Yale’s Seniors Advance at USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships
Huang and Powers Reach Singles Quarterfinals; Hoffman and Powers Reach Doubles Semifinals
NEW HAVEN, C.T. – After three days of main draw action at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center for the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional tournament, the Yale men's tennis team is the only squad to have two of its players still alive in singles. Yale, using its home court advantage to great effect on Sunday, also features its top pair in the doubles semifinal round.
Senior John Huang lived up to his No. 3 seeding by ousting Fordham's Srikar Alla in two tight sets, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals. Senior Marc Powers, seeded No. 7, followed suit by securing an important 6-2, 6-3 victory over an Ivy League opponent, Andy Nguyen of Harvard. Both Huang and Powers are now on six-match winning streaks. Huang and Powers join players from five other Ancient Eight schools in the quarterfinals of USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals, as well as No. 4 seed Vasko Mladenov of St. John's, who is ranked No. 38 in the nation. Yale is the only school in the competition to field two players in the singles quarterfinals.
Two rounds of doubles were played Sunday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. The four teams that reached the semifinals hail from four different Ivy League schools. Yale's top pairing of Powers and senior captain Daniel Hoffman, ranked No. 54 in the country and seeded No. 3, powered its way into the semifinals with two hard-fought victories over Ivy League opponents. In their round of 16 match, Hoffman and Powers scored an 8-5 win over Columbia's team of Dragos Dima and Venkat Iyer. The Bulldogs' talented senior duo then overcame Harvard's pairing of Nicky Hu and Andy Nguyen 8-6 in a tightly contested affair. Yale's No. 6 seeded team of Huang and junior Patrick Chase managed to advance to the quarterfinals with an 8-3 victory over St. John's team of Mike Lampa and Valentin Mihai, but was unable to reach the semifinals, falling to Columbia's No. 2 seeded team of Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur, 8-1.
In singles consolation matches, Chase and sophomore Daniel Faierman both posted straightforward victories. Chase cruised past Mons Kadutson of Stony Brook 6-3, 6-1, while Faierman defeated Spencer Clark of Cornell, 6-4, 6-2.
The USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships will continue on Monday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, with several exciting and competitive matches in store. The doubles semifinal matches will start at 9 a.m., with singles quarterfinal matches to begin soon thereafter, at approximately 10 a.m. The singles semifinal round is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
Singles – Round of 16
(3) John Huang (Yale) def. Srikar Alla (Fordham), 6-4, 6-4
(7) Marc Powers (Yale) def. (17-32) Andy Nguyen (Harvard), 6-2, 6-3
Patrick Chase (Yale) def. Mons Kadutson (Stony Brook), 6-3, 6-1
Daniel Faierman (Yale) def. Spencer Clark (Cornell), 6-4, 6-2
Doubles – Round of 16
(3) Daniel Hoffman/Powers (Yale) def. Dragos Dima/Venkat Iyer (Cornell), 8-5
(6) Chase/Huang (Yale) def. Mike Lampa/Valentin Mihai (St. John's), 8-3
Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (Columbia) def. Chase/Huang (Yale), 8-1
(3) Hoffman/Powers (Yale) def. Nicky Hu/A. Nguyen (Harvard), 8-6
Singles and doubles draws updated through Sunday can be found here.