MEN’S TENNIS | Elis dominate at home

Yale dominated at the Connecticut State Championships and won both the singles and doubles titles, along with both runner-up titles.
Yale dominated at the Connecticut State Championships and won both the singles and doubles titles, along with both runner-up titles. Photo by Maria Zepeda.

In the final tournament of the Yale men’s tennis fall season, the Bulldogs dominated in the upper brackets on their home courts.

Yale hosted five other teams at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center for the Connecticut State Championships this past weekend. Yale captured both the singles and doubles titles along with both runner-up titles.

“We played very well relative to the other teams,” Zach Krumholz ’15 said. “I think that shows in the results as we held all four spots in the semifinals of both singles and doubles.”

The Bulldogs ended their first day of play with an overall record of 14–2 after going undefeated in their seven doubles matches. Yale controlled the semifinals with their top four doubles teams. The senior pair of team captain Daniel Hoffman ’13 and Marc Powers ’13 defeated the freshman duo of Jason Brown ’16 and Martin Svenning ’16, 8–4 to advance to the finals.

The seniors were joined the next day by John Huang ’13 and Patrick Chase ’14, who had defeated their teammates Krumholz and Daniel Faierman ’15 by 8­–3. Both veteran Yale doubles teams had prior experience playing with their respective partners, which made for an interesting final match between players who knew their opponents very well. Nationally ranked No. 54 Hoffman and Powers were victorious with a quick 8–2 win.

“After losing in the finals at regionals it was important to Powers and me to finish this tournament strong,” Hoffman said. “Chase and Huang are a really tough team to beat and are strong competitors. I’m excited to see what our doubles will be able to accomplish in the spring.”

In singles, Brown came out on top after he defeated Hoffman, who was the defending champion and this year’s No. 1 seed. The 6–4, 6–4 win was Brown’s third singles main draw title this fall. The match extended his winning streak to five and his season record to 17–1, a team best.

Five other Yale players also participated in the singles event, with Svenning and Faierman making it to the quarterfinals.

“Our team did a great job this weekend making sure to not take the tournament too lightly,” Faierman said. “We had a good week of practice leading up to the tournament and I think everyone felt as prepared as possible going in.”

The Connecticut State Championships is the final tournament for the fall season. Individual players will play in the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships on Nov. 8.

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