May 24, 2006
Junior Brandon Wai, Yale's Ivy League Player of the Year in men's tennis, had his 2006 season come to an abrupt end at the 2006 NCAA Championships at Palo Alto, Calif., when he lost to No. 51 Eric Molnar of Colorado in the first round, 6-3, 6-1.
Molnar, a junior All-Big 12 pick with a 17-6 overall singles record this spring, was the first Colorado player to compete at the NCAAs in 10 years.
"Molnar had one of the biggest serves I've seen out here at the tournament. It was coming at 125 or 130 (miles per hour)," said Bulldog head coach Alex Dorato from the campus of Stanford University. "Brandon played pretty well, but it was hard for him to get breaks with that serve. He (Molnar) was on, going for winners and making them every time."
Wai, ranked No. 71, went 7-0 in Ivy League singles matches at No. 1 and finished the season with 10 straight wins and a 16-3 dual match singles record on the way to 2006 ITA Northeast Player to Watch honors.
report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Assistant AD & Sports Publicity Director