The men’s tennis team earned a split this weekend, earning a 4–3 victory against St. John’s before dropping a 5–2 match to No.74 SUNY-Binghamton to end the weekend with a 11–6 record on the season.
“It was a good weekend overall,” Calvin Bennett ’11 said. “Both those teams were high-quality Ivy League level teams that have us a good sense of how we are going to need to compete starting next weekend.”
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The Red Storm came to the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center Saturday reeling from a 6–1 loss to Columbia, and with a 3–9 record on the year. The Elis made sure St. John’s wouldn’t turn things around on their home court, taking two of three doubles matches to start the day. Erik Blumenkranz ’12 and Joel Samaha ’12 led the way with a 8–2 win at first doubles, while John Huang ’13 and Daniel Hoffman ’13 grabbed an 8–5 win at the three spot.
Yale split the singles matches with the Red Storm, receiving big wins from No. 1 Marc Powers ’13 (6–0, 6–2), No. 2 Huang (6–4, 6–1), and a hard-fought three-set triumph in the clinching match from No. 6 Blumenkranz (6–2, 5–7, 7–5).
But the momentum they gained Saturday didn’t help the Elis in Sunday’s match, as Binghamton proved too much for the Bulldogs. Despite singles victories from John Huang ’13 and Calvin Bennett ’11, at second and third singles, respectively, the Bearcats took the No. 1, 4, 5 and 6 matches, as well as two of the three doubles matches en route to their 10th straight win.
“It was just one of those off days so hopefully after a couple days of practice we’ll all be feeling good about out games,” Huang said.
The Bulldogs will need to bounce back from Sunday’s loss, as Ivy League play gets underway Saturday with a match at Princeton. The Bulldogs will then travel to Philadelphia to face off against Penn’s Quakers Saturday afternoon.
“It’s going to take a unified effort on everyone’s part to ensure that we all play our best on the same day,” Huang said.