Powers, Huang, Bennett, Samaha to Compete for Yale in ITA National Indoors
New Haven, Conn. – Freshman Marc Powers (Stamford, Conn.), freshman John Huang (Irvine, Calif.), junior Calvin Bennett (Sandy, Utah), and sophomore Joel Samaha (Tampa, Fla) will compete for Yale in the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center at Yale University.
Powers and Huang will compete in the 32-player singles draw, and the doubles team of Samaha and Bennett will compete in the 16-player doubles draw.
Powers is schedule to play North Carolina’s Clay Donato at 3 p.m. Thursday. Huang will take on Florida State’s Clint Bowles at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The doubles team of Bennett and Samaha will take on Tennessee’s Boris Conkic and Rhyne Williams at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The 2009 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation’s premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, is the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women.
The draws will be made up of qualifiers from Wilson / ITA Regional Championships held across the country, the ITA National Small College Championships, top performers from the ITA All-American Championships, and at-large wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee.
Powers had an excellent showing for the Bulldogs at the Wilson / ITA Northeast Regional Championships at Dartmouth University. Powers won six singles matches including five straight over seeded players before losing in three sets in the finals.
The weekend’s festivities will include more than just tennis. The weekend kicked off on Wednesday night with a dinner banquet hosted at Yale University’s Pierson Residential College. The banquet included speeches by ITA President David Benjamin and Yale Athletic Director Thomas Beckett.
On Friday, Yale will host a coaches’ workshop with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Coach Tim Mayotte. Mayotte, a former professional tennis player, won 12 professional singles titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of No. 7. Friday will also be Yale’s student day where college students with college ID’s get in for free.
Yale will host a Youth Day on Saturday that will include a free tennis clinic for kids. Donald Dell, a three-time collegiate tennis All-American at Yale University, will participate in a Silliman College Master’s Tea at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center Saturday Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. Dell, a former Davis Cup Player and Captain, was a 2009 International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee.
Report Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity