NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team (8-7) has had its share of ups and downs this season, but none as important as its next step: Ivy competition. The Bulldogs begin their Ivy season this Friday, hosting No. 61 Penn at 2p.m. followed by No. 58 Princeton at 2p.m. on Saturday at the Cullman – Heyman Tennis Center. Last year, Yale finished second in the Ivy League behind Columbia, who has won the title for two consecutive years.
Yale has defeated Army, Middle Tennessee, Fairleigh Dickinson, Stony Brook, Quinnipiac, Binghamton, Old Dominion and Sacred Heart this season. Notable individual successes are sophomore Daniel Hoffman's current nine-match winning streak at singles, and junior Erik Blumenkranz's eight-match winning streak at doubles.
Other players to watch are sophomore Marc Powers, an unanimous first team All-Ivy selection, Ivy Player of the Year, and the unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year last season. Sophomore John Huang also was named a first team All-Ivy singles selection.
The Penn Quakers (10-2, 0-1 Ivy) have already begun their Ivy season, falling 4-3 to Princeton last weekend. Penn boasted an eight-match winning streak to start off its spring season. Meanwhile, the Princeton Tigers (8-6, 1-0 Ivy) will travel to Brown on Friday before their match against Yale the next day.
Report by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity