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Men's Tennis Teams Converge on New Haven for USTA/ITA Regional

Penn's Ivan Turudic
Penn's Ivan Turudic

Portions courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications, Princeton Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. -- All eight Ivy men's tennis teams are in action Oct. 14-19 at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, hosted by Yale at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.

The regional tournament will determine which players head to Flushing, N.Y., for the 2010 USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships Nov. 4-7. Click here for results and information from all the regional tournaments.

Ivy competitors fared well at the Columbia Classic at the Dick Savitt Tennis Cente, which featured teams from all over the Northeast, including Penn and Princeton. 

Penn freshman Ivan Turudic was a part of two championships, winning both in singles and doubles. Turudic captured the Flight A singles title, taking down Columbia's Kevin Kung in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. Turudic also earned the Flight A doubles title with fellow classmate Zach Katz after the Farleigh Dickinson duo of Peter Skvarka and Ibrahim Shams had to default their match due to injury.

In the Flight B singles draw, Columbia first-year Tizian Bucher advanced to the finals, including a win over Katz in the semifinals, before losing to Radford's Stefan Bojic in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, in the final.

Princeton's Ravi Yegya-Raman and Coleman Crutchfield teamed up to win the Flight B doubles final 9-7 over Fairleigh Dickinson's Dom Hemy and Yuri Gricheno. In consolation singles action, Yegya-Raman gave up only one game in his Flight B consolation final, defeating Sam Gelb of Columbia 6-1, 6-0. Crutchfield also advanced to his singles draw's consolation final, losing the Flight A consolation match by a close margin, 7-5, 7-6(3) to Mike Lampa of St. John's.

Yale opened its play at the Army Invitational in West Point, N.Y. with wins in three of four singles matches against Army from Marc Powers, Daniel Hoffman and Zachary Dean. In singles play against St. Bonaventure, the Bulldogs also pulled off three victories from John Huang, Kyle Dawson, and Tommy Ratchford. The doubles team of Hoffman and Powers pulled off the Bulldogs sole doubles win on day one, an 8-0 shutout of Army's Tripp Johnson and Asika Isoh. Yale capped off a successful weekend, winning seven of eight matches with singles wins from Huang, Dawson, Jordan Abergel and Patrick Chase against Army and St. Bonaventure.  In doubles, the Bulldogs got wins from the duos of Huang/Abergel and Chase/Dawson. Ratchford paired with Army's Dan Shaffer to win his doubles match as well.