April 12, 2014

No. 52 Cornell Stops Yale’s Upset Bid

Faierman, Krumholz and Lu Post Wins

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team was on the brink of an upset over No. 52 Cornell on Saturday, but fell just short of its second Ivy win of the season.  Playing at their home courts, the Bulldogs looked to have the advantage at the tail end of singles competition, but a late surge by Cornell allowed the Bid Red to claim a 4-3 victory, avoiding the upset.

The loss puts Yale at No. 6 in the current Ivy League standings.  Cornell's win over the Elis was its first of the conference season, and the Big Red sit in seventh place.

The key to Cornell's victory was gaining the upper hand in doubles play.  At No. 1 doubles, the No. 49 team of Jason Luu and Quoc Daniel-Nguyen dealt Yale's duo of freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning an 8-1 defeat.  While the Bulldogs appeared to be gaining the upper hand in the No. 2 doubles match, the Big Red managed to secure the point with an 8-5 triumph at No. 3 doubles.

In singles, the resilient Elis started to mount their comeback, and nearly carried it to successful completion.  While Cornell picked up wins at No. 2 and No. 5 singles, Yale matched the Big Red point-for-point.  Lu led the Bulldogs' efforts with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 win over Sam Fleck at No. 1 singles.  Junior Daniel Faierman and classmate Zachary Krumholz also did their part with straight-set victories at No. 3 and No. 6 singles, respectively.  With the overall score tied at three points apiece, the outcome hinged on the result of the match at the No. 4 spot.  Senior captain Kyle Dawson won the first set of that match and looked to be in prime position to clinch the upset.  However, Cornell's Alex Sidney came back to win the final two sets and upend Dawson 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.     

Yale's next Ancient Eight encounter comes on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Elis' home venue.  The Bulldogs will face No. 17 Columbia, a team that is on a 15-match winning streak and has compiled a 17-1 overall season record.  The Lions have already defeated Brown, Cornell, No. 40 Dartmouth and No. 31 Harvard so far in Ivy League competition.     

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

 Position  Yale University  Cornell University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  Tyler Lu  Sam Fleck  Yale University  6-2,6-3
 #2 Singles  Martin Svenning  Stefan Vinti  Cornell University  6-2, 6-2
 #3 Singles  Daniel Faierman  Bernardo Casares Rosa  Yale University  6-3, 6-4
 #4 Singles  Kyle Dawson  Alex Sidney  Cornell University  3-6, 6-3, 6-3
 #5 Singles  Photos Photiades  Chris Vrabel  Cornell University  6-3, 6-2
 #6 Singles  Zach Krumholz  Jason Luu  Yale University  6-4, 6-3
 #1 Doubles  Tyler Lu
 Martin Svenning
 #49 Quoc-Daniel Nguyen
 Jason Luu
 Cornell University  8-1
 #2 Doubles  Patrick Chase
 Kyle Dawson
 Sam Fleck
 Chris Vrabel
 Unfinished  6-3
 #3 Doubles  Daniel Faierman
 Alex Hagermoser
 Colin Sinclair
 Bernardo Casares Rosa
 Cornell University  8-5