Ivy League coaches.
During her first season at Penn, Hsu has accumulated 43 victories between the fall and spring seasons. She lost just twice during the entire school year with both of those defeats coming back in October. During the spring season, Hsu went a perfect 20-0 and did not drop a single set in any of these matches. She was also a perfect 7-0 inside the Ivy League playing at number one. Hsu is also the only freshman to earn First-Team All-Ivy honors for women's tennis.
In the history of the Ivy League, only 13 players have been named both Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in any sport. Four times this has occurred in women's tennis and three of those times the distinction has gone to a Penn player. In 2007, Ekaterina Kosminskaya took home both honors, while in 2001, Hsu's current head coach, Sanela Kunovac, also earned this distinction.
On the doubles side, Hsu and Ely combined for 27 wins during the course of the year. In the spring, Penn's top duo went 15-1 playing at number one doubles. Ely and Hsu were also a perfect 7-0 in Ivy League matches. In the fall, the Quaker's pairing also captured the Cissie Leary Doubles Invitational, which is hosted by Penn.
Hsu and Ely were part of a team that doubled its team wins from a season ago. The Quakers were also able to break through in the Ivy League with wins over Cornell and Columbia in the final weekend of the regular season.
Ranked 26th in the nation, Hsu is currently awaiting the NCAA Championship Singles draw to be announced.