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Yale to Play Brown on Senior Day

Calvin Bennett. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Calvin Bennett. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a year of ups and downs, the Yale men's tennis team will play its final match of the season on Saturday against the Brown Bears. Weather permitting, the match will be held outdoors at Yale at 2p.m. Before the match, the Bulldogs will honor their three seniors for Senior Day: captain Calvin Bennett, Jordan Abergel, and Ryan Berman.

The Bulldogs (9-12 , 1-5 Ivy), started off the Ivy League season with a win over Penn, but have not closed out a match since then. However, four of Yale's league losses have been by a 4-3 margin, and the other defeat was 5-2 loss to No. 65 Harvard.

The Bears (15-6, 2-4 Ivy) are coming off a 4-3 upset over Harvard. After dropping the doubles point, the Bears fought back to win four singles matches, clinching the match with a win at No. 1. Brown has also defeated Columbia this season.

Honoring the Seniors

Bennett, a two-year ITA Scholar-Athlete (maintains a GPA over 3.5), was named Second Team All-Ivy in doubles his freshman year with Josh Lederman. As a freshman, Bennett led the team in singles wins with 20, mostly at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions. As a junior, Bennett posted a 16-15 singles record at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, and reached the semifinals of the Yale Invitational in singles and doubles. Bennett also qualified for the ITA National Indoor Championships in doubles with Joel Samaha. This season, despite an injury, Bennett often played doubles.

Abergel, a three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, has played No. 6 singles for the Bulldogs this year. After being unable to compete his freshman fall due to back surgery, Abergel bounced back to compete in the spring season and stand in for injured teammates. Abergel's career highlight at Yale was reaching the finals of the Connecticut State Championships in singles his senior year.

Berman, also a three-year ITA Scholar-Athlete, reached the quarterfinals of the Connecticut State Championships in the fall of his senior year. Berman's career highlight at Yale was reaching the finals of the Connecticut State Championship in doubles his junior year.

 report by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity