No. 63 UNC-Wilmington Beats Yale

John Huang. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
John Huang. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Three-Match Winning Streak Ends

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Yale dropped the opening match of its trip to North Carolina on Wednesday, falling to No. 63 UNC-Wilmington 7-0 as part of the "Battle at the Beach". The loss snaps the Bulldogs' three-match winning streak.

UNC-Wilmington (11-2, 0-0 CAA) had a six-match winning streak entering the day and had outscored its opponents 32-4 in that stretch. The Seahawks kept that momentum going Wednesday by sweeping doubles, winning the doubles point for the seventh match in a row. Senior captain Calvin Bennett and junior Erik Blumenkranz came the closest to a win for Yale, falling 8-6 at No. 3.

UNC-W went up 2-0 with a win at No. 5 in which Kosta Blank did not drop a game. At. No. 1, UNC-W's Michael Pereira ran his winning streak to nine with a straight-set win over sophomore Marc Powers. A straight-set win by Rafael Aita at No. 4 clinched the victory, and UNC-W wins at No. 2 and No. 6 followed. Sophomore John Huang won the first set at No. 3 but dropped the next two to finish off the match.

Yale (6-6, 0-0 Ivy League) remains in North Carolina and will play Old Dominion in a neutral site match as part of the "Battle at the Beach" on Friday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity


Position  UNC Wilmington  Yale University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  Michael Pereira  Marc Powers  UNC Wilmington  6-2 6-0
 #2 Singles  Kinshuk Sharma  Daniel Hoffman  UNC Wilmington  6-3 6-2
 #3 Singles  Chris Cooprider  John Huang  UNC Wilmington  3-6 6-1 6-2
 #4 Singles  Rafael Aita  Erik Blumenkranz  UNC Wilmington  6-3 6-3
 #5 Singles  Kosta Blank  Joel Samaha  UNC Wilmington  6-0 6-0
 #6 Singles  Illia Ziamtsou  Jordan Abergel  UNC Wilmington  6-4 6-4
 #1 Doubles  Kinshuk Sharma
 Chris Cooprider
 Daniel Hoffman
 Marc Powers
 UNC Wilmington  8-1
 #2 Doubles  Kosta Blank
 Illia Ziamtsou
 Joel Samaha
 John Huang
 UNC Wilmington  8-5
 #3 Doubles  Michael Pereira
 Pedrol Mol
 Calvin Bennett
 Erik Blumenkranz
 UNC Wilmington  8-6