April 7, 2006

Bulldogs Fall To Penn In Ivy Opener

April 7, 2006

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Yale men's tennis team suffered a tough 5-2 loss today in Philadelphia to No. 52 Penn to open their Ivy League season. Brandon Wai came back to win a three-set match at No. 1, and Rowan Reynolds also picked up a victory in the No. 6 slot for the No. 73 Bulldogs (7-7, 0-1).

The Elis certainly battled in three very close doubles matches, but ultimately ceded the opening point to the Quakers. No. 1 Reynolds and Rory Green fell to Jason Pinsky and Joseph Lok 8-6, No. 2 Wai and Michael Caldwell lost 8-3, and No. 3 Milosz Gudzowski and Chris Lawler fell 8-6 as well.

In singles, too, the Bulldogs played several tight matches but couldn't quite close the deal in most of them. No. 4 Caldwell fell to Joseph Lok 7-6, 6-4, and No. 5 Green lost to Justin Fox in a hard-fought three-set match. No. 1 Wai--currently No. 79 in the country--scored an impressive comeback win over No. 92 Jason Pinsky, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, and No. 6 Reynolds picked up a solid 7-5, 6-3 win over Jimmy Fairbanks for the other Yale point.

The Elis will try to bounce back tomorrow, when they head to Princeton to take on the Tigers at 12:00 p.m.

Results:
Singles
No. 1 Brandon Wai (Y) def. Jason Pinsky (P), 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
No. 2 Mikhail Bekker (P) def. Milosz Gudzowski (Y), 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 Jonathan Boym (P) def. Jeff Dawson (Y), 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 Joseph Lok (P) def. Michael Caldwell (Y), 7-6(1), 6-4
No. 5 Justin Fox (P) def. Rory Green (Y), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(6)
No. 6 Rowan Reynolds (Y) def. Jimmy Fairbanks (P), 7-5, 6-3

Doubles
No. 1 Pinsky and Lok (P) def. Reynolds and Green (Y), 8-6
No. 2 Bekker and Boym (P) def. Wai and Caldwell (Y), 8-3
No. 3 Fox and Brandon O'Gara (P) def. Gudzowski and Chris Lawler (Y), 8-6

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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