March 15, 2010

Furman Sneaks Past Yale, 4-3

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Yale men’s tennis team swept the doubles point to open its match at Furman on Monday afternoon, but could not overcome a strong showing by the Paladins is singles play, as the home team snapped the Bulldogs’ seven-match winning streak with a 4-3 victory. No. 1 singles player Marc Powers and No. 5 Connor Dawson won their singles matches for Yale.

With the loss, the Elis fall to 9-4 in the spring season. Furman improves to 5-6 with the home win.

At No. 1 doubles, it was Joel Samaha and Erik Blumenkranz earning the win for Yale, 8-3. Powers and Calvin Bennett won, 8-4, in the No. 2 seed, and Dawson and John Huang completed the sweep of doubles action with an 8-4 win at No. 3. Powers and Dawson both won their singles matches in straight sets.

Yale is back in action tomorrow, closing out its spring trip with a 2 p.m. match at USC Upstate.

DOUBLES

  1. Samaha/Blumenkranz (Y) d. Rhyne/Motes 8-3
  2. Bennett/Powers (Y) d. Duncan/Mellow 8-4
  3. Dawson/Huang (Y) d. Chvetsov/Lundberg 8-4

SINGLES

  1. Marc Powers (Y) d. Sawyer Duncan 7-6, 6-3
  2. Chris Motes (F) d. John Huang 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
  3. Carl Lundberg (F) d. Calvin Bennett 6-3, 6-7, 6-2
  4. Andrew Mellow (F) d. Daniel Hoffman 6-3, 6-4
  5. Connor Dawson (Y) d. Andrei Chvetsov 6-3, 6-0
  6. Tyler Droll (F) d. Joel Samaha 6-3, 7-6

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity