University of Arizona junior Naoki Takeda has been named an All-Pac-12 Conference Honorable Mention, according to a vote of conference coaches, released by the league office on Monday.
Takeda put together one of the best seasons in recent Arizona history, as he became the first Wildcat to be selected for NCAA postseason play since Roger Matalonga represented UA in the field during the 2005-06 campaign. The Osaka, Japan native compiled an overall record of 23-5, while he went 15-2 in dual play. Both marking team bests.
Takeda recorded a 3-1 record against ranked individuals this year, including pulling off one of the largest upsets of the college tennis season, as he easily defeated then-ranked No. 5 Dominik Koepfer 6-2, 6-0 back on Feb. 17 against Tulane. Following the win Takeda was placed at No. 29 in the ITA individual poll on Feb. 24, which went down as the highest any Wildcat had been placed since Jan Anderson obtained a No. 9 national ranking at the conclusion of the 1994 season.
He recorded a perfect 1-0 record in Pac-12 play this year, as he was forced to sit out a portion of the conference slate due to injury.
Takeda is currently ranked No. 64 in the latest ITA individual poll. The final poll is scheduled to be released on Wednesday.
Tom Fawcett, Fr., Stanford *
Andre Goransson, So., California *
Yannick Hanfmann, Sr., USC *
Mackenzie McDonald, So., UCLA *
Dennis Mkrtchian, Sr., UCLA
Roberto Quiroz, Sr., USC *
* - unanimous selection
Eric Johnson, Sr., USC
Daan Maasland, Jr., Oregon
John Morrissey, Sr., Stanford
Martin Redlicki, Fr., UCLA
Mitch Stewart, Fr., Washington
Jonny Wang, Sr., USC
Gregory Bayane, CAL; Filip Bergevi, CAL; Nick Crystal, USC; Max de Vroome, USC; Jake Douglas, WASH; Karue Sell, UCLA; Simon Stevens, ORE; Naoki Takeda, ARIZ; Oscar Wikberg, CAL; David Wilczynski, STAN.
McDonald, a native of Piedmont, Calif., wrapped up his sophomore campaign with a 29-5 overall record that included a 15-5 mark in dual matches and 14-4 in tournaments. He is 20-4 against nationally ranked opponents, including a win over the No. 1-ranked player in the nation in Axel Alvarez of Oklahoma. Ranked in the top 15 in singles all season and as high as second, McDonald was the singles champion in the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional and won the consolation final in the ITA Men's All-American Championships.
Fawcett was a breakout star for the Cardinal in his freshman campaign, competing primarily at the No. 1 position in duals and compiling a 14-7 dual record with a 26-12 overall record. He led No. 20 Stanford to a share of the Pac-12 title, its first since 2010, and the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Championships. The Cardinal also reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The freshman from Winnetka, Ill., was named ITA Northwest Region Rookie of the Year and also captured the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships title in October.
Hanfmann and Quiroz teamed up to post a 22-8 overall doubles record, and were ranked in the top five of the ITA national rankings every week through the regular season. The duo won the 2014 ITA National Indoors Doubles Championship this season and also advanced to the final of the ITA Men's All-American Doubles Championship.