Yale Defeats George Washington to Record 5th Place Finish at ECAC Championship

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Marc Powers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Huang, Krumholz, Powers and Svenning All Post Wins

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Yale men's tennis team ended its weekend at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Indoor Team Championship on a high note with a sweep of No. 7 seed George Washington on Sunday.  The 4-0 victory gave eighth-seeded Yale a respectable fifth-place finish as the winner of the ECAC consolation bracket at Cornell's Reis Tennis Center.

Yale (6-2) completes its weekend in Ithaca, N.Y., with a 2-1 record, having upset No. 61 Brown on Saturday after succumbing to No. 47 Harvard on Friday, the first day of competition.  This year's winning record at the ECAC Championship is an improvement on last season's 0-3 finish, which bodes well for the remainder of the season and for the Ivy League stretch in April.

Sunday's match followed a slightly different format from the norm, with the six singles matches taking place first.  The Elis showed they were in no mood to take part in a protracted affair by promptly winning the requisite four matches to record the sweep.  At No. 1 singles, senior John Huang set the tone with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Francisco Dias.  Senior Marc Powers faced the staunchest challenge of the day against Nikita Fomin, falling behind a set before roaring back to seal the 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 triumph.  Powers' win makes him the only Bulldog to achieve a perfect 3-0 record in singles on the weekend.  Freshman Martin Svenning contributed a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alexander van Gils at the No. 4 spot, while sophomore Zachary Krumholz eased past Viktor Svensson at No. 6 singles by the same score.

George Washington (3-3) settles for sixth place and will travel to Georgia this upcoming weekend to face No. 53 South Alabama on Saturday and No. 60 Georgia State on Sunday.

No. 5 seed Brown, meanwhile, defeated No. 59 Dartmouth, the No. 6 seed, 4-1 to take a seventh place finish.  The championship match between No. 42 Columbia and No. 73 Cornell was scheduled to take place later on Sunday, as was the third-place match between Harvard and No. 64 Princeton.

The Elis will have a weekend off before returning to the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center on Mar. 2 and Mar. 3 for matches against Farleigh Dickinson, Marist and Stony Brook.  The Bulldogs have won all three matches they have played at home so far this season.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity 

Singles

1. John Huang (Yale) def. Francisco Dias (GW), 6-4, 6-2

2. Marc Powers (Yale) def. Nikita Fomin (GW), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

3. Daniel Hoffman (Yale) vs. Danil Zelenkov (GW), (DNF)

4. Martin Svenning (Yale) def. Alexander van Gils (GW), 6-3, 6-2

5. Zachary Dean (Yale) vs. Ulrik Thomsen (GW), (DNF)

6. Zachary Krumholz (Yale) def. Viktor Svensson (GW), 6-3, 6-2

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