Yale Falls 4-3 to No. 58 Princeton

Daniel Hoffman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Daniel Hoffman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After opening its Ivy Season with a 5-2 win over No. 61 Penn on Friday, the Bulldogs came up just short against the No. 58 Princeton Tigers. Princeton managed to slide past the Bulldogs with a 4-3 victory, dropping Yale to 9-8 overall (1-1 Ivy).

Princeton (10-6, 3-0 Ivy) has had a strong start to its Ivy Season thus far, beating all three Ivy competitors that it has contested. Princeton has defeated Penn, Brown, and Yale by a 4-3 margin thus far.

Yale’s doubles teams continued to play well; Yale won all three doubles matches as it did against Penn on Friday. Notably, juniors Erik Blumenkranz and Joel Samaha now boast a four-match winning streak at No. 2 doubles. These victories moved Yale to an early advantage over Princeton.

However, Yale only captured two of the singles matches: sophomore Daniel Hoffman won his match at No. 2 singles in three sets, while classmate John Huang won his match at No. 3 singles in two. Hoffman’s win continues his 11-match winning streak of the spring season, tying his previous record. However, Hoffman’s victory came after Princeton had already clinched the win.

These results mirror the Bulldogs’ performance last season, in which they defeated Penn and fell to Princeton during opening weekend. Last year, the Bulldogs went on to finish in second place in the Ivy League, tying with Cornell and Princeton. The Bulldogs lost to only Princeton and Harvard within the Ivy League. Columbia finished in first place.

The Bulldogs will be on the road next weekend. They will play Columbia on Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by a long trip north to Ithaca to take on Cornell at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Report by Courtney Kaplan ’13, Yale Sports Publicity




 Princeton University  Yale University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  Matija Pecotic  Marc Powers  Princeton University  6-1, 6-2
 #2 Singles  Matt Spindler  Daniel Hoffman  Yale University  3-6, 6-4, 6-1
 #3 Singles  Augie Bloom  John Huang  Yale University  6-3, 6-2
 #4 Singles  Matt Siow  Erik Blumenkranz  Princeton University  7-5, 5-7, 6-0
 #5 Singles  Dan Richardson  Joel Samaha  Princeton University  6-4, 3-6, 6-2
 #6 Singles  Alex Faust  Jordan Abergel  Princeton University  6-2, 7-6
 #1 Doubles  Matija Pecotic
 Matt Siow
 Daniel Hoffman
 Marc Powers
 Yale University  8-6
 #2 Doubles  Dan Davies
 Yohei Shoji
 Erik Blumenkranz
 Joel Samaha
 Yale University  8-7
 #3 Doubles  Matt Spindler
 Michael Lin
 Calvin Bennett
 John Huang
 Yale University  8-4