Oct. 24, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs opened up play at the Yale hosted Connecticut State Championships by winning 16 out of 19 matches Friday. Yale players won nine of the eleven singles matches and seven of the eight doubles matches they played in.
In addition to Yale players, players from Fairfield, UConn, Quinnipiac, Hartford, and Sacred Heart all are competing at the Championships.
In singles play, senior Tom Santoro won his lone match of the day over James Kwei of Quinnipiac to advance to the third round. Freshman Erik Blumenkranz defeated Fairfield's Ryan Berthod 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the third round. Senior Josh Lederman advanced to the third round after opponent Brian Mikkelson of Quinnipiac had to retire.
Sophomore Calvin Bennett defeated Zach Tuckman of Quinnipiac 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the third round. Junior Connor Dawson rolled to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Joey Michaels of UConn to advance to the third round. In his second round match against Quinnipiac's Charlie Feldman, junior Matt Schimmel won 6-0, 6-1 to advance to the third round.
Sophomore Ryan Berman won two matches to advance to the third round. In the first round, Berman defeated Fairfield's Chip Palumbo 6-2, 7-6. Then in the second round, Berman pulled out a 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (7) win over Quinnipiac's John Hughes.
Sophomore Jordan Abergel won his first round match 6-1, 6-1 before dropping his second round match 6-4, 6-2 to Fairfield's Dan Sauter.
In Doubles action, the duo of Dawson and Bennett advanced to the quarterfinals with a 8-1 victory in the second round.
Blumenkranz and Abergel needed two victories to advance to the quarterfinals. In the first round, the doubles team defeated a Quinnipiac team 8-3. Blumenkranz and Abergel then defeated Sacred Heart's Ujkic and Mazzerese 9-8 in the second round.
Lederman and Berman won both their first and second round matches to advance to the quarterfinals as well.
Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity