Brown Headlines Singles Effort, Two Doubles Teams Make Finals
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale men's tennis team once again displayed its singles and doubles talent on Saturday at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational. Freshman Jason Brown led the Elis in singles play by making the final of his draw, while five other Bulldogs enjoyed singles victories. In a near replication of Friday's doubles success, the Bulldogs won all but two doubles matches.
The story of the day for Yale was Brown, a freshman making his college tennis debut. He made the final of the Jadwin singles draw in dominant fashion by defeating Dan Davies of Princeton 6-0, 6-4 in the semifinals. He will play Columbia's Eric Rubin in the final Sunday.
Junior Kyle Dawson, who was the other Yale player in the semifinals of a singles main draw, was unable to overcome Penn's Blaine Willenborg after losing a very close first set, and was knocked out of the Lenz Draw, 7-6(4), 6-1. Senior Zachary Dean, who was also still alive in main draw singles at the end of Friday's play, lost his quarterfinal match against Florin Radu of Princeton, 7-5, 6-3. Dean, however, was one of five Bulldogs who defeated a Farleigh Dickinson player in a draw created for players who had lost in their second main draw singles match. Dean rolled in his match against Markus Sjoberg, winning 6-2, 6-0. Sophomore Matt Saiontz overcame Peter Svarka in two tight sets, 7-6(3), 6-4, while his classmate, Daniel Faierman, beat Julien Philippe 6-4, 6-0. Brown's fellow freshman, Martin Svenning, breezed past Dom Devaux-Lovell 6-0, 6-1. Finally, senior captain Daniel Hoffman beat Ibrahim Shams 6-4, 6-1.
Meanwhile, junior Patrick Chase lost his semifinal match in the Pagoda consolation draw to Georgetown's Shane Korber, but only after succumbing in a marathon second set. The final score was 6-2, 7-6(11). Chase, however, along with senior John Huang, had a terrific day in doubles. Playing in the 'A' doubles draw, the duo first defeated Buffalo's Damien Daniel and Ivan Vereschanga in the quarterfinals by a score of 8-1, and then followed up with a thrilling 9-8(3) semifinal upset victory over Princeton's No. 1 seeded team of Matt Siow and Matt Spindler. This Princeton tandem has a national preseason ranking of No. 36. Chase and Huang will challenge the team of Zack McCourt and Matija Pecotic, also of Princeton, in the final on Sunday. Elsewhere in the 'A' doubles draw, the all-senior team of Hoffman and Marc Powers was forced to withdraw before its quarterfinal match due to the injury that Powers sustained playing singles on Friday.
Yale doubles teams in the 'B' draw had mixed results. The tandem of Brown and Svenning, making its first college tennis appearance, dropped a close affair to Binghamton's Ruben Haggai and Robin Lesage, 9-7. The all-sophomore team of Faierman and Saiontz won its quarterfinal match against Penn's Vim de Alwis and Rob Wong, 8-6, but ultimately lost in the semifinals in yet another tight match to Columbia's pairing of Kyle Berman and Quoc-Daniel Nguyen, 9-7.
The strong Yale doubles effort was rounded out by the 'C' draw pairing of Dawson and Dean, who won two tense affairs to make the final. The Bulldogs first defeated Spencer Clark and Brett Cromwell of Cornell, 8-6, and then came through in their semifinal match against St. John's MJ Every and Valentin Mihai by a final score of 9-7. Dawson and Dean will take on Boston College's team of Kyle Childree and Matt Wagner in the final.
Sunday will be the final day of competition at Princeton's Lenz Tennis Center. Play will once again start at 9 a.m., with several Elis still very much in the mix. Brown will play in his final, while Dean, Faierman, Hoffman, Saiontz and Svenning will all be in action in the second-round loser singles consolation bracket. In doubles, the teams of Chase and Huang and Dawson and Dean will be looking to come out as the champions of their respective doubles draws.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity