Bulldogs Win Third in a Row
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior Jordan Abergel's three-set win at No. 6 singles gave the Yale men's tennis team a thrilling 4-3 victory over three-time reigning America East champion Binghamton Saturday afternoon at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. With all other singles matches finishing in two sets, Abergel and Binghamton's Ruben Devos were the last two on the courts. After dropping the first set 6-3, Abergel won the last two to clinch the win for the Bulldogs. Devos rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the third to tie the set at five, but Abergel won the last two games.
Yale (6-5, 0-0 Ivy League) started off with a win in doubles, as the No. 1 team of sophomore Marc Powers and junior Joel Samaha and the No. 2 team of junior Erik Blumenkranz and sophomore Daniel Hoffman both won 8-5. Blumenkranz has now won seven straight matches in doubles play. The Bearcats were able to take the No. 3 doubles match, but by then the Bulldogs already had the point clinched.
Binghamton (2-9, 0-0 America East) won the top two singles matches and also got a win at No. 4. But Blumenkranz delivered a quick 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 5, and Hoffman's 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 helped set the stage for Abergel's dramatic victory. Hoffman has now won eight in a row in singles play, including seven in straight sets.
The win represents a turnaround from the match between these same two teams a month earlier, when Binghamton took a 4-3 win at the ECAC Indoor Team Championship. The Bearcats' other win this season also came against an Ivy League foe, 4-3 over No. 60 Princeton.
Yale has won six of its last seven matches at Cullman-Heyman, and the Bulldogs' perfect weekend also included a 6-1 win over Quinnipiac on Friday. They now head south for spring break, as they will participate in the "Battle at the Beach" in Wilmington, N.C. Yale plays at UNC-Wilmington on Wednesday.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity
|Position||Yale University||Binghamton University||Winner||Score|
|#1 Singles||Marc Powers||#79 Sven Vloedgraven||Binghamton University||6-3, 6-3|
|#2 Singles||John Huang||Arnav Jain||Binghamton University||6-3, 6-2|
|#3 Singles||Daniel Hoffman||Alexandre Haggai||Yale University||6-4, 6-2|
|#4 Singles||Joel Samaha||Gilbert Wong||Binghamton University||6-3, 6-4|
|#5 Singles||Erik Blumenkranz||Bastian Bornkessel||Yale University||6-1, 6-1|
|#6 Singles||Jordan Abergel||Ruben Devos||Yale University||3-6, 6-4, 7-5|
|#1 Doubles|| Marc Powers
| Sven Vloedgraven
|#2 Doubles|| Erik Blumenkranz
| Gilbert Wong
|#3 Doubles|| Calvin Bennett
| Ruben Haggai