March 20, 2009

No. 60 Utah Defeats Yale 5-2

March 20, 2009

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Yale dropped to 9-5 on the season after losing to No. 60 Utah 5-2 Thursday in San Diego, Calif. The Bulldogs finished their California road trip with a 4-2 record.

Playing its third straight match without No. 1 singles player senior Jeff Dawson, Yale was forced to move every singles player up one spot. At the No. 3 singles spot, sophomore Calvin Bennett defeated Benito Suriano 6-1, 6-4. Freshman Joel Samaha rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 win over John Taylor at No. 4 singles.

The Bulldogs also won a doubles match at No. 3 doubles. Samaha and senior Josh Lederman won 8-4 over Stephen Jacobs and Benito Suriano.

Complete Results
Singles competition
1. Wes Hancock (UT) def. Michael Caldwell (YALE) 6-4, 6-2
2. Phillip Eilers (UT) def. Connor Dawson (YALE) 6-2, 6-2
3. Calvin Bennett (YALE) def. Benito Suriano (UT) 6-1, 6-4
4. Joel Samaha (YALE) def. John Taylor (UT) 6-3, 6-1
5. Jason Smits (UT) def. Erik Blumenkranz (YALE) 6-3, 6-2
6. Timmy Allin (UT) def. Josh Lederman (YALE) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Wes Hancock/Phillip Eilers (UT) def. Michael Caldwell/Calvin Bennett (YALE) 8-5
2. Timmy Allin/John Taylor (UT) def. Connor Dawson/Erik Blumenkranz (YALE) 8-6
3. Joel Samaha/Josh Lederman (YALE) def. Stephen Jacobs/Benito Suriano (UT) 8-4

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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