February 26, 2006

Yale Nips No. 75 Maryland, 4-3

Feb. 26, 2006

COLLEGE PARK, MD - Yale men's tennis came up huge on Sunday to close out their Maryland road trip, defeating the University of Maryland by a score of 4-3. No. 1 Brandon Wai and No. 2 Milosz Gudzowski both scored impressive singles wins against nationally ranked players.

"[Maryland's] in the ACC and they're nationally ranked, so this win definitely gives us a lot of confidence," Cary Leeds Head Coach Alex Dorato said.

After falling behind 1-0 following Maryland's 2-1 win in the doubles matches, the Bulldogs rallied to win four of the six singles matches. Particularly impressive were No. 1 Brandon Wai, currently ranked No. 55 in the nation, and No. 2 Milosz Gudzowski. Wai defeated No. 73 Andy Orban in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, and Gudzowski downed No. 86 Nickolai Nielsen, 7-5, 6-2. No. 3 Jeff Dawson and No. 6 Rory Green rounded out the Eli wins. Dawson beat Andreas Vaage-Nilsen, 6-3, 6-2, and Green thrashed Michael Coleman, 6-1, 6-1.

Even with the impressive win, though, Dorato noted that the team has not yet played to its full potential.

"We still don't feel like we're playing our best tennis," he said. "There's still a lot of room for improvement."

The Bulldogs will head to California over March break. Their next match will be against Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles on Wed., Mar. 8.

Results:

Singles
No. 1 Brandon Wai (Y) def. Andy Orban (M), 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 Milosz Gudzowski (Y) def. Nickolai Nielsen (M), 7-5, 6-2
No. 3 Jeff Dawson (Y) def. Andreas Vaage-Nilsen (M), 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 Scott Fink (M) def. Michael Caldwell (Y), 6-1, 7-6
No. 5 Boris Fetbroyt (M) def. Rowan Reynolds (Y), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0
No. 6 Rory Green (Y) def. Michael Coleman (M), 6-1, 6-1

Doubles
No. 1 Reynolds and Green (Y) def. Fetbroyt and Josh Brauser (M), 8-4
No. 2 Orban and Fink (M) def. Wai and Josh Lederman (Y), 8-5
No. 3 Vaage-Nilsen and Nielsen (M) def. Caldwell and Chris Lawler (Y), 8-5

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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