May 1, 2008

Aboubakare in Named Unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year

May 1, 2008

PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown women's tennis standout Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA) has been unanimously named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in a vote by the League's eight coaches. In addition to earning Rookie of the Year honors, Aboubakare was one of four players to earn First Team All-Ivy unanimously, and half of the only doubles pair, joining with freshman Marisa Schonfeld (Washington, DC), to earn First Team All-Ivy unanimously. She and Yale's Janet Kim, the Ivy Player of the Year, were the only two players in the Ivy League to earn First Team All-Ivy honors in both singles and doubles. Since the Ivy League began honoring outstanding athletes with Player and Rookie of the Year honors in 1995, Aboubakare is Brown's first-ever Rookie of the Year and the first player since Trishna Patel '98 (1997 Player of the Year) to earn one of the two major awards.

Aboubakare made her presence felt on the Brown courts immediately this past fall, winning her first six singles matches. At the conclusion of the fall, she was ranked 16th in the East Region in singles. Aboubakare finished the year with an overall singles record of 28-6, including a 16-3 mark in dual matches, playing all at #1 singles. Her 28 singles wins rank second all-time at Brown for singles wins in a season, and are the most since Julia Martynova '99 also had 28 in 1997. In the Ivy League, Aboubakare was 6-1, including a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kim, the Ivy Player of the Year.

In doubles action, Aboubakare was 20-12 overall, with a 14-6 mark in dual matches, again all at #1 doubles. Her 20 doubles wins rank sixth all-time for doubles wins in a season. Overall, Aboubakare posted 48 wins and just 18 losses. Her 48 wins rank fourth all-time at Brown for combined wins in a season, the most since Leela Raju '99 earned 46 wins in 1997.

Aboubakare and Schonfeld were a dominant pair on the doubles court this year, posting a 19-10 overall record, including a 14-5 mark at #1 doubles in dual matches. During the Ivy League season, the duo went 5-2. In Brown's 7-0 victory over Columbia, the pair posted an 8-0 win at #1 doubles, giving them their 18th doubles win as a pair, which broke Brown's 11-year old record, held by Elisa Banner '00 and Patel, for doubles wins by a team in a single season. With another win in the Bears' victory over Harvard, the record now stands at 19.

2008 Women's Tennis All-Ivy
First Team - Singles
*Janet Kim, Yale
*Bianca Aboubakare, Brown
*Yulia Rivelis, Penn
*Ivana King, Princeton
Ekaterina Kosminskaya, Penn
Beier Ko, Harvard

First Team - Doubles
*Bianca Aboubakare & Marisa Schonfeld, Brown
Janet Kim & Jessie Rhee, Yale
Megan Zebroski & Molly Scott, Dartmouth

Player of the Year
Janet Kim, Yale

Rookie of the Year
*Bianca Aboubakare, Brown
* - Unanimous selection

Second Team - Singles
Molly Scott, Dartmouth
Jessie Rhee, Yale
Taylor Marable, Princeton
Melissa Saiontz, Princeton
Lindsay Clark, Yale
Samantha Rosenkrans, Harvard

Second Team - Doubles
Ekaterina Kosminskaya & Julia Koulbitskaya, Penn
Lindsay Clark & Lauren Ritz, Yale
Jesse Adler & Mary Beth Winningham, Dartmouth

Honorable Mention - Singles
Megan Zebroski, Dartmouth
Julia Koulbitskaya, Penn
Ruxandra Dumitrescu, Cornell

Honorable Mention - Doubles
Beier Ko & Samantha Rosenkrans, Harvard
Taylor Marable & Rebecca Parks, Princeton
Ivana King & Sarah Huah, Princeton