Trio of Opponents for Yale at West Point

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Marc Powers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Play Army, Binghamton and St. Bonaventure

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a weekend off following a three-match swing through California, the Yale men's tennis team returns to the courts this weekend at Army, playing the Golden Knights along with Binghamton and St. Bonaventure.

Saturday's schedule depends on the weather. If the matches are played outside, Yale will play St. Bonaventure (doubles, then singles) at 11 a.m. and then play singles vs. Binghamton at 3 p.m.  If the matches are forced indoors, Yale plays St. Bonaventure at 1 p.m. and Binghamton (singles) at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, matches are indoors. Yale plays Binghamton in doubles at 9 a.m., then plays a dual match vs. Army at 2 p.m.

Yale (8-5) has just three more non-league matches before Ivy League play starts. The Bulldogs are 5-0 at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center and 3-5 on the road.

The Bulldogs have won the doubles point in five of their last six matches, losing it only at No. 9 Stanford. At No. 1 doubles, juniors Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers are 8-2 and coming off an 8-3 win in Yale's 5-2 victory over San Francisco. At No. 2, senior captain Erik Blumenkranz and classmate Joel Samaha are 4-4 and coming off an 8-5 win. At No. 3, sophomore Patrick Chase and junior John Huang have won four of their last five matches together. They posted their most decisive win of the season (8-2) last time out.

Yale's No. 1 singles player, Powers, was No. 92 in the most recent national rankings. He started the season 5-0 but now stands at 5-4. Hoffman, who has a six-match winning streak, has gone 5-1 at the No. 2 spot and 6-1 at the No. 3 spot. Huang has won five of his last six matches, including two wins at No. 2 and three at No. 3. Blumenkranz is coming off a straight-set win at the No. 4 spot, and freshman Zachary Krumholz had a pair of wins at No. 6 on the California trip. He is 6-1 overall. Sophomore Kyle Dawson had a string of four straight wins at No. 4/5 snapped out west.

Army (9-7) has won five of its last seven matches. The Black Knights are 0-2 against Ivy League teams, having lost to both Columbia and Dartmouth 7-0. The No. 1 doubles team of Asika Isoh and Henry Jang-Milsten has won six matches in a row and 12 overall.

Binghamton (5-9), which has won four straight America East championships, has already lost to a pair of Ivy League teams by 7-0 scores (Brown and Dartmouth). The Bearcats are coming off a pair of 4-3 losses to ranked opponents, No. 33 NC State and No. 39 UNC-Wilmington. Ruben Haggai, who posted a pair of singles wins in those matches at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, was just named America East Player of the Week. His brother Alexandre has played at No. 1 for most of the season, and was a first team All-America East selection in singles and doubles last year.

St. Bonaventure (1-8) has surrendered six or seven points in all but two of its matches this season. The Bonnies advanced to the Atlantic-10 tournament quarterfinals last season. They have not played an Ivy League opponent since Mar. 14, 2010, when they lost 5-2 at Cornell.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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