March 17, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Bulldogs have started to find their stride. All it took was a trip across the country to California. Even without No. 1 player senior Jeff Dawson, Yale improved to 9-3 with a 5-2 victory over Nevada Monday in San Diego, Calif. The victory was Yale's fourth straight.
Yale swept all three doubles matches in the victory. At No. 1 doubles, senior Michael Caldwell and junior Connor Dawson defeated Guerin Smith and Wessim Derbel 8-5. Playing No. 2 doubles, sophomore Calvin Bennett and freshman Joel Samaha rolled to an 8-3 win over Augustin Myard and Benjamin David. Freshman Erik Blumenkranz and senior Josh Lederman won 8-5 over Alex Daruty and Kirstian Kuharszky at the No. 3 doubles slot.
Due to the absence of Jeff Dawson, each Yale player moved up one singles slot. Connor Dawson battled to a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win over Alex Daruty at No. 2 singles. Playing No. 3 singles, Bennett cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Benjamin David. Samaha rolled to a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles over Augustin Myard. At the No. 5 singles spot, Blumenkranz won 6-2, 6-4 over Kristian Kuharszky.
Yale is back in action Tuesday against No. 69 Pacific in San Diego, Calif.
1. Wessim Derbel (N) def. Michael Caldwell (Y), 6-0, 6-2
2. Connor Dawson (Y) def. Alex Daruty (N), 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
3. Calvin Bennett (Y) def. Benjamin David (N), 6-2, 6-2
4. Joel Samaha (Y) def. Augustin Myard (N), 6-3, 6-4
5. Erik Blumenkranz (Y) def. Kristian Kuharszky (N), 6-2, 6-4
6. Gabe Kanzelmeyer (N) def. Tom Santoro (Y), 6-2, 6-4
Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity