Bulldogs Start off Strong at CT State Tournament

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Zachary Dean. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team kicked off the CT State Championships with strong results on Friday, with nine of ten Bulldogs advancing past the first day in singles. The Bulldogs posted similarly impressive results in doubles, with all four doubles teams winning all of their matches on Friday. The tournament is hosted by Yale at the Cullman-Heyman tennis facility.

Junior Daniel Hoffman pulled off a close win against University of Connecticut's Wei Lin, ending the match with a 12-10 tiebreaker. Junior Zachary Dean defeated Ryan Carr from UConn in two sets (7-5, 6-4). Freshman Matt Saiontz won two matches on Friday. First, he defeated Hart's Mike Kennelly (6-4, 6-4) his match in a close tiebreaker before facing Fairfield's Joe Michalisin. Saiontz won his second match in a 13-11 tiebreaker. Freshman Daniel Faierman won two matches on Friday as well, defeating Fairfield's Reece Breault (6-2, 7-5) before dropping only two games to Sacred Heart's Jake Miller (6-1, 6-1). Sophomore Zachary Krumholz won both of his matches in straight sets, defeating UConn's Ricardo Cardona (6-3, 6-1) and Sacred Hart's Marco Neves (6-2, 6-3). Senior Joel Samaha defeated Fairfield's Ian Tesmond 7-6, 6-4 after receiving a bye in the first round. Kyle Dawson overcame Fairfield's Erik Kremheller 7-5, 6-0 after receiving a bye in the first round as well. Sophomore Patrick Chase won his first match after Sacred Heart's Derek Crossman withdrew, and defeated UConn's Jacob Spreyer (6-2, 6-4). Finally, senior captain Erik  Blumenkranz won his match against Quinnipiac's Eric Ambrosio (6-2, 7-5).

In doubles, Samaha and Huang won their first match against Yoon/Margules from UConn by a  9-7 decision. Next, Chase and Faierman breezed by Hartford's pair of Isaacson and Neves 8-1. In the bottom half of the draw, Dean and Dawson won two matches: first defeating Fairfield's Lessing and Merinder 8-5 and then UConn's Warden/Spreyer 8-4. Blumenkranz and Saiontz won their match against Quinnipiac's Morganstern and Bailey 8-3.

Report issued by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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