May 1, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On Saturday night, the men's tennis team elected Brandon Wai '07 to be the captain for the 2007 season. Wai, who went 7-0 in Ivy League singles play this year at No. 1, will succeed Matthew Feldman '06.
"I was very happy first of all, very excited to get elected," Wai said. "We had a great group of guys this year, and next year we're going to have just as strong a team, if not stronger."
Wai's college tennis resume has been impressive thus far. He finished the 2006 season ranked No. 71 in the nation in singles, the highest ranking of any Ivy League player. His No. 71 ranking was 22 spots higher than his No. 93 ranking at the start of the year.
Wai finished with a 29-7 overall singles record and a 17-12 doubles record in 2006. Last year's 31-8 singles record netted him first-team all-Ivy honors in singles, and he was named to the league's first team in doubles in 2005 as well.
Last fall was no less impressive. Wai received a bid to ITA Nationals by virtue of beating Penn State's Mark Barry in the finals of the ITA Eastern Regionals on Tues., Oct. 25. Though he said he had the personal goal of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in singles this spring, his main focus was on the team's play.
"I'm really proud of the way our guys performed this year," Wai said. "I know each guy in the lineup gave all they could every time they took the court. That's all anyone can ask for."
Wai said that though the Bulldogs are losing several strong seniors, including No. 2 Milosz Gudzowski and No. 6 Rowan Reynolds, a strong bevy of underclassmen bodes well for the team's chances of taking the Ivy title next year.
"I feel like next year [No. 3 Jeff Dawson '09] is only going to get better--he's one of the hardest workers on the team," he said. "And I've only heard good things about our incoming freshmen."
Indeed, Yale's 2006-'07 recruiting class was ranked No. 14 in the nation, and features none other than Dawson's brother Connor '10, Illinois's No. 3 overall recruit.
"I'm very excited to lead this team next year," Wai said.
Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity