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Columbia Edges Yale 3-2 on Final Day of ECAC Indoor Championship

Erik Blumenkranz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Erik Blumenkranz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity

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