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St. John’s Clips No. 68 Yale, 4-3

Daniel Faierman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Daniel Faierman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Faierman, Krumholz and Lu Record Straight-Set Wins

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Saturday's match between the Yale men's tennis team and St. John's came down to the wire, as the Red Storm narrowly edged No. 68 Yale in a nail-biting finish.  After St. John's picked up the doubles point at Yale's home courts, the Bulldogs turned up the heat in singles, notching three comprehensive wins.  St. John's withstood the stern Yale challenge, however, and ultimately secured a 4-3 victory.

The Elis came out swinging in doubles, as their No. 3 team of junior Daniel Faierman and freshman Alex Hagermoser carried over its impressive form from spring break to notch an 8-3 win over St. John's duo of MJ Every and Robert Livi.  St. John's managed to stall Yale's efforts at No.1 and No. 2 doubles.  At the No. 2 spot, the veteran Yale duo of senior Patrick Chase and senior captain Kyle Dawson were unable to overcome the No. 74 tandem in the country of R. J. Del Nunzio and Erick Reyes.  The Bulldogs got closer at the No. 1 spot, but freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning succumbed 8-6 to Lucas Hehjal and Vaidik Munshaw. 

Yale kept the pressure on in singles.  In fact, they pulled ahead in the overall score by claiming three straight-set victories.  Lu, ranked No. 98 in the nation, did his part to dismiss Reyes 6-4, 6-1.  At No. 3 singles, Faierman finished off his match in two sets, 6-4, 6-4, against Hehjal.  And at the No. 6 position, junior Zachary Krumholz rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Gary Kushnirovich.  St. John's Munshaw kept his team in the match with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Dawson.  With the overall score locked at 3-2 in favor of the Bulldogs, two singles matches remained, both of which went to a third set.  At No. 2 singles, Svenning came out of the gate strong, winning the first, set, but Del Nunzio was able to reel him back in to record a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win.  At No. 6 singles, freshman Photos Photiades showed immense fight to send his match against Livi to a final set, but in the end, Livi edged Photiades in a deciding tiebreaker.  The final score was 6-2, 5-7, 7-6. 

Despite the disappointment, Yale will need to regroup both mentally and physically as it faces a tough task ahead of it Sunday: a doubleheader against Fordham and Bryant.  The match against Fordham will kick off at 12:00 p.m., and the match against Bryant will start at approximately 4:00 p.m., after the conclusion of the Fordham match.  Both matches will again be played at Yale's home courts, and they are the last two matches of the regular season before Yale commences Ivy League play.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

 Position  Yale University  St. John's University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #98 Tyler Lu  Erick Reyes  Yale University  6-4, 6-1
 #2 Singles  Martin Svenning  R.J. Del Nunzio  St. John's University  4-6, 6-1, 6-3
 #3 Singles  Daniel Faierman  Lucas Hehjal  Yale University  6-4, 6-4
 #4 Singles  Kyle Dawson  Vaidik Munshaw  St. John's University  6-1, 6-3
 #5 Singles  Photos Photiades  Robert Livi  St. John's University  6-2, 5-7, 7-6
 #6 Singles  Zach Krumholz  Gary Kushnirovich  Yale University  6-2, 6-4
 #1 Doubles  Tyler Lu
 Martin Svenning
 Lucas Hehjal
 Vaidik Munshaw
 St. John's University  8-6
 #2 Doubles  Patrick Chase
 Kyle Dawson
 #74 R.J. Del Nunzio
 Erick Reyes
 St. John's University  8-4
 #3 Doubles  Daniel Faierman
 Alex Hagermoser
 Robert Livi
 MJ Every
 Yale University  8-3