NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 73 Yale Bulldogs bounced back from two tough 4-3 losses earlier in the season, and won their first match of the spring season this Sunday. Yale handily defeated Army by a 6-1 score at the Cullman-Heyman tennis center.
The Bulldogs swept five of six singles matches, and captured the doubles point as well to secure their victory over Army.
Sophomore Marc Powers lost a tough match at No. 1 singles (7-6, 6-4) to Army's Asika Isoh. At No. 2 singles, sophomore John Huang defeated Black Knight Tripp Johnson in two sets (6-4, 6-3). Classmate Daniel Hoffman won in similar fashion at No. 3 singles, dropping only three games to Army's Henry Jang Milsten, while Junior Erik Blumenkranz defeated Alex Holland at No. 4 singles by the same margin. Junior Joel Samaha beat Army's Rashad Shelton (6-4, 6-4) at the No. 5 spot. Senior Jordan Abergel captured the final singles point for the Bulldogs against Army's Andrew Clark (6-2, 6-0) at No. 6.
Yale also secured the doubles point through wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. At No. 1 doubles, Hoffman and Powers defeated Shelton and Johnson 9-8, while Samaha and Huang won a quick 8-3 match at No. 2.
The Bulldogs next match will also be held at Yale's Cullman-Heyman facility on Saturday against Middle Tennessee (6p.m.).