Yale’s Seeds Excel at USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships
Huang and Powers Reach Singles Round of 16, Brown's Win Streak Ends
NEW HAVEN, C.T. – On the second day of main draw action at the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional tournament, the Yale men's tennis team saw two of its singles players and two of its doubles teams reach the Round of 16. Overall, Saturday was a productive outing for Yale at its home courts, as the squad won nine out of its 13 matches and the majority of its matches against Ivy League opponents.
Senior John Huang, seeded No. 3 in the singles main draw, led the charge for the Bulldogs, enjoying two relatively comfortable victories over two Ancient Eight opponents. He first defeated Princeton's Jonathan Carcione 6-3, 6-3, and then followed up with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Bert Vancura of Columbia. Huang is now on a five-match winning streak, as is his classmate, Marc Powers, who also powered his way into the Round of 16 on Saturday. Powers, the No. 7 seed, first overcame Army's Asika Isoh 7-6, 6-0, and then secured a hard-fought win over Fordham's Emilio Mora, 7-5, 6-4. Senior captain and No. 14 seed Daniel Hoffman defeated Brown's Brandon Burke 6-4, 7-5 in his opening match, but was unable to join his teammates in the Round of 16, falling to Kuba Kowalski of Fordham, 6-2, 6-4.
Also competing in the Round of 64 was freshman Jason Brown, who suffered the first defeat of his college career in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Penn's Nikola Kocovic. Brown's loss ends an impressive twelve-match winning streak that included main draw wins at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational and the USTA Collegiate Invitational, as well as an undefeated showing at the Yale Shootout. Brown's classmate, Martin Svenning, also lost in the Round of 64, succumbing to Will Spector of Brown, 6-0, 6-3.
In singles consolation matches, junior Patrick Chase and sophomore Daniel Faierman both posted victories over players from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Chase defeated Andres Albans 7-6, 6-3, while Faierman cruised past Erik Artursson, 6-2, 6-1.
The Bulldogs' seeds in the doubles draw also advanced to the Round of 16. Hoffman and Powers, seeded No. 3 as a team, fought off a challenge from Columbia's duo of Winston Lin and Vancura, 8-5. The No. 6 seeded team of Chase and Huang secured an 8-4 win for the Elis over Marist's tandem of Lorenzo Rossi and Joris Van Eck. Yale's team of Zachary Dean and Matt Saiontz suffered its first defeat this season in an 8-4 loss to Brown's pairing of Soufiane Azargui and Burke.
The USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships will continue on Sunday at Yale's home courts, with plenty of exceptional talent sure to be on display. The Round of 16 doubles matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., while singles main draw and consolation matches are scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
Singles – Round of 64
(3) John Huang (Yale) def. Jonathan Carcione (Princeton), 6-3, 6-3
(7) Marc Powers (Yale) def. Asika Isoh (Army), 7-6, 6-0
(13) Will Spector (Brown) def. Martin Svenning (Yale), 6-0, 6-3
(14) Daniel Hoffman (Yale) def. Brandon Burke (Brown), 6-4, 7-5
(17-32) Nikola Kocovic (Penn) def. Jason Brown (Yale), 6-4, 6-3
Singles – Round of 32
(3) Huang (Yale) def. Bert Vancura (Columbia), 6-3, 6-4
(7) Powers (Yale) def. Emilio Mora (Fordham), 7-5, 6-4
(17-32) Kuba Kowalski (Fordham) def. (14) Hoffman (Yale), 6-2, 6-4
Patrick Chase (Yale) def. Andres Albans (NJIT), 7-6, 6-3
Daniel Faierman (Yale) def. Erik Artursson (NJIT), 6-2, 6-1
Doubles – Round of 32
(3) Hoffman/Powers (Yale) def. Winston Lin/Vancura (Columbia), 8-5
(4) Soufiane Azargui/Burke (Brown) def. Zachary Dean/Matt Saiontz (Yale), 8-4
(6) Chase/Huang (Yale) def. Lorenzo Rossi/Joris Van Eck (Marist), 8-4
Singles and doubles draws updated through Saturday can be found here.