February 2, 2008

Bulldogs Drop 9-0 Decision To Princeton

Feb. 2, 2008

PRINCETON, N.J. - Yale suffered its first Ivy League loss of the season on Saturday, falling to the No. 2 Princeton Tigers in New Jersey, 9-0. The blemish was Yale's second overall, after losing to No. 1 Trinity last Wednesday.

Hopes that the Tigers would tire quickly after Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the No. 1 Bantams in Hartford were promptly dashed, as Princeton swept the even-numbered matches to race out to a quick 4-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs jumped out to early 1-0 leads in three matches, but simply couldn't build enough momentum to stay with the nation's No. 2 team. No. 5 Francis Johnson played a valiant first two games in his match with the country's fourth-ranked player, Hesham El Halaby. Johnson took the first game 10-9, with El Halaby bouncing back for a close 10-8 win in the second. The younger brother of former CSA individual champion Yasser El Halaby followed with 9-2 and 9-5 wins in the third and fourth games, respectively.

No. 1 Max Samuel competed with the nation's current No. 1 player, Mauricio Sanchez, for two games before retiring due to injury.

The Elis will try to bounce back next Saturday, when they head to Providence to take on Brown.

Results:
No. 1 Mauricio Sanchez (P) def. Max Samuel (Y), 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, ret.)
No. 2 Kimlee Wong (P) def. John Fulham (Y), 3-0 (9-4, 9-4, 9-2)
No. 3 David Letourneau (P) def. Aaron Fuchs (Y), 3-1 (5-9, 9-1, 9-1, 9-6)
No. 4 David Canner (P) def. Ho Ming Chiu (Y), 3-0 (9-6, 9-3, 9-0)
No. 5 Hesham El Halaby (P) def. Francis Johnson (Y), 3-1 (9-10, 10-8, 9-2, 9-5)
No. 6 Santiago Imberton (P) def. Todd Ruth (Y), 3-0 (9-2, 9-2, 9-1)
No. 7 Tom McKay (P) def. Moshe Sarfaty (Y), 3-0 (9-0, 9-5, 9-0)
No. 8 Peter Sopher (P) def. Colin Campbell (Y), 3-1 (9-3, 9-3, 5-9, 9-5)
No. 9 Philip Sopher (P) def. Naishadh Lalwani, 3-1 (6-9, 9-7, 9-1, 9-6)

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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