Elis Upset No. 72 Cornell 4-3 in Thriller

April 16, 2004

Rowan Reynolds dropped his first set at the No. 4 singles position 2-6, but came back to win 6-1, 6-4 over Cornell's Scott Spencer as the Elis upset the No. 72 Big Red 4-3 in New Haven. The Elis dropped two of three doubles matches but were victorious in four of six singles contests to earn their first Ivy League victory of the season.

The victory improved the Bulldogs to 6-10 overall and 1-2 in the Ivies. Cornell fell to 13-6 and 2-2 in league play.

Andrew Rosenfeld defeated Scott Paltrowitch 7-5, 6-4 in the No. 2 singles position, while Brandon Wai was a 6-4,6-2 victor over Brett McKeon at No. 3.

Yale's other singles winner was David Goldman, who cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 straight set victory over Mike Schlapping at No. 6.

Ryan Murphy, Yale's No. 1 player, lost a hard fought game to Cornell's Zach Gallin. Murphy won the first set 6-2 but then fell 7-6 in a tight second set and was finished off 6-2 by Gallin. At the No. 5 position, Nicholas Brunner defeated Milosz Gudzowski 6-1, 6-1.

Yale's doubles team of Ryan Murphy and Rowan Reynolds earned the Elis' lone doubles win over Brunner and Joshua Raff, triumphing 8-5. Rosenfeld/Goldman fell 8-6 to Gallin/Spencer, while Brandon Wai and Chris Lawler were close 9- losers to Paltrowitz and Abedin Sham.

The Elis will look for the weekend sweep when they host Columbia tomorrow at 12:30 in New Haven.