Bulldogs Play In Columbia Classic

Jan. 29, 2006

New York, NY -

This weekend the Yale men's tennis team competed in the Columbia Classic. Josh Lederman '09 was able to make it to the semifinal round in the B flight singles, where he was defeated by Columbia's Dan Urban. Lederman and Brandon Wai '06, who is ranked No. 33 nationally in singles play, won both their preliminary and quarterfinal match and will face off today against the team of Moore and Moore from Columbia in the doubles semifinal.

In the first round of the A flight singles, Jeff Dawson '09 faced off against No. 1 seed Zoltan Bus of Manhattan College. Dawson was defeated 6-4, 6-2.

Michael Caldwell '09 went up against No. 4 seed David Nylen of St. John's. Nylen won the first set, and although Caldwell came back strong in the second set, Nylen ultimately won the match 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(6).

No. 2 seed Milosz Gudzowski '06 played Columbia's Jimmy Moore. After two close sets, Moore eventually claimed the win 6-7(1), 7-6(4), 6-1.

In the B flight singles, Tom Santoro '09 was matched up against David Alvarado of Manhattan College. Alvarado won the match 6-4, 6-1.

Rory Green '08 had an outstanding match against St. John's M. Bauer. Green won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Green advanced to the quarterfinals to play Jonathan Chan of Columbia, but had to cede the match to Chan due to injury.

Lederman smashed Marist's L. Rodriguez 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, Lederman was pitted against Columbia's Ilya Shatashvili and claimed the win 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Lederman advanced to the semifinals, where he finally fell to Columbia's Dan Urban 6-3, 6-3.

In doubles action, Green and Chris Lawler '07 played Columbia's Drucker and Urban. Columbia won the match 8-5.

Caldwell and Dawson won their match against Wynee and Seow of FDU to advance to the quarterfinals 8-3. In the quarterfinals, the Elis were beaten by Marist's Joseph and Marks 8-1.

Wai and Lederman faced off against Alvarado and Alvarado of Manhattan College in the first round, easily winning 8-4. The dynamic duo of Wai and Lederman then took on St. John's Nylen and Green in the quarterfinals, winning 8-5. Wai and Lederman will face off against Marist's Joseph and Marks in the semifinal round today.

Report filed by Christie Yang '06, Yale Sports Publicity.

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