Yale to Battle Army, Navy This Weekend

Feb. 19, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs (3-2) will look to bounce back from two losses last weekend at the ECAC Championships when they host Army (0-4) and Navy (8-1) this weekend.

To date, the Bulldogs have posted a 3-2 record with victories over USC Upstate, Georgetown, and Stony Brook. Yale's lone two losses came last weekend at the ECAC Championships against Brown and Boston College.

History Lesson
Last season Army took on Yale in West Point on March 2, 2008. The Bulldogs won the match 4-3. While each team won three singles matches, the Bulldogs swept all three doubles matches to win the doubles point.

Last season Navy took on Yale in Annapolis. The Bulldogs won matches at the top five singles spots as they defeated Navy 5-2. Four of those victories came in straight sets.

Scouting the Opponents
Navy has started this season with an 8-1 record. Last season, Navy earned an NCAA Tournament berth after claiming its second straight Patriot League Championship. The Midshipman met No. 9 ranked Florida and lost in the first round of the tournament. Army has started this season at 0-4 after posting a 16-8 record last season.

2009 Schedule
Yale's 2009 schedule includes a trip to the west coast during spring break. During this trip, the Bulldogs will face three ranked teams. Yale will battle No. 62 UC Santa Barbara, No. 63 UC Irvine, and No. 66 Utah. Also on their schedule, the Bulldogs will face No. 69 Furman and No. 48 Harvard.

Nine Returning Players
Nine players return from last year's squad, led by senior captain Jeff Dawson. Dawson had an impressive fall, advancing to the semifinals at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships at Cullman-Heyman. His younger brother, junior Connor Dawson, added to the family's list of accomplishments by winning the Connecticut State Championship in singles and doubles (with sophomore Calvin Bennett).

Also returning for Yale is senior Michael Caldwell. As a sophomore, Caldwell went 6-1 in Ivy League play at No. 2 singles and earned First Team All-Ivy. Last season, Caldwell split time between No. 1 and No. 2 singles and earned Second Team All-Ivy.

Sophomore Jordan Abergel, sophomore Ryan Berman, senior Josh Lederman, senior Tom Santoro, and junior Matt Schimmel are also returning this season for Yale.

Two New Additions
The Bulldogs have added freshman Joel Samaha and freshman Erik Blumenkranz to the nine returning players from last season. From Tampa, Fla., the 6'6" Samaha will be an instant contributor to the Bulldogs this spring. Blumenkranz, the Portola Valley, Calif. native, also will be play a big role in Yale's spring season this year.

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity