Elis Start Season with Sweep of Local Rivals

Tommy Ratchford. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tommy Ratchford. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After nearly three months without any official matches, the Yale men's tennis team returned to the courts on Sunday with a busy schedule. The Bulldogs started their spring season with two matches in one day, as local rivals Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac paid visits to the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. The extra workload was no trouble for the Elis, as they swept both of their opponents 7-0.

Yale (2-0) started the day with an emphatic win over Sacred Heart (0-1), taking all three doubles matches and then sweeping every singles match in straight sets. Freshman Zachary Krumholz delivered the best performance of all, as he did not drop a game en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4. Juniors John Huang at No. 1 and Zachary Dean at No. 5 both won 6-0, 6-1.

Against Quinnipiac (0-1) later in the day it was more of the same, as each Yale doubles team won and every singles match was over in two sets. Three singles players finished their matches vs. the Bobcats without dropping a game -- No. 70-ranked junior Marc Powers at No. 1, No. 108-ranked junior Daniel Hoffman at No. 3 and Dean at No. 6.

Alex Dorato, Yale's Cary Leeds Coach of Men's Tennis, utilized his team's depth in the pair of victories. Eight different players played singles matches, with Dean, Hoffman, Huang and Krumholz all going 2-0. Senior captain Erik Blumenkranz played only doubles, coming away with identical 8-3 wins each time -- at No. 1 (with senior Joel Samaha) vs. Sacred Heart and at No. 2 (with sophomore Patrick Chase) vs. Quinnipiac. Chase and sophomore Tommy Ratchford also were part of a pair of doubles wins, teaming together for an 8-7 win at No. 2 against Sacred Heart before Ratchford teamed with Huang for an 8-3 win at No. 3 vs. Quinnipiac.

All told, nine different players saw action in doubles, including an all-freshman pair of Daniel Faierman and Matt Saiontz (who won 8-2 at No. 3 vs. Sacred Heart).

Yale plays at William & Mary and Old Dominion next weekend.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity



Position  Yale University  Sacred Heart University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  John Huang  Chad Sullo  Yale University  6-0, 6-1
 #2 Singles  #108 Daniel Hoffman  Jacob Miller  Yale University  6-0, 6-2
 #3 Singles  Joel Samaha  Logan Mohring  Yale University  6-1, 6-1
 #4 Singles  Zach Krumholz  Justin Pagan  Yale University  6-0, 6-0
 #5 Singles  Zach Dean  John Lopresti  Yale University  6-0, 6-1
 #6 Singles  Daniel Faierman  Luka Bagi  Yale University  6-0, 6-3
 #1 Doubles  Erik Blumenkranz
 Joel Samaha
 Chad Sullo
 Justin Pagan
 Yale University  8-3
 #2 Doubles  Patrick Chase
 Tommy Ratchford
 Logan Mohring
 Luka Bagi
 Yale University  8-7
 #3 Doubles  Daniel Faierman
 Matt Saiontz
 Jacob Miller
 John Lopresti
 Yale University  8-2


Position  Yale University  Quinnipiac University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #70 Marc Powers  Andrew Weeden  Yale University  6-0, 6-0
 #2 Singles  John Huang  James Kwei  Yale University  6-3, 6-2
 #3 Singles  #108 Daniel Hoffman  Corey Morgenstern  Yale University  6-0, 6-0
 #4 Singles  Zach Krumholz  Eric Ambrosio  Yale University  6-2, 6-4
 #5 Singles  Matt Saiontz  J.C. Petrini  Yale University  6-0, 6-4
 #6 Singles  Zach Dean  Alex Lazerowich  Yale University  6-0, 6-0
 #1 Doubles  Daniel Hoffman
 Marc Powers
 James Kwei
 Alex Lazerowich
 Yale University  8-4
 #2 Doubles  Erik Blumenkranz
 Patrick Chase
 Andrew Weeden
 Eric Ambrosio
 Yale University  8-3
 #3 Doubles  John Huang
 Tommy Ratchford
 Chris Nelson
 J.C. Petrini
 Yale University  8-3