After two weeks of losses on the road, the men’s tennis team dominated the visiting U.S. Naval Academy, 7-0, on Saturday at Yale’s Cullman Courts.
In singles, the Elis’ superiority manifested itself across the board as all six players defeated their opponents in straight sets.
The top four Bulldogs (2-4) gave up a total of only eight games in eight sets. No. 1 Brandon Wai ’07 and No. 3 Milosz Gudzowski ’06 both relinquished only one game each, beating Brandon Carter 6-1, 6-0 and Adrian Lai 6-0, 6-1, respectively. Ryan Murphy ’05 defeated Navy’s Davy Lee and Rowan Reynolds ’06 took down Stanley Kahl, both posting a final score of 6-1, 6-2.
Rounding out singles play, No. 5 Rory Green ’08 bested Alex James, 6-3, 6-2, while Matt Feldman ’06, who has been out of the singles lineup thus far this season, defeated Navy’s Haley Dodson, 6-3, 6-3, in the sixth position.
Some of the Elis said increased energy levels contributed to their solid play.
“I kept my intensity up for the entire match [and] that’s why I had such a good result,” Reynolds said.
Similarly, Wai said he was happy with his performance and the aggressive style he displayed on the court.
The Elis won two of their three doubles matches to take the doubles point and complete their 7-0 shutout. Murphy and partner Wai, and Johnny Lu ’05 and Gudzowski sailed past their Navy opponents, 8-2 and 8-4, respectively. Yale’s No. 2 doubles pair Reynolds and Chris Lawler ’07 fell 9-8 to Navy in a close match.
Reynolds said the win against Navy, whom the Bulldogs beat 5-2 last year, was expected.
“They are probably one of the weaker opponents on our schedule,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to beat them convincingly.”
Green added that a week of hard training contributed to the Bulldogs’ dominance.
“We trained very hard during the week [and] gave 100 percent in practice and the weight room,” Green said. “Our performances were up a couple of levels from last week.”
The win comes at an opportune time for the Bulldogs as they prepare for a difficult spring break lineup, coach Alex Dorato said. During the two-week break, the Bulldogs will face six teams, five of which are nationally ranked, and will travel from San Diego and Los Angeles to Boise, Idaho.
Dorato said he is looking forward to some tough matches that will help the Elis get ready for their upcoming conference season.
“I’m hoping that by the end of the six matches everybody is [playing] their best tennis and is ready to play their best in the Ivy League,” he said. “I think if we are playing our best … there is nobody we can’t beat.”
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