March 8, 2012

Upset Bid at No. 29 Santa Clara Falls Short, 4-3

Bulldogs Take Doubles Point and Two of Top Three Singles Spots

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara men's tennis team just reached an all-time high in the ITA rankings at No. 29 earlier this week, but the Yale Bulldogs nearly shortened that celebration Thursday afternoon at Degheri Tennis Center. After taking the doubles point 2-1, Yale pushed the Broncos to the limit with two wins in the top three singles spots, but ultimately Santa Clara avoided the upset with a 4-3 win.

Yale (7-4) saw its three-match winning streak come to an end, but did win the doubles point for the fourth time in a row and eighth time in 11 spring matches. That also marked the first time in four matches that Santa Clara had surrendered a point.

An 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles by juniors Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers, combined with a 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles by junior John Huang and sophomore Patrick Chase, gave Yale a 1-0 lead. Hoffman and Powers are now 7-1 in the spring and 16-4 overall. Huang and Chase have won five straight matches together.

Hoffman and Huang then came through with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Huang's 6-2, 6-0 win snapped a five-match winning streak for Nicolas Vinel. At No. 2, the Broncos' John Lamble had a six-match winning streak and grabbed the first set against Hoffman, but had to retire down 3-0 in the second set.

Santa Clara (11-3) won at the other four singles spots in straight sets to earn the 4-3 victory. The Broncos improved to 6-1 at home.

Yale's swing through California continues with a match at No. 10 Stanford on Saturday.

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

 

Position  Santa Clara University  Yale University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #106 Kyle Dandan  #78 Marc Powers  Santa Clara University  7-5, 6-1
 #2 Singles  John Lamble  Daniel Hoffman  Yale University  6-7, 3-0 ret.
 #3 Singles  Nicolas Vinel  John Huang  Yale University  6-2, 6-0
 #4 Singles  Tom Pham  Erik Blumenkranz  Santa Clara University  6-3, 6-4
 #5 Singles  Ilya Osintsev  Kyle Dawson  Santa Clara University  6-1, 6-2
 #6 Singles  Eugene Muchynski  Joel Samaha  Santa Clara University  6-2, 6-1
 #1 Doubles  Ilya Osintsev
 John Lamble
 Daniel Hoffman
 Marc Powers
 Yale University  8-5
 #2 Doubles  Kyle Dandan
 Tom Pham
 Erik Blumenkranz
 Joel Samaha
 Santa Clara University  8-5
 #3 Doubles  Keith Kamono
 Nicolas Vinel
 John Huang
 Patrick Chase
 Yale University  9-7

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