Yale Nips Cornell, 4-3

April 15, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After a resounding 6-1 win against Columbia yesterday, men's tennis continued its hot streak today against No. 71 Cornell, winning a very close 4-3 match in New Haven. Though the Bulldogs' three singles wins came in straight sets, a narrow 9-7 win by Milosz Gudzowski and Chris Lawler at No. 3 doubles proved crucial for the Elis (10-7, 3-1).

Indeed, all three doubles matches were tight ones. No. 1 Rowan Reynolds and Rory Green fell to Nicholas Brunner and Joshua Raff--currently the No. 53 ranked doubles team in the nation--by a score of 8-6. The Bulldogs picked up victories in the other two doubles matches, however, as No. 2 Brandon Wai and Michael Caldwell defeated Daniel Brous and Josh Goldstein 8-4, and No. 3 Gudzowski and Lawler eked out the 9-7 win over Brett McKeon and Kyle Doppelt.

Though the final score ended up 4-3, the Bulldogs' singles victories were relatively easy. No. 1 Wai defeated McKeon 6-2, 6-4, No. 2 Gudzowski beat Raff 6-3, 6-2, and No. 5 Green downed Doppelt, 6-4, 6-2. The other three matches were extremely competitive, but Cornell was able to eke out victories in all of them to bring the final score to 4-3.

The Bulldogs will head to Cambridge on Fri., Apr. 21, to take on the Crimson in their next match. Despite a slow start, the Cantabs recently snapped Penn's 12-match winning streak, and should prove to be formidable opponents.

Results:
Singles
No. 1 Brandon Wai (Y) def. Brett McKeon (C), 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 Milosz Gudzowski (Y) def. Joshua Raff (C), 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Nicholas Brunner (C) def. Jeff Dawson (Y), 7-6, 4-6, 1-0(7)
No. 4 Daniel Brous (C) def. Michael Caldwell (Y), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 Rory Green (Y) def. Kyle Doppelt (C), 6-4, 6-2
No. 6 Tongle Yu (C) def. Rowan Reynolds (Y), 3-6, 7-5, 1-0(8)

Doubles
No. 1 Brunner and Raff (C) def. Reynolds and Green (Y), 8-6
No. 2 Wai and Caldwell (Y) def. Brous and Josh Goldstein (C), 8-4
No. 3 Gudzowski and Chris Lawler (Y) def. McKeon and Doppelt (C), 9-7

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity