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Yale Falls To Princeton 8-1 In Semifinals Of CSA Team Championships

Yale Falls To Princeton 8-1 In Semifinals Of CSA Team Championships

Feb. 18, 2006

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Bulldogs lost to Princeton 8-1 in the semifinals of the CSA Team Championships today in Princeton, N.J. Francis Johnson picked up the only win for the Elis, defeating Michael Gilman 3-0 in the No. 8 slot.

"We really played defensively," Head Coach Dave Talbott said. "They just had a lot of momentum. We were ready to play - they just outplayed us."

In the highly anticipated meeting between Yasser El Halaby and Julian Illingworth, currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 by the CSA, respectively, El Halaby won 3-1. It was a difficult afternoon for the Bulldogs, who, despite several close games, could not duplicate their impressive win against the Tigers two weeks ago.

"[Princeton] was shooting the lights out of the ball," Talbott said. "They just hit a lot of winners."

The Bulldogs will take on Harvard tomorrow at 3 p.m. The winner of the match will attain the No. 3 ranking in the nation. The Trinity Bantams beat the Crimson 6-3 in the other semifinal today, and will take on the Tigers tomorrow at noon for the National Championship.

Yale returns to action at home on Wed., Feb. 22, also against Harvard. Although the Elis have already clinched a share of the Ivy League title, a win on Wednesday would give them their first outright league championship since the 1989-'90 season.

Editor's note: Sunday's match against Harvard was postponed to Wed., Feb. 22.

No. 1 Yasser El Halaby (P) def. Julian Illingworth (Y), 3-1
No. 2 Mauricio Sanchez (P) def. Nick Chirls (Y), 3-0
No. 3 Kimlee Wong (P) def. Ho Ming Chiu (Y), 3-0
No. 4 Hesham El Halaby (P) def. Moshe Sarfaty (Y), 3-0
No. 5 Vincent Yu (P) def. Joseph Samuel (Y), 3-1
No. 6 Nate Beck (P) def. Avner Geva (Y), 3-1
No. 7 Dent Wilkins (P) def. Andrew Vinci (Y), 3-1
No. 8 Francis Johnson (Y) def. Michael Gilman (P), 3-0
No. 9 Tom McKay (P) def. Trevor Rees (Y), 3-0

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity