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Decisive Sweep of St. Bonaventure for Yale at Army Tourney

Erik Blumenkranz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Erik Blumenkranz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Win Every Set in Singles, Sweep Doubles Too

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team opened play at the Army Tournament Saturday afternoon outdoors at the Malek Tennis Center with a decisive 7-0 sweep of St. Bonaventure. The Bulldogs swept doubles and won every singles match in straight sets.

Yale's No. 1 doubles team, juniors Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers, set the tone for the day with an 8-0 win. That duo is now 9-2.

Wins at No. 2 (8-2 from senior captain Erik Blumenkranz and classmate Joel Samaha) and No. 3 (8-3 from sophomore Patrick Chase and junior John Huang) finished off the sweep as the Bulldogs won doubles for the sixth time in their last seven matches. Chase and Huang have been key in that stretch, winning five of their last six matches.

Yale (9-5) was particularly dominant at the top three singles spots, where Powers, Huang and Hoffman dropped just five games total. Hoffman ran his winning streak to seven in a row with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Elliot Fanshel. Huang has now won six of seven, while Powers, ranked No. 92 in the country, snapped a four-match losing streak to improve to 6-4.

Blumenkranz had two of the closest sets of the day but still prevailed 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4, and sophomore Kyle Dawson won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5. Freshman Zachary Krumholz won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 to improve to 7-1.

In other action on Saturday at the tournament, Army fell to Binghamton 4-3 but clinched a win over St. Bonaventure with a 4-2 victory in singles. The doubles point will be played Sunday.

On Sunday, Yale finishes its match with Binghamton in doubles at 9 a.m., then plays a dual match vs. Army at 2 p.m.  All matches are scheduled to take place indoors at Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity

Position  Yale University  St. Bonaventure University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #92 Marc Powers  Oscar Yanez  Yale University  6-1, 6-2
 #2 Singles  John Huang  Luis Guevara  Yale University  6-1, 6-1
 #3 Singles  Daniel Hoffman  Elliot Fanshel  Yale University  6-0, 6-0
 #4 Singles  Erik Blumenkranz  Miguel Suarez  Yale University  6-4, 6-3
 #5 Singles  Kyle Dawson  Javier Ortiz  Yale University  6-3, 6-3
 #6 Singles  Zach Krumholz  Trevor Haskell  Yale University  6-1, 6-1
 #1 Doubles  Daniel Hoffman
 Marc Powers
 Luis Guevara
 Oscar Yanez
 Yale University  8-0
 #2 Doubles  Erik Blumenkranz
 Joel Samaha
 Elliot Fanshel
 Javier Ortiz
 Yale University  8-2
 #3 Doubles  John Huang
 Patrick Chase
 Miguel Suarez
 Trevor Haskell
 Yale University  8-3