April 23, 2011

Yale Falls 6-1 to Brown

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team (9-13, 1-6 Ivy) lost 6-1 to the Brown Bears (16-6, 3-4 Ivy) in its last match of the season on Saturday. Sophomore Marc Powers delivered the sole point for the Bulldogs at No. 1, with a straight-set win against Brown freshman Sam Fife (6-3, 7-6).

Due to poor weather, the match was played indoors at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. Before the match, the team honored its three seniors, captain Calvin Bennett, Jordan Abergel, and Ryan Berman, for Senior Day. The team will also host a banquet for the seniors on Saturday evening.

With the results of Saturday's matches, Cornell wins the Ivy title outright with an undefeated season.

Yale's season was marked by many close matches, including four 4-3 losses within the league. Furthermore, many players achieved individual successes. Powers finishes the season with a four-match winning streak. Sophomore John Huang played both No. 1 and No. 2 singles for the Bulldogs and went 4-3 in the league. Sophomore Daniel Hoffman lost only four matches in the spring season, went 6-1 in the league, and had a winning streak of seven matches earlier in the spring at No. 3. Juniors Erik Blumenkranz and Joel Samaha also had a seven-match winning streak at No. 2 doubles.

Yale's Seniors

Bennett, a two-year ITA Scholar-Athlete (maintains a GPA over 3.5), was named Second Team All-Ivy in doubles his freshman year with Josh Lederman. As a freshman, Bennett led the team in singles wins with 20, mostly at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions. As a junior, Bennett posted a 16-15 singles record at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, and reached the semifinals of the Yale Invitational in singles and doubles. Bennett also qualified for the ITA National Indoor Championships in doubles with Joel Samaha. This season, despite an injury, Bennett often played doubles.

Abergel, a three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, has played No. 6 singles for the Bulldogs this year. After being unable to compete his freshman fall due to back surgery, Abergel bounced back to compete in the spring season and stand in for injured teammates. Abergel's career highlight at Yale was reaching the finals of the Connecticut State Championships in singles his senior year.

Berman, also a three-year ITA Scholar-Athlete, reached the quarterfinals of the Connecticut State Championships in the fall of his senior year. Berman's career highlight at Yale was reaching the finals of the Connecticut State Championship in doubles his junior year.

Report by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity

 
 

 Position

 Yale University

 Brown University

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 Marc Powers

 Sam Fife

 Yale University

 6-3, 7-6

 #2 Singles

 John Huang

 Mike Hill

 Brown University

 6-4, 7-6

 #3 Singles

 Daniel Hoffman

 Brandon Burke

 Brown University

 5-7, 6-3, 6-0

 #4 Singles

 Erik Blumenkranz

 Kendrick Au

 Brown University

 6-4, 6-4

 #5 Singles

 Joel Samaha

 Soufian Azargui

 Brown University

 6-0, 6-1

 #6 Singles

 Jordan Abergel

 Tom Deighton

 Brown University

 6-3, 6-2

 #1 Doubles

 Daniel Hoffman

 Marc Powers

 Soufian Azargui

 Brandon Burke

 Brown University

 8-3

 #2 Doubles

 Erik Blumenkranz

 Joel Samaha

 Kendrick Au

 Tom Deighton

 Brown University

 8-5

 #3 Doubles

 Calvin Bennett

 John Huang

 Charlie Posner

 Sam Fife

 Brown University

 8-6

 

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