Elis Take Charge at Connecticut State Championships
Singles and Doubles Brackets Feature All-Yale Semifinals
NEW HAVEN, C.T. – The Yale men's tennis team put on a stellar display on Saturday at the Connecticut State Championships to take complete charge of the event. The Bulldogs' dominant performance at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center allowed them to claim all four semifinalist spots in both the singles and doubles draws, guaranteeing a Yale victory in both competitions.
Yale fielded six players in the singles round of 16, including the top four seeds in the event, who all managed to live up to their billing. Senior captain and defending champion Daniel Hoffman, the No. 1 seed, cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Fahoum Fahoum of Quinnipiac. Freshman Martin Svenning, seeded No. 3, defeated Sacred Heart's Brian Power by the same score. The No. 2 and No. 4 seeds, freshman Jason Brown and sophomore Daniel Faierman, respectively, did not enjoy such straightforward wins but came through nonetheless. Brown overcame a stiff challenge from Dennis Zlobinsky of Fairfield, 7-5, 7-6, while Faierman fended off Jacob Spreyer of the University of Connecticut, 7-6, 6-3. Junior Patrick Chase also advanced to the quarterfinals by upsetting the No. 6 seed, Ian Tesmond of Fairfield, 7-5, 6-2. Senior Zachary Dean was the only Yale casualty of the round, as he lost 6-2, 6-1 to the No. 7 seed, Sebastien Barbero of Quinnipiac.
Yale began to take charge of the tournament with a sweep in the quarterfinals that saw Bulldogs claim all four semifinal spots. The top four seeds all posted wins to advance to the penultimate round. Faierman had by the far the most difficult match of the four, as he was thoroughly challenged by his own teammate, Chase. Faierman was ultimately able to edge Chase in a final set tiebreaker to complete the 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(7) win. In the semifinals, Hoffman will take on Svenning, while Brown will play Faierman.
The doubles quarterfinal round offered a very similar story, as Yale's teams also claimed all four semifinal spots. The Bulldogs' top senior duo of Hoffman and Marc Powers earned its place in the final four with a comprehensive 8-3 win over Zlobinsky and Ofir Solomon of Fairfield. Chase and senior John Huang defeated the University of Connecticut team of Wayne Harrell and Wei Lin by the same score. The all-freshman pairing of Brown and Svenning and the all-sophomore tandem of Faierman and Zachary Krumholz also advanced to the semifinals. Faierman and Krumholz defeated their own teammates, Dean and junior Tommy Ratchford, in a close encounter, 8-6.
Yale's veteran teams controlled the semifinals, as Hoffman and Powers fought off a game challenge from Brown and Svenning to win 8-4, while Chase and Huang out-played Faierman and Krumholz to advance to the final round. These two experienced teams will play for the doubles title, with Huang looking to claim the victory for the second year in a row.
The all-Yale singles semifinals and final of the Connecticut State Championships will take place Sunday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, as will the all-Yale doubles final.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
Singles – Round of 16
(1) Daniel Hoffman (Yale) def. Fahoum Fahoum (Quinnipiac), 6-2, 6-1
(2) Jason Brown (Yale) def. Dennis Zlobinsky (Fairfield), 7-5, 7-6
(3) Martin Svenning (Yale) def. Brian Power (Sacred Heart), 6-2, 6-1
(4) Daniel Faierman (Yale) def. Jacob Spreyer (UConn), 7-6, 6-3
Patrick Chase (Yale) def. (6) Ian Tesmond (Fairfield), 7-5, 6-2
(7) Sebastien Barbero (Quinnipiac) def. Zachary Dean (Yale), 6-2, 6-1
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Hoffman (Yale) def. Erik Kremheller (Fairfield), 6-4, 6-0
(2) Brown (Yale) def. Barbero (Quinnipiac), 6-2, 6-1
(3) Svenning (Yale) def. Ofir Solomon (Fairfield), 6-3, 6-1
(4) Faierman (Yale) def. Chase (Yale), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(7)
Doubles – Quarterfinals
Brown/Svenning (Yale) def. Ryan Carr/Spreyer (UConn), 8-4
Chase/John Huang (Yale) def. Wayne Harrell/Wei Lin (UConn), 8-3
Faierman/Zachary Krumholz (Yale) def. Dean/Tommy Ratchford (Yale), 8-6
Hoffman/Marc Powers (Yale) def. Solomon/Zlobinsky (Fairfield), 8-3
Doubles – Semifinals
Chase/Huang (Yale) def. Faierman/Krumholz (Yale), 8-3
Hoffman/Powers (Yale) def. Brown/Svenning (Yale), 8-4
Krumholz (Yale) def. Mark Hosang (UConn), 6-1, 6-1
Krumholz (Yale) def. Carr (UConn), 6-4, 6-3
Lin (UConn) def. Ratchford (Yale), 6-2, 6-3
Singles and doubles draws updated through Saturday can be found here.