January 27, 2011

No. 73 Yale to Kick Off Season Against Boston College, Purdue

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coming off an successful fall season, the No. 73 Yale men's tennis team is set to resume competition after a three-month hiatus from formal matches. The Bulldogs will host the Boston College Eagles at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center at Yale at 2p.m, and Purdue at 10a.m. on Sunday.

The Bulldogs finished the 2009-10 season with a 16-8 overall record and a 5-2 Ivy League record, and finished second in the Ivy League. They were the only Ivy League team to defeat No. 45 Columbia, last year's league champions. Given the depth and skill of the team that returns five of the six starting players from last year, the Bulldogs will certainly be a team to watch this season.

The Yale team boasts an impressive roster, including sophomore Marc Powers, who was awarded the Northeast Region ITA Rookie Player of the Year Honors, the Ivy League Player of the Year and first team All-Ivy. Sophomore John Huang was also awarded First Team All Ivy recognition, with a 26-11 overall record, a 17-6 spring record, and a 6-1 Ivy League record at No. 2 singles. Junior Erik Blumenkranz and sophomore Joel Samaha were named second team All-Ivy doubles, and posted a 4-2 Ivy League record at No. 1 doubles. Senior captain Calvin Bennett, who hails from Sandy, Utah, will lead the Bulldogs.

In August, Powers became the first Bulldog to get a spot in Pilot Pen's main draw. Powers, along with Nolan Paige, a 16-year old from the nearby Hopkins school, wowed fans by playing a close match against professional doubles team Wesley Moode and Dick Norman, ranked No. 7 in the world.

Powers and classmate Daniel Hoffman also impressed early on in the season by winning the doubles draw at the 2010 USTA Men's Tennis Invitational in September. Hoffman went on to win the singles A draw as well, while Blumenkranz handily captured the singles B draw.

Powers and Hoffman reached the semifinals at the 2010 USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals held at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center at Yale in October. Senior Jordan Abergel and Samaha also faced each other in the semifinals of the 2010 Connecticut State Championships in October. Abergel went on to play the finals, and came up just short against Sacred Heart's Karill Kasyanov in a close three-set match.

Report issued by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity

 

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