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Trip to Golden State Includes Three Matches

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

Bulldogs Visit No. 29 Santa Clara, No. 10 Stanford and San Francisco

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With a three-match winning streak from the Yale Round Robin at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center last weekend, the Yale men's tennis team now heads west for Spring Break. The Bulldogs play three matches on the Left Coast, starting Thursday with a visit to No. 29 Santa Clara. Yale also plays at No. 10 Stanford on Saturday and at San Francisco on Monday.

The trip will be a homecoming of sorts for five Bulldogs who call California home: senior captain Erik Blumenkranz (Portola Valley), sophomore Patrick Chase (Portola Valley), freshman Daniel Faierman (Del Mar), junior Daniel Hoffman (Atherton) and junior John Huang (Irvine).

Yale (7-3) won all three matches at the Round Robin by the same score, 6-1. The Bulldogs beat Fairleigh Dickinson, Marist and Stony Brook. The Bulldogs went 8-1 overall in doubles, with the only loss coming at the No. 1 doubles spot against Marist. Hoffman and Marc Powers combined to go 2-0 at No. 1. They are 6-1 in the spring and 15-4 overall.

Four Bulldogs went 3-0 in singles, three winning in straight sets. That group was led by Huang, who had a pair of straight-set wins at No. 2 and another at No. 3. He is now 7-2 overall.

Hoffman also won in straight sets three times, twice at No. 3 and once at No. 2, to improve to 8-2 overall. Sophomore Kyle Dawson and senior Joel Samaha rounded out the 3-0 group. Dawson has gone 4-0 since Feb. 17.

Powers is ranked No. 78 in the country in singles, and is 5-1 at the No. 1 spot for the Bulldogs.  

Stanford (9-4) features the No. 23 singles player in the country in Ryan Thacher, who is 7-3 overall this spring and won the 2011 USTA/ITA Division I Northwest Regional Championships in the fall. Thacher has also won eight straight matches at No. 1 doubles with Bradley Klahn. They are ranked No. 9 in the country.

Santa Clara (10-3) is 5-1 at home, losing only to No. 36 Arkansas (4-3). The Broncos have just one ranked singles player, No. 106 Kyle Dandan, but he is on a three-match winning streak at the No. 1 spot. They have cracked the ITA top 30 for the first time in school history with their No. 29 ranking, and have beaten each of their last three opponents 7-0.

San Francisco (2-7) just snapped a seven-match losing streak with a 4-3 win over UC-Davis. Thai Tu is ranked No. 110 and is 3-0 in singles this season.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity