October 21, 2006

Bulldogs Continue Play In Philadelphia

Oct. 21, 2006

PHILADELPHIA, PA. - Yale continued its play at the ITA Regional Championships on Saturday, as the Bulldogs played five singles matches and one doubles match. Brandon Wai and Michael Caldwell both won to advance to the Round of 32 in singles.

Wai easily handled George Washington's No. 1 player, Mustafa Gencsoy, beating him 6-4, 6-4. Caldwell also had to face a tough opponent, UMBC's Ifran Shamasdin, and defeated him in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.

Though Yale was unable to send any more players through, all three remaining players put up good fights in their Saturday singles matches against tough opponents. Jeff Dawson lost a close 6-4, 6-4 match to Cornell's No. 1, Josh Raff, and Connor Dawson drew Dan Hanegby of Brown, the tournament's No. 6 seed, for his match. Connor gave him a run in a close second set, but ultimately fell, 6-2, 7-5.

Matt Schimmel faced off against the tournament's No. 3 seed, Jason Pinsky of Penn, and lost 6-2, 6-1. Cary Leeds Head Coach Alex Dorato, however, was pleased with the performances of the freshmen Schimmel and Connor Dawson.

"That was probably the best match [Matt] has played all year," he said. "The level of play was definitely a notch up from where he's been."

He continued, "Neither freshman was intimidated by playing a higher seed. Both stepped up their game."

The Bulldogs played one doubles match today as well, with Wai and Rory Green falling to Michael James and Adam Slagter of Penn State, 8-3.

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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