Round Robin Begins with 6-1 Win Over FDU

Joel Samaha. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Joel Samaha. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team returned home to Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center Saturday and snapped a three-match losing streak with a 6-1 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in the opening match. Play continues Saturday afternoon with Yale hosting Marist, a match that will be completed Sunday morning.

Yale (5-3) swept the doubles matches against FDU (2-5), including an 8-5 win at No. 1 for the team of juniors Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers. They are now 5-1 in the spring, 14-4 overall.

All five of Yale's singles wins over FDU came in straight sets, including a 6-4, 6-2 win for Powers at No. 1. He is now 4-0 in singles this season, though it had been nearly a month since his last win -- he had an unfinished match in the first round at the ECAC Indoor Championship match two weeks ago and did not play singles in the two matches after that. Junior John Huang, back at his customary No. 2 spot, delivered a 7-5, 6-2 win. He is now 4-0 at No. 2.

An update will be posted after the conclusion of the match vs. Marist.



Position  Yale University  Fairleigh Dickinson University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #78 Marc Powers  Ibrahim Shams  Yale University  6-4, 6-2
 #2 Singles  John Huang  Arvis Berzins  Yale University  7-5, 6-2
 #3 Singles  Daniel Hoffman  Yuri Gricheno  Yale University  6-1, 6-0
 #4 Singles  Erik Blumenkranz  Mark Hemy  Fairleigh Dickinson University  6-4,4-6, 1-0(6)
 #5 Singles  Kyle Dawson  Dominic Hemy  Yale University  6-2, 6-1
 #6 Singles  Joel Samaha  Peter Skvarka  Yale University  6-4, 6-2
 #1 Doubles  Daniel Hoffman
 Marc Powers
 Ibrahim Shams
 Marco Jemersic
 Yale University  8-5
 #2 Doubles  Erik Blumenkranz
 Joel Samaha
 Dominic Hemy
 Yuri Gricheno
 Yale University  8-4
 #3 Doubles  John Huang
 Patrick Chase
 Mark Hemy
 Peter Skvarka
 Yale University  8-5