September 22, 2006

Bulldogs Strong In New Jersey

Sept. 22, 2006

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale men's tennis team opened play at the Princeton/Farnsworth Invitational today in New Jersey. In the A Doubles draw, the Bulldogs scored two wins, with Chris Lawler and Michael Caldwell defeating Rutgers' Arjun Vaidya and Matthew Fawcett 8-5 and Josh Lederman and Jeff Dawson winning by the same 8-5 score over Princeton's Sratha Saengsuwarn and George Carpeni.

The Bulldogs, unfortunately, were less successful in the singles portion of the day. Josh Lederman, Jeff Dawson, Michael Caldwell, Rory Green and Matt Schimmel all recovered from opening-round losses to advance in the consolation portion of the A singles draw. Lederman got by Jonathan Wong of Columbia and Caldwell downed Wong's teammate Marty Moore 6-3, 6-2 as both Bulldogs advanced to the consolation quarterfinals. Jeff Dawson and Matt Schimmel also recovered after their opening round losses, and will face off in a consolation quarterfinal tomorrow.

In the B singles draw, newcomer Connor Dawson beat Fawcett in the opening round and thrashed Cornell's Weston Nichols in the second 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. Chris Lawler and Tom Santoro both recovered from opening round losses to advance to the B flight consolation quarterfinals. Lawler beat Mark Gober of Princeton before narrowly beating Dale Madan of Rutgers 6-2, 5-7 (4). Santoro defeated Phil Bayliss of St. Joseph's and then thrashed Rohan Patkar of Rutgers, 6-4, 6-0.

Play will continue through Sunday.

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity