No. 73 Yale to Open Season at ITA Division I Men’s Kick-Off Weekend

Marc Powers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Marc Powers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

No. 73 Yale will open its season this weekend at the ITA Division I Men’s Kick-off Weekend in Los Angeles, Calif.  The Bulldogs will kick off the weekend on Saturday against No. 70 Radford.  If Yale wins this match, it will likely have the chance to face the No. 1 team in the country, host-school USC. 

The Bulldogs will be the No. 3 seed in the USC-hosted bracket.  No. 70 Radford will be the No. 2 seed.  Defending National Champion USC will be the No. 1 seed.  No. 49 Vanderbilt will be the No. 4 seed. 

I am excited about our upcoming weekend,” said Alex Dorato, the Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men’s Tennis.  “This year's team is good enough to win an Ivy Championship, and this weekend will be a great test to see where we are and what we need to work on over the next couple of months. To win the Ivy League we need to beat teams like Radford.  If we do beat Radford we'll most likely have the extraordinary opportunity to play the No. 1 team in the country USC.”  

2010 Schedule

Yale’s 2010 schedule includes matches against five teams that were ranked in the presesason ITA National Rankings.  The Bulldogs will play No. 56 Radford, No. 61 Furman, No. 50 Columbia, and No. 63 Harvard.  In addition, Yale will either play defending national champion No. 1 USC or No. 55 Vanderbilt. 

Seven Returning Players

Yale returns seven players from a team that finished 4-3 in the Ivy League last season.  Senior captain Connor Dawson, junior Calvin Bennett, sophomore Joel Samaha, and sophomore Erik Blumenkranz all were major contributors to a Bulldogs team that went 14-8 overall. 

Three New Additions

The Bulldogs add three players who will not only be major contributors right away, but also should be stars for Yale.  Freshmen Marc Powers and John Huang are blue chip recruits that come to Yale along with freshman Daniel Hoffman as part of the Bulldogs’ No. 4 recruiting class.  Powers, Huang, and Hoffman all had great fall seasons for Yale. 

2009 ITA National Indoor Championships

Yale played host to the 2009 ITA National Indoor Championships from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.  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 featured a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field. 

The draws were 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. 

As host of the tournament, the Bulldogs received two singles bids and one doubles bid.   Freshmen Marc Powers and John Huang played singles for Yale in the tournament, and the doubles team of Samaha and Bennett represented the Bulldogs in the doubles field. 

The Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center

The Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center serves as home for the Bulldogs.  The fabulous eight-court facility complete with a spectacular viewing area and lobby has been serving as the home of Yale tennis since 2008. 

The Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center was made possible by the generous leadership gifts from Sam Heyman '60 and the estate of the late Joseph Cullman III. The project includes a new building with four new courts that are attached to the existing four Cullman Courts. Additionally, the renovation includes team locker rooms, a team room and coaches' offices. The new spacious lobby has been named by Larry Leeds `50 in honor of his son Cary '79. The eight courts have been named to recognize great figures in Yale Tennis history.


Report Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity