No. 51 Yale Looks to Remain Perfect at Home
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team returns to the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center this weekend for its final two home matches before the start of conference play in April. No. 51 Yale (11-3, 0-0 Ivy) has won all six matches it has contested at home so far this season, and will look to maintain that streak heading into Ivy League play. The Bulldogs are scheduled to take on Binghamton on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and will then face St. Bonaventure on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Yale's impressive stats at home this season bode well for its performances against Binghamton and St. Bonaventure. The Bulldogs' 6-0 undefeated record at home includes four shutout victories and two 6-1 wins. The Elis only dropped two singles matches in these six clashes, with 10 players on the roster still undefeated at home this season in singles. These players are senior captain Daniel Hoffman and classmates Zachary Dean, John Huang and Marc Powers; junior Tommy Ratchford; sophomores Daniel Faierman, Zachary Krumholz and Matt Saiontz; and freshmen Jason Brown and Martin Svenning. The Bulldogs have also won every doubles match played on their home turf this season.
Yale will look to continue these favorable trends on its home courts this upcoming weekend, and will draw confidence from its last match in North Carolina against No. 60 Old Dominion. Though the Elis dropped the doubles point in that tough encounter, they stormed back in singles play to record the 4-3 victory.
In doubles, the Bulldogs' No. 1 duo of Hoffman and Powers will take to the court ranked No. 59 in the country. The tandem of Huang and junior Patrick Chase will look to anchor the team's efforts with a strong showing. In singles, the Elis will look to maintain the kind of play that saw them rake in five singles wins against Illinois State and four pivotal singles wins against Old Dominion. The top trio of Hoffman, Huang and Powers will continue to lead the squad's charge in singles, with Dean, Krumholz and Svenning having recently interchanged spots at the No.'s 4, 5 and 6 positions. In particular, Powers, whose clutch play down the stretch clinched Yale's win over Old Dominion, has put together a fine run of form of late, having won eight of his last nine matches.
Binghamton (5-7, 0-0 America East) is 0-5 against Ivy League competition this season, though three of its five wins have been 7-0 sweeps. The Bulldogs defeated Binghamton 5-2 in the 2011-12 season. Yale also fared well against St. Bonaventure (4-7, 0-1 A-10) last season, recording a comprehensive 7-0 shutout.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity