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38 Days, 38 Sports: Men's Tennis

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 08/01/2013
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Zack McCourt was the No. 2 singles player for the Princeton men's tennis team last year.
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As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. A new post will be added each day Monday through Friday until the first Princeton athletic events on Aug. 31.

Princeton Men's Tennis: Five Numbers to Know
1901 First year as a varsity sport 24 EITA/Ivy League titles 7 NCAA tournament appearances 5 Ivy League Players of the Year 2011 Year the Cordish Tennis Pavilion opened

Head Coach

 Billy Pate
2nd season as head coach in 2013-14
• Coached Alabama to seven NCAA Tournaments over 10 seasons prior to arriving at Princeton
• Coached Princeton to wins over six ITA-ranked opponents in his first season
• Coached the Ivy League Player of the Year and two first-team All-Ivy players during his first season
• Led Princeton to a No. 51 ITA ranking in his first season, the program's highest final ranking since 1995

Top Returner

Zack McCourt
• Was team's No. 2 singles player last season, occupying that spot in 17 of the team's 22 dual matches
• Went 18-3 in fall doubles last season
• Won three fall tournament doubles titles, in 2012-13 all with Matija Pecotic '13
• Was a first-team All-Ivy selection in doubles in 2012-13

Top Freshman in 2012-13

Jonathan Carcione
• Was the team's No. 6 singles player last season
• Won 13 of his last 14 matches in the dual-meet season
• Went 6-1 in Ivy League matcheslast season, getting all six wins in straight sets
• Had wins against players from nine ITA-ranked teams during the dual-meet season

Ten Princeton Men's Tennis Facts

• Princeton's final ITA ranking in 2012-13, No. 51, was its highest since 1995, when the team finished ranked No. 38.

• Matija Pecotic '13 was both the program's first ITA All-America since Ted Farnsworth '84 and achieved the team's highest final ITA singles ranking, No. 19, since Farnsworth.

• Princeton achieved the league's first three-time Ivy League Player of the Year in men's tennis when Matija Pecotic '13 was awarded the honor for the third straight year in 2013.

• Princeton has placed a player in the NCAA singles tournament 16 times since 1978. Matija Pecotic '13 became the first Tiger to win an NCAA singles tournament match since Reed Cordish '96 in 1996.

• Princeton has gained eight NCAA doubles tournament berths, most recently in 2001 when Kyle Kliegerman '01 and John Portlock '01 participated.

• Princeton's all-time winningest coach is David Benjamin, who is now the Executive Director of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Benjamin's teams won 339 dual matches from 1975-2000.

• Princeton has had an outstanding record in men's tennis, with the program holding an all-time winning percentage of .728 since its founding in 1901.

• Princeton's outdoor home facility, the Lenz Tennis Center, consists of 20 courts. Among these are the eight varsity courts that the newly built Cordish Tennis Pavilion, opened in 2011, overlooks.

• In addition to the Lenz Tennis Center, Princeton has an indoor facility in Jadwin Gymnasium, which has six courts.

• Since the Ivy League succeeded the EITA in men's tennis beginning with the 1999 season, Princeton has had 10 winning Ivy League campaigns, including a 5-2 record in 2013.

July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Men's Heavyweight Crew
July 17 - Women's Basketball
July 18 - Men's Outdoor Track
July 19 - Women's Open Crew
July 22 - Men's Lacrosse
July 23 - Women's Squash
July 24 - Men's Golf
July 25 - Women's Volleyball
July 26 - Men's Basketball
July 29 - Women's Lacrosse
July 30 - Men's Hockey
July 31 - Women's Swimming
Aug. 1 - Men's Tennis

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