Year in Review: No. 73 Bulldogs Finish Season 16-8

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Connor Dawson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 73 Bulldogs finished their 2010 season with a 16-8 record and a 5-2 record in the Ivy League to finish second in the Ivy standings. 

Yale handed No. 45 Columbia its only Ivy League loss of the season and also had a win over No. 70 Radford earlier in the season.  The Bulldogs faced a tough schedule that included No. 1 Southern California. 

Alex Dorato, the Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis, said Yale overcame several obstacles to have a successful season. 

“I was pleased with the team's run for the title this year, especially considering that in February we finished last of the Ivy's at the ECAC Championships and then we had two key players with health issues throughout the Ivy season,” Dorato said.  “The team played with a lot of heart and confidence.”

Dorato said he expects big things for the team next season as he hopes they will build on this season's success. 

“This will serve us well next year as five of the starting six players will be returning and we have some strong recruits coming in,” Dorato said.  “If we stay healthy next year, we will be contenders for the title.”

Individually, Yale players excelled during the season as well.  No one in the entire Ivy League excelled as much as freshman Marc Powers.  Powers became the first player to be named Ivy League Player of the Year and Ivy League Rookie of the Year in the same year. 

After posting a 29-10 record for the year, Powers was a unanimous first team All-Ivy singles selection and the unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year.  The freshman went 18-5 in the spring season with a 7-0 Ivy League record at the No. 1 singles spot to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors.  His stellar play also earned him Northeast Region ITA Rookie Player of the Year Honors. 

In the fall, Powers advanced to the ITA Northeast Regional Finals and participated in the ITA National Indoor Championships at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.  Fellow freshman John Huang also participated in the ITA National Indoor Championships.  Huang joined Powers as a first team All-Ivy singles selection.  Huang's freshman year campaign included a 26-11 overall record, a 17-6 spring record, and a 6-1 Ivy League record at No. 2 singles. 

The doubles team of sophomore Erik Blumenkranz and sophomore Joel Samaha was named second team All-Ivy doubles after posting a 4-2 Ivy League record from the No. 1 doubles slot. 

The play of Yale's All-Ivy performers was a huge reason for the team's success.  The Bulldogs finished the season with a 16-8 overall record and a 5-2 Ivy League record to finish second in the Ivy League. 

Yale overcame injuries en route to the successful finish.  Senior captain Connor Dawson battled wrist and shoulder injuries much of the season but managed to compete throughout the Ivy League season. 

Calvin Bennett, a rising senior from Sandy, Utah, will succeed Dawson as captain next year.

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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