Four Bulldogs Advance at USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships
Brown Mounts Comeback to Extend Winning Streak
NEW HAVEN, C.T. – The Yale men's tennis team enjoyed a strong start on Friday to the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional tournament for the Northeast division. The Elis' unseeded players displayed impressive form in their opening round matches on their home courts, collectively winning all but one match on the first day of main draw action at the event.
Once again, the day's excitement for the Bulldogs largely revolved around freshman Jason Brown, whose singles winning streak was in danger after he dropped the first set of his opening round singles match to Josh Friedman of Boston University, 7-5. Brown, however, proved why he has not yet lost a match in his college career by staging a hard-fought comeback to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 and extend his streak to 12 matches. Freshman Martin Svenning also advanced, albeit with a far more comfortable victory over Cornell's Kyle Berman, 6-1, 6-2. Sophomore Daniel Faierman was the only singles casualty of the day, as he fell to Marist's Lorenzo Rossi, 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles, senior Zachary Dean and sophomore Matt Saiontz surged to a straightforward win over Farleigh Dickinson's team of Yuri Gricheno and Peter Skvarka, 8-3. Dean and Saiontz have now won all three matches they have played together this season.
Saturday is sure to have some high-quality tennis in store, as the seeded players in both draws will be playing their opening round matches at Yale's home courts.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
Singles and doubles draws updated through Friday can be found here.