Sept. 27, 2003
Andrew Rosenfeld advanced to the finals of the A Singles bracket and two Yale A doubles teams made it to the semifinals in the first day of play at the Yale Invitational Tournament.
Six of eight Bulldogs won their first round singles matches, but only Rosenfeld made it past the second round in singles play.
"I thought we had a great first round," said Head Coach Alex Dorato. "We had a tougher time in the second round, but I thought we played well anyway. We had several guys injured but considering those things we played good tennis."
In the A singles flight, first seed Ryan Murphy and second seed Rosenfeld both advanced in the first round, with Murphy taking Abedin Sham from Cornell, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 and Rosenfeld defeating Columbia's Rajeev Emany by the score of 6-3, 6-4.
In the second round, Murphy, hurt by a sprained ankle, fell to Columbia's Akshay Rao by the score of 7-6 (4), 6-2, but Rosenfeld advanced on the strength of a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 victory over Cornell's Nic Brunner.
Yale's doubles teams that advanced to the semifinals of the A bracket were composed of Chris Lawler and Brandon Wai, who defeated Columbia's Marty Moore and Scott Robbin 8-2, and Murphy and Rosenfeld, who moved on with a default win over Mark Brodie and Raj Shrestha from Dartmouth.
Yale's Milosz Gudzowski and Brandon Wai both won their first round matches in B singles, but fell in the second round. Gudowski defeated Cornell's Aravinda Neuman 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 before falling to Jimmy Moore from Columbia in a 6-2, 6-1 game. Meanwhile, Wai defeated Shrestha from Dartmouth in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, but fell to Brett McKeon from Cornell in a 6-4, 6-3 contest.
In C and D singles, Matt Feldman, Neil Tolaney, and Lawler all won first round matches but failed to advance beyond the second round.
The Invitational continues tomorrow with the singles finals and the doubles semifinals and finals.