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Elis Head South Looking to Continue Winning Ways

Patrick Chase. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Patrick Chase. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Travel to William & Mary, Old Dominion

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After opening the season with two wins in one day at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center last Sunday, the Yale men's tennis team heads south looking to continue its winning ways this weekend. The Bulldogs play a pair of matches in Virginia, visiting William & Mary Saturday and Old Dominion Sunday.

Yale swept Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac 7-0 last Sunday.  Eight different players played singles matches, with junior Zachary Dean (Commack, N.Y.), junior Daniel Hoffman (Atherton, Calif.), junior John Huang (Irvine, Calif.) and freshman Zachary Krumholz (Palm Beach, Fla.) all going 2-0. Senior captain Erik Blumenkranz (Portola Valley, Calif.) played only doubles, coming away with identical 8-3 wins each time -- at No. 1 (with senior Joel Samaha (Tampa, Fla.)) vs. Sacred Heart and at No. 2 (with sophomore Patrick Chase (Portola Valley, Calif.)) vs. Quinnipiac. Chase and sophomore Tommy Ratchford (Atlanta, Ga.) 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 (Del Mar, Calif.) and Matt Saiontz (Miami, Fla.) (who won 8-2 at No. 3 vs. Sacred Heart).

This is Yale's first meeting with William & Mary since 2003, a 4-3 Tribe win. W&M (4-3) is playing its second straight Ivy League opponent, having fallen to Dartmouth 4-0 last weekend at the Tribe Kickoff. The Tribe's other two losses have come to ranked opponents, No. 28 Notre Dame (7-0) and No. 65 Northwestern (6-1). No. 1 singles player Anton Andersson delivered the only win in the matchup with the Wildcats, taking a three-setter vs. NU's Sidarth Balaji. Andersson, a native of Sweden, was first team All-CAA last year.

Yale beat Old Dominion 4-3 last year during the "Battle at the Beach" tournament. ODU (1-3), which plays Winthrop on Saturday, has lost to a pair of ranked opponents in No. 19 Georgia Tech (7-0) and No. 69 Georgia State (6-1). The Monarchs just picked up their first win with a 7-0 victory over Norfolk State on Wednesday. No. 1 singles player Krzysztof Muzalewski, a native of Poland, was a second team All-CAA selection in singles and a first team selection in doubles last year. He fell to Hoffman at No. 3 in last year's meeting between these two teams.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity