PHILADELPHIA – The head coaches of the eight Ivy League schools voted for the 2009 men’s tennis All-Ivy team and Penn saw two players honored for their play over the course of the season.
Junior Hicham Laalej was named first-team All-Ivy while senior captain Jonathan Boym was named honorable mention.
Laalej’s selection to the first team gives Penn a spot on that squad for the fifth season in a row. He finished his first season as a Quaker with a 19-11 record. In Ivy matches, he was 4-3, playing all seven contests at the No. 1 spot. His three losses all were three-set matches, including one to the 2009 Ivy Player of the Year, Chris Clayton of Harvard. Overall while playing at the top spot, Laalej was 14-7 in the spring.
“Hicham had a great Ivy League season and definitely deserves this honor,” head coach Nik DeVore said. “There is so much talent in this league, so this is a great accomplishment for him.”
Boym is making his third appearance on the All-Ivy team. The 2006 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, he was named second-team All-Ivy that season and followed it up with a first-team selection in 2007.
He returned from missing almost all of the 2008 season due to injury to go 9-5 in 2009 while playing at No. 2 singles. He was 3-4 against Ivy opponents.
“Jonathan missed most of the season, but came back and fought hard in the spring,” DeVore said. “For him to be named honorable mention says a lot about him as a competitor and a person. He is an outstanding talent and the other coaches in the league recognized that. Jonathan has been a great sportsman throughout his career at Penn and he will be missed as he graduates in a few weeks.”
The full All-Ivy release can be found here.