In a disappointing turn of events, the men’s tennis team was defeated by two Ivy League rivals this weekend.
On the road Friday, the newly ranked No. 73 Bulldogs fell 5–2 to their Ancient Eight archrival, the No. 24 Crimson. Continuing its Ivy League competition, Yale hosted the No. 60 Big Green (18–3, 4–2 Ivy) for Yale’s Senior Day. but the Bulldogs were unable to come out with a win and lost again, 5–2.
“We knew that [Harvard] would be very tough,” Marc Powers ’13 said. “We all played our hearts out and left everything on the court. We were not disappointed with our effort.”
The Crimson quickly came out on top on Friday after winning the first two doubles matches at No. 2 and No. 3. At the No. 3 position, the pair of team captain Erik Blumenkranz ’12 and Joel Samaha ’12 lost first with a score 8–1, and No. 2 Patrick Chase ‘14 and John Huang ‘13 fell shortly after, 8–6. At No. 1, the No. 80 team of Daniel Hoffman ’13 and Marc Powers ’13 upset Harvard’s nationally ranked No. 57 pair in a close, back and forth 9–8 match.
In the singles round, Harvard (13–9, 2–3 Ivy) was ahead on every single court after the first set. The Crimson quickly secured the victory when it won at the No. 6, No. 4 and No. 1 spots consecutively. Harvard’s No. 1, Jonathan Pearlman, was the first Ivy League player to defeat Huang, ending his nine-match winning streak. Hoffman won at No. 2, winning his fourth consecutive three-set match. Powers was also victorious at the No. 3 spot, defeating his opponent in three sets as well.
“Harvard was really solid all the way down their singles lineup,” Zach Dean ’13 said. Hoffman noted that the team effort was there, but the bounces just weren’t going their way.
Against the Big Green, Yale (13–10, 2–4 Ivy) was unable to win the doubles point for the second time in a row. The teams split the first two doubles matches: Dartmouth won first at No. 2, defeating Huang and Chase 8–5, but the duo of Hoffman and Powers was successful at the No. 1 position, coming away with a 9–7 victory. The senior pair of Blumenkranz and Samaha fell in a close 9–7 match at No. 3.
Dartmouth also came away with the majority of the singles matches, winning four out of the six. Powers and Dean were the first to go at the No. 2 and No. 6 positions respectively, with Dean losing in a tough three sets. The deciding match came down to the No. 4 position, where Blumenkranz lost in another close three-set match. Yale was victorious at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots. Huang had an easy 6–3, 6–0 win, and Hoffman came out with his fifth consecutive win, remaining undefeated in the Ivy League.
“It was fun. It was a bit nostalgic being the last time playing in that facility,” Blumenkranz said, referring to the team’s last home match of the season at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. “It was fun being out there with the rest of the guys, I’ve had a great time here at Yale.”
The Elis will play No. 51 Brown in Providence, R.I., this coming weekend.