Blumenkranz, Dawson Win in Singles
HANOVER, N.H. – The final day of competition for the Yale men's tennis team at the ECAC Indoor Championship saw the Bulldogs come up just short of victory in the 7th/8th place match vs. Columbia. Straight-set wins in singles by senior captain Erik Blumenkranz and sophomore Kyle Dawson put the Bulldogs just one point away from victory in the match's 4/1 format (four singles matches, then one doubles match). But Columbia won the top two singles spots in three sets, then won the doubles point 8-4 to hand Yale a 3-2 loss.
The tournament gave Yale a chance to take on three Ivy League competitors, and the Bulldogs came close in each match. In the opening round 4-1 loss to No. 60 Harvard Friday, the Crimson won the doubles point thanks to two narrow victories (9-8 and 8-6) and the top two singles matches were tied 1-1 when the match ended. In Saturday's 4-1 loss to No. 70 Princeton the Bulldogs played singles without junior Marc Powers at No. 1, and once again two of the singles matches that went unfinished were tied 1-1.
Powers was also out of the singles lineup Sunday, so junior John Huang again played at No. 1. After splitting a pair of 7-6 sets with Columbia's Winston Lin, Huang fell 6-4 in the third. Junior Daniel Hoffman, who had delivered a pair of singles wins in Yale's first two matches of the tournament, forced a third set against Columbia's Nathaniel Gery with a 7-5 win in the second set. But Gery won the third, 6-4.
Blumenkranz, who played at No. 3 for the first time in his career Saturday, delivered a 6-1, 6-1 win at that position Sunday against Columbia's Bert Vancura. Dawson, playing singles in a dual match for just the fifth time in his Yale career, came through with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Columbia's Rajeev Deb-Sen at No. 4.
But Columbia (5-2) claimed the victory by winning the lone doubles match, as Powers and senior Joel Samaha fell 8-4.
Yale (4-3) now has a weekend off before hosting the Yale Round Robin at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center Mar. 3 and 4.
No. 7 Columbia University def. No. 8 Yale University: 3-2
No. 1 Lin, Columbia def. No. 1 Huang, Yale: 6-7, 7-6, 6-4
No. 2 Gery, Columbia No. 2 Hoffman, Yale: 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
No. 3 Blumenkranz def. No. 3 Vancura, Columbia: 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 Dawson, Yale def. No. 4 Deb Sen, Columbia: 6-2, 7-5
No. 1 Schnur/Narayana, Columbia def. No. 1 Powers/Samaha, Yale 8-4