No. 72 Bulldogs Down Princeton in Ivy Opener, 4-3

No. 72 Bulldogs Down Princeton in Ivy Opener, 4-3

April 3, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 72 nationally-ranked Yale men's tennis team split six singles matches with Princeton on Friday afternoon in New Haven, but the Bulldogs swept three doubles matches to earn the deciding point and claim victory in their 2009 Ivy League opener by a score of 4-3. With the win, Yale improves to 11-5 on the season and 1-0 in league play. Princeton, which had its four match winning streak snapped, falls to 9-7 overall and evens its Ivy League mark at 1-1.

No.2 singles player Connor Dawson (7-6, 6-4) and No. 5 singles player Joel Samaha (7-6, 6-4) both won their matches in straight sets, while Calvin Bennett, playing in the No. 4 singles position dropped the first set of his match 4-6 before storming back to win the second and third sets, 7-5 and 6-4.

Connor Dawson and Michael Caldwell, the Bulldogs' No. 1 doubles pair, won their match, 8-6. Bennett and Samaha cruised to an 8-0 victory in the No. 2 doubles slot, and Erik Blumenkranz and Josh Lederman took the No. 3 doubles match by a score of 8-6.

The Bulldogs, nationally ranked for the second consecutive week, will host Penn tomorrow in an Ivy League showdown beginning at 2 p.m.

Complete Results

1. Peter Capkovic (P) d. Jeff Dawson, 6-4, 6-3
2. Connor Dawson (Y) d. Alex Vuckovic, 7-6, 6-2
3. Ryan Kim (P) d. Michael Caldwell, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
4. Calvin Bennett (Y) d. George Carpeni, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
5. Joel Samaha (Y) d. Alex Faust, 7-6, 6-4
6. Charlie Brosens (P) d. Erik Blumenkranz, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1

1. Cadwell / C. Dawson (Y) d. Capkovic / Vuckovic, 8-6
2. Bennett / Samaha (Y) d. Kim / Ilya Trubov, 8-0
3. Blumenkranz / Josh Lederman (Y) d. Carpeni / Yohei Shoji, 8-6

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity