June 13, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coming off a season in which they finished 3-4 in the Ivy League, the Bulldogs will return nine players next season. Yale will add two players to the mix in the Class of 2012.
"Two talented freshmen will be joining the men's tennis team in the fall," said Alex Dorato, the Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis. "Both players have had great success in both singles and doubles in their junior careers. Together they will provide excellent depth as the Bulldog squad looks to make a run at the Ivy League title. Tennisrecruiting.net rates both players among the top 100 recruits in the nation."
Here is a look at the incoming freshman class:
Erik Blumenkranz (Portola Valley, Calif.)
Last summer Erik made a major breakthrough on the national junior tennis scene. In June, playing in the 16 & Under division of the Northern California Sectional Championships, Erik was unseeded and reached the finals in singles before losing in three sets. He and his partner won the doubles championships, and Erik also won the tournament's Sportsmanship Award. Erik followed this up in July with another solid performance at the Super National Claycourt Championships in which he knocked off two seeded players. He topped off his summer run in August at the Super National Hardcourt Championships in Kalamazoo, MI. in which he again defeated two seeded players before succumbing in three sets to the country's #1 16 & Under player. Erik is a graduate of Sacred Heart Preparatory School.
Joel Samaha (Tampa, FL)
In December of 2006 Joel won a Bronze Ball by taking 3rd Place in singles at the Super National Winter Championships where he also won the Sportsmanship Award. He missed both of last summer's national events due to a shoulder injury. Joel, at 6'6", is known for his booming serve which has contributed significantly to his tremendous doubles success. In September, after recovering from his shoulder injury, Joel and his partner won the USTA Florida State Doubles Championship. Joel is a graduate of H.B. Plant High School.
Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity