January 31, 2005

Brandon Wai Wins Columbia Classic

Jan. 31, 2005

Brandon Wai defeated Columbia's Akshay Rao 6-3, 6-2 in the A flight finals of the Columbia Winter Classic, held in the Dick Savitt Tennis Center, to earn the tournament victory in the top ladder.

Wai never dropped a set on his way to victory. In the Round of 16, he defeated Leo Rodriguez of Marist 6-1, 6-1 before downing St. John's Louis Desmarteaux 6-2, 6-3. After winning against Columbia's Rajeev Emany by a 6-1, 6-4 score, he met Rao in the finals and earned the 6-3, 6-2 win.

Also competing in the A flight singles were Yale's Ryan Murphy and Milosz Gudzowski. Murphy fell 7-6(3), 6-3 in his match against St. John's David Nylen, while Gudzowski won his first round match against Manhattan's Diego Alvarado, 6-3, 6-4 before falling to Columbia's Emany in a 6-0, 6-3 match.

In the B flight, Johnny Lu and Rory Green made it to the semifinals. Lu advanced before being defeated by Columbia's Jared Drucker, 6-1, 7-6(2). Prior to that match, Lu bested St. John's Claudio Halim 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 before defeating Manhattan's David Alvarado 6-0, 4-6, 6-1. Green defeated Columbia's Ilya Shatashvili in the Round of 16 by a 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 score and then went on to defeat Marist's Ray Josephs, 6-4, 6-1, before being dispatched by Columbia's Marty Moore by a 6-1, 6-1 score.

In doubles action, Murphy and Wai made it to the tournament finals, where they were defeated 8-4 by the Ray/Robbin duo from Columbia. Wai and Murphy had defeated Marist's Boletta/Josephs 8-3 and St. John's Halim/Desmarteaux 8-3 as well as Columbia's Moore/Moore by an 8-6 score to advance to the finals.

The Bulldogs resume action on February 4 when they host North Carolina State in New Haven.

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