Full Slate for Men's Tennis This Weekend
Portions courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and Penn Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- It will be another active weekend for Ivy men's tennis teams with all eight teams once again in action.
Dartmouth will be hosting its own Shootout with Brown participating while Harvard will be welcoming Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina to the 2010 Crowder Fest at the Beren Tennis Center.
Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale will be competing at the ITA/D'Novo Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., the first national singles and doubles titles of the 2010-11 collegiate tennis season. Hosted by the University of Tulsa for the fourth straight year, the tournament includes six rounds of prequalifying and qualifying matches beginning Saturday, Oct. 2.
A LOOK BACK
With seven teams participating, the Ivy League had a strong showing at the 2010 USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Men's College Invitational in Flushing, N.Y. winning five of the singles flights and all four of the doubles flights. Results of Ivy players in flight final matches were:
A singles: Daniel Hoffman (Yale) def.
Milo Hauk (St. John's), 6-3, 6-3
B singles: Erik Blumenkranz (Yale) def. Alex Faust (Princeton), 6-4, 6-1
C singles: (1) Aba Omodele-Lucien (Harvard) def. Dan Richardson (Princeton), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
E singles: Cameron Ghorbani (Dartmouth) def. Rob Wong (Penn), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
F singles: (1) Alex de Chatellus (Dartmouth) def. (4) Zach Dean (Yale), 6-2, 6-3
A doubles: Hoffman/Marc Powers (Yale) def. Omodele-Lucien/Joshua Tchan (Harvard), 8-3
B doubles: Ghorbani/Curtis Roby (Dartmouth) def. Davis Mangham/Jonathan Pearlman (Harvard), withdrew (injury)
C doubles: Mike Hill/Timmy Klanke (Brown) def. Chatellus/John Kelly (Dartmouth), 8-6
D doubles: Jason Lin/Jason Magnes (Penn) def. Richardson/Ravi Yegya-Raman (Princeton), 8-4
At the Virginia Ranked Plus One Invitational at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va., Cornell junior Evan Bernstein finished the tournament as the runner-up in the B singles, falling to Radford's Nicholas Sayer (6-4, 6-4) in the final. Bernstein reached the finals with victories over Wake Forest's Amogh Prabhakar (6-4, 2-6, 6-4) and North Carolina's Alex Raifee (6-1, 6-4).
At the Saint Joseph's Invitational in Philadelphia, Penn freshman Zach Katz captured the No. 1 singles title by first defeating Delaware's Courtney Scott 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinal. In the final, Katz had to come from behind after losing the opening set in a tiebreaker. He was able to rebound in the second set, 6-2, and prevailed 10-6 in the third set tiebreaker to defeat the Saint Joseph's Alex Veronis for the title. In doubles play, the duo of Katz and classmate Ivan Turudic took care of Drexel's Nikoloz Kurdatze and Manu Bajpai 8-6 to take home the No. 1 doubles title. The freshmen were up 5-1 and looked poised to take the match with relative ease, but Drexel fought back hard, eventually pulling to within 7-6, before Turudic was able to serve out the match for Penn.