Katz and Laalej Named All-Ivy

PHILADELPHIA - Senior Hicham Laalej was named first-team All-Ivy and freshman Zach Katz was named to the second team following the announcement of the League's All-Ivy squads on Tuesday.

Laalej was one of two unanimous selections to the first team, along with Ivy Player of the Year Matija Pecotic. He went 5-2 at the No. 1 singles spot for the Red and Blue in earning his second first-team All-Ivy selection. The senior's only two losses at the top spot came to Pecotic and fellow first-team selection Jonathan Pearlman. Laalej was injured last season but in 2009, his first season with the Red and Blue, he was a first-team All-Ivy selection.

Katz was honored as second-team All-Ivy for his performance in doubles this season. The first-year teamed up with classmate Ivan Turudic to go 4-2 in Ivy matches, with all but one of those matches coming at the No. 2 spot. He is the first freshman to earn All-Ivy honors since Jonathan Boym was named second-team All-Ivy in singles back in 2006.

Player of the Year
*Matija Pecotic, Princeton (So., Sliema, Malta)

Rookie of the Year
Brandon Burke, Brown (Fr., Kingston, Jamaica)

First Team All-Ivy
Singles
Andy Gauthier, Cornell (Sr., Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Jonathan Jaklitsch, Cornell (Sr., Islip, N.Y.)
Jonathan Pearlman, Harvard (Jr., Palm Beach, Fla.)
*Hicham Laalej, Penn (Sr., Via Mekles, Morocco)
*Matija Pecotic, Princeton (So., Sliema, Malta)
Marc Powers, Yale (So., Stamford, Conn.)

Doubles
Evan Bernstein, Cornell (Sr., Boca Raton, Fla.)
Jonathan Jaklitsch, Cornell (Sr., Islip, N.Y.)
Xander Centenari, Dartmouth (So., Towson, Md.)
Michael Laser, Dartmouth (Jr., Glencoe, Ill.)
Daniel Hoffman, Yale (So., Atherton, Calif.)
*Marc Powers, Yale (So., Stamford, Conn.)

Second Team All-Ivy
Singles
Brandon Burke, Brown (Fr., Kingston, Jamaica)
Haig Schneiderman, Columbia (Jr., New York, N.Y.)
Xander Centenari, Dartmouth (So., Towson, Md.)
Augie Bloom, Princeton (Fr., Hinsdale, Ill.)
Daniel Hoffman, Yale (So., Atherton, Calif.)
John Huang, Yale (So., Irvine, Calif.)

Doubles
Soufiane Azargui, Brown (Fr., Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
Brandon Burke, Brown (Fr., Kingston, Jamaica)
Nathaniel Gery, Columbia (So., Aurora, Ontario, Canada)
Jeremy Feldman, Cornell (Sr., Armonk, N.Y.)
Andy Gauthier, Cornell (Sr., Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Zach Katz, Penn (Fr., Boca Raton, Fla.)

* - Unanimous Selection