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Krumholz's Strong Finish Lifts Yale to Upset over No. 51 Central Florida, 4-3

Zachary Krumholz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Zachary Krumholz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Faierman and Lu Also Record Pivotal Wins in Singles Play

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Yale men's tennis team produced clutch play down the stretch on Saturday to secure a 4-3 upset over No. 51 Central Florida for its biggest win of the season so far.  Playing in its last "Battle at the Beach" match at UNC Wilmington's courts, the Bulldogs displayed superb teamwork to claim the doubles point before edging the Knights in singles play.  Junior Zachary Krumholz provided the day's heroics as he clinched the Eli victory in a tough three-set match at No. 6 singles. 

The Bulldogs knew that a strong performance in doubles would be essential if they were to have a good chance of clipping their higher-ranked opponents, and a strong performance was precisely what the Elis generated.  At No. 3 doubles, the Yale duo of junior Daniel Faierman and freshman Alex Hagermoser defeated Chris Barrus and Inaki Espindola 8-3.  This victory marks this pair's sixth-straight win.  Meanwhile, Yale's No. 1 tandem of freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning overcame the Central Florida team of Jesse Flores and Amar Hromic 8-5 to give Yale the crucial edge heading into singles play.

The doubles point turned out to be key as Yale and Central Florida split the six singles matches.  At No. 1 singles, Lu, ranked No. 114 in the nation, powered past Hromic 6-0, 6-1.  Faierman also notched a point for the Bulldogs with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Espindola at No. 4 singles.  Svenning, senior captain Kyle Dawson and freshman Photos Photiades all suffered losses, thereby making the tussle at No. 6 singles the deciding match.  Though he wavered slightly in the second set, Krumholz ultimately stood up to the challenge and played a strong deciding set to prevail against Reece Acree 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 and seal the upset. 

Krumholz's victory lifted Yale to its first triumph this season over a ranked opponent.  The win also brings Yale to a 3-0 record on neutral surfaces.  The Bulldogs leave the "Battle at the Beach" with a 2-1 record, having lost to No. 55 UNC Wilmington on Wednesday and upended Binghamton on Friday.  The Elis will aim to sustain their momentum for a tripleheader at home next weekend.  Yale squares off against No. 74 St. John's on Saturday, Mar. 29, and will then face Fordham and Bryant on Sunday, Mar. 30.  These will be their last three matches before the Elis commence Ivy League play in April. 

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

 Position  Yale University  University of Central Florida  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #114 Tyler Lu  Amar Hromic  Yale University  6-0, 6-1
 #2 Singles  Martin Svenning  Francesc Aulina  University of Central Florida  6-4,6-4
 #3 Singles  Kyle Dawson  Chris Barrus  University of Central Florida  6-1, 6-1
 #4 Singles  Daniel Faierman  Inaki Espindola  Yale University  6-3,6-3
 #5 Singles  Photos Photiades  Jose Sangroniz  University of Central Florida  6-4, 7-6
 #6 Singles  Zach Krumholz  Reece Acree  Yale University  6-2, 4-6, 6-2
 #1 Doubles  Tyler Lu
 Martin Svenning
 Jesse Flores
 Amar Hromic
 Yale University  8-5
 #2 Doubles  Patrick Chase
 Kyle Dawson
 Francesc Aulina
 Reece Acree
 Unfinished  4-6
 #3 Doubles  Daniel Faierman
 Alex Hagermoser
 Chris Barrus
 Inaki Espindola
 Yale University  8-3