March 7, 2012

Trip to Golden State Includes Three Matches

Bulldogs Visit No. 29 Santa Clara, No. 10 Stanford and San Francisco

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With a three-match winning streak from the Yale Round Robin at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center last weekend, the Yale men's tennis team now heads west for Spring Break. The Bulldogs play three matches on the Left Coast, starting Thursday with a visit to No. 29 Santa Clara. Yale also plays at No. 10 Stanford on Saturday and at San Francisco on Monday.

The trip will be a homecoming of sorts for five Bulldogs who call California home: senior captain Erik Blumenkranz (Portola Valley), sophomore Patrick Chase (Portola Valley), freshman Daniel Faierman (Del Mar), junior Daniel Hoffman (Atherton) and junior John Huang (Irvine).

Yale (7-3) won all three matches at the Round Robin by the same score, 6-1. The Bulldogs beat Fairleigh Dickinson, Marist and Stony Brook. The Bulldogs went 8-1 overall in doubles, with the only loss coming at the No. 1 doubles spot against Marist. Hoffman and Marc Powers combined to go 2-0 at No. 1. They are 6-1 in the spring and 15-4 overall.

Four Bulldogs went 3-0 in singles, three winning in straight sets. That group was led by Huang, who had a pair of straight-set wins at No. 2 and another at No. 3. He is now 7-2 overall.

Hoffman also won in straight sets three times, twice at No. 3 and once at No. 2, to improve to 8-2 overall. Sophomore Kyle Dawson and senior Joel Samaha rounded out the 3-0 group. Dawson has gone 4-0 since Feb. 17.

Powers is ranked No. 78 in the country in singles, and is 5-1 at the No. 1 spot for the Bulldogs.  

Stanford (9-4) features the No. 23 singles player in the country in Ryan Thacher, who is 7-3 overall this spring and won the 2011 USTA/ITA Division I Northwest Regional Championships in the fall. Thacher has also won eight straight matches at No. 1 doubles with Bradley Klahn. They are ranked No. 9 in the country.

Santa Clara (10-3) is 5-1 at home, losing only to No. 36 Arkansas (4-3). The Broncos have just one ranked singles player, No. 106 Kyle Dandan, but he is on a three-match winning streak at the No. 1 spot. They have cracked the ITA top 30 for the first time in school history with their No. 29 ranking, and have beaten each of their last three opponents 7-0.

San Francisco (2-7) just snapped a seven-match losing streak with a 4-3 win over UC-Davis. Thai Tu is ranked No. 110 and is 3-0 in singles this season.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity