Trio of Connecticut Rivals Set to Challenge Elis

John Huang. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
John Huang. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Busy Weekend Features Matches Against Fairfield, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Having faced Brown in a friendly warm-up scrimmage this past Monday, the Yale men's tennis team is ready to dive into official match play this weekend.  Perhaps as a harbinger of the physically demanding Ivy League stretch in April, this first weekend of competition promises to be a supreme test of fitness for the Elis, who take on three teams in two days, at home.  On Saturday at 12:00 p.m., Yale will play local rival Quinnipiac.  Sunday features a double-header: the Bulldogs will face off against Fairfield at 12:00 p.m., and will then have to recover quickly to play Sacred Heart at approximately 3:30 p.m.  All three matches will take place at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. 

Senior captain Daniel Hoffman and classmate Marc Powers head into these first three matches of the season ranked No. 19 in the country as a doubles tandem.  A strong performance by these veteran teammates will bode well for Yale's success in the matches this weekend and in the weeks to come.  To win the doubles point in any given match requires two out of three doubles wins, however, so Hoffman and Powers can only hope to provide a strong foundation for their team when Yale challenges its Connecticut rivals on Saturday and Sunday.  To their advantage, the Bulldogs boast an extremely strong No. 2 doubles team, consisting of junior Patrick Chase and senior John Huang.   

Hoffman, Huang and Powers will all bring an abundance of experience and skill to three of the top six singles spots.  Aiding these seasoned players in securing singles wins both this weekend and in future matches will be junior Kyle Dawson and sophomores Zachary Krumholz and Daniel Faierman.  Two extremely talented freshmen, Jason Brown and Martin Svenning, will both look to add a new dimension to the Elis' deep line-up.  Brown in particular is riding a wave of confidence stemming from his incredible fall season, in which he amassed a 17-1 record and emerged victorious over his own teammates at the Connecticut State Championships.  Senior Zachary Dean, junior Tommy Ratchford and sophomore Matt Saiontz round out the Yale players who will be ready, able and willing to contribute to the Bulldogs' singles and doubles efforts.      

Yale has had excellent results when coming up against in-state competition in the past.  In addition to their overwhelming performance at last fall's Connecticut State Championships, in which Fairfield, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart all took part, the Elis charged to 7-0 wins over both Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart last season.  The Bulldogs are primed to continue their success against these schools, but will be sure to heed the physical challenges inherent in playing three matches in a span of two days.   

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity