Marc Powers Advances to Semifinals of ITA Regionals

Marc Powers. (photo by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity)
Marc Powers. (photo by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity)

HANOVER, N.H. - Freshman Marc Powers (Stamford, Conn.) advanced to the semifinals of the Wilson/ ITA Regionals Monday morning at Dartmouth.  Powers defeated the No. 3 seed Mihai Nichifor of Columbia 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the quarterfinals to advance. He will play Columbia's Haig Schneiderman, the No. 17 seed, in the semis Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Powers has now won four straight matches against seeded opponents en route to making the semifinals.  Power's victory over Nichifor was just his second three-setter of the entire tournament as he has won three of his five matches in straight sets.  Powers has now defeated three Ivy League opponents in this tournament.  

Powers became the second Yale player in as many years to advance to the semifinals of the Wilson / ITA Regionals.  Captain Jeff Dawson '09 did the same when Yale hosted the event last year.  

Powers and senior captain Connor Dawson advanced to the semifinals of the main doubles draw Monday before losing.  The duo pulled out an 8-6 victory over the No. 4 seed Haig Schneiderman and Jonathan Wong of Columbia in the quarterfinals.  Dawson and Powers then lost 8-5 to Harvard's Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen, who ended up winning the tournament.

For Complete Results for the entire tournament, click here.  

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity