NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale will play host to Fairleigh Dickinson, Marist, and Stony Brook Saturday and Sunday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. The Bulldogs will look to improve upon their 4-3 record when they play three matches this weekend.
“I am expecting to have a great weekend,” said Alex Dorato, the Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men’s Tennis. “We are playing three matches in two days, which requires both stamina and depth in the line-up. On both counts I feel that we are very strong.”
This weekend will also mark the return of captain Connor Dawson to the singles lineup. Dawson, who competed in doubles against UMBC and Navy last weekend, has been out since the fall with a wrist injury.
“Connor was 2nd Team All Ivy in both singles and doubles last season, so his return is very important to us as we head toward the Ivy League season,” Dorato said.
The Season to Date
Last weekend, Yale swept matches in Maryland against UMBC and Navy to improve to 4-3. The Bulldogs edged UMBC 4-3 Saturday before defeating Navy 5-2 Sunday.
On Feb. 13 and Feb. 14, the Bulldogs lost close 4-3 matches against both Princeton and Brown at the ECAC Indoor Championships at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
On Feb. 7, Yale cruised to a 6-1 victory over Army on the road. Yale swept the three doubles matches and won five of six singles matches in straight sets.
The Bulldogs opened their season two weekends ago with a win and a loss. Yale pulled out a 4-3 win over No. 70 Radford Saturday before losing to No. 1 USC in the ITA Division I Men’s Kick-off Weekend.
Yale’s 2010 schedule includes matches against five teams that were ranked in the presesason ITA National Rankings. The schedule includes matches against No. 56 Radford, No. 61 Furman, No. 50 Columbia, and No. 63 Harvard. In addition, Yale played defending national champion No. 1 USC.
Seven Returning Players
Yale returns seven players from a team that finished 4-3 in the Ivy League last season. Senior captain Connor Dawson, junior Calvin Bennett, sophomore Joel Samaha, and sophomore Erik Blumenkranz all were major contributors to a Bulldogs team that went 14-8 overall.
Three New Additions
The Bulldogs add three players who will not only be major contributors right away, but also should be stars for Yale. Freshmen Marc Powers and John Huang are blue chip recruits that come to Yale along with freshman Daniel Hoffman as part of the Bulldogs’ No. 4 recruiting class. Powers, Huang, and Hoffman all had great fall seasons for Yale.
2009 ITA National Indoor Championships
Yale played host to the 2009 ITA National Indoor Championships from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. The 2009 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation’s premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, is the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships featured a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field.
The draws were made up of qualifiers from Wilson / ITA Regional Championships held across the country, the ITA National Small College Championships, top performers from the ITA All-American Championships, and at-large wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee.
As host of the tournament, the Bulldogs received two singles bids and one doubles bid. Freshmen Marc Powers and John Huang played singles for Yale in the tournament, and the doubles team of Samaha and Bennett represented the Bulldogs in the doubles field.
The Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center
The Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center serves as home for the Bulldogs. The fabulous eight-court facility complete with a spectacular viewing area and lobby has been serving as the home of Yale tennis since 2008.
The Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center was made possible by the generous leadership gifts from Sam Heyman '60 and the estate of the late Joseph Cullman III. The project includes a new building with four new courts that are attached to the existing four Cullman Courts. Additionally, the renovation includes team locker rooms, a team room and coaches' offices. The new spacious lobby has been named by Larry Leeds `50 in honor of his son Cary '79. The eight courts have been named to recognize great figures in Yale Tennis history.
Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity