No. 4 Seed Carney Stages Thrilling Comeback
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Elis secured another strong win on Wednesday night, defeating No. 15 Brown by a score of 8-1.
The Bulldogs were without their No. 1 seed, Junior Spencer Lovejoy, who was competing for the US World Team in Florida. This meant that first-year Nadav Raziel took the reigns as the No. 1 seed. Raziel took down his opponent handily three games to none and notched his second victory of the season. Captain Jay Losty, No. 2 Harrison Gill, No. 3 Calvin McCafferty, No. 5 Eric Kim, No. 6 Tiber Worth, No. 9 Jonathan Kovac and No. 10 Jacob Rhee also won their matches 3-0. Gill was especially dominant, surrendering only five total points to his opponent.
The final match of the evening, played by sophomore Tyler Carney, was the only one to go to five games. Carney, the No. 4 seed, dropped the first two games to his opponent, before staging a comeback and tying the match 2-2. In the fifth game, Carney and his opponent went back-and-forth, trading points and playing aggressively, until Carney finally pulled away with a thrilling 12-10 win. This was Carney's first victory of the season.
"It feels great to get my first win of the season," said Carney. "It was definitely a tough match and my opponent played well. After the second game I realized that I needed to slow the pace down and focus on getting the ball tight and to the back of the court which started working in the last three games."
Carney added that he was happy to be able to contribute to the Bulldogs' first Ivy-League win and the team's undefeated start so far.
Brooks G. Ragen Director of Squash at Yale David Talbott was pleased with his team's performance overall and is encouraging the Bulldogs to focus on keeping the momentum going.
"The effort and intensity was good," said Talbott about the match. "I felt we played solid overall and it was good to get our first win in the Ivy-League, but we know how good the teams are that we have to beat to win the league."
The Elis' next match will be against Amherst on Jan. 7 at home.
Full Stats, Yale vs. Brown:
No. 1 Seed: Nadav Raziel, Y def. Maximo Moyer, B (11-6, 11-4, 11-6)
No. 2 Seed: Harrison Gill, Y def. Grant Sterman, B (11-1, 11-2, 11-2)
No. 3 Seed: Calvin McCafferty, Y def. Andrew Wei, B (11-6, 11-8, 11-7)
No. 4 Seed: Tyler Carney, Y def. Declan McCarthy, B (7-11, 4-11, 11-4, 11-7, 12-10)
No. 5 Seed: Eric Kim, Y def. Philip Demeulenaere, B (11-7, 11-7, 11-3)
No. 6 Seed: Tiber Worth, Y def. Harrison Boyer, B (12-10, 12-10, 11-5)
No. 7 Seed: Ben Caraballo, B def. Yohan Pandole, Y (3-11, 9-11, 11-9, 5-2) Pandole had to forfeit due to back spasms
No. 8 Seed: Jay Losty, Y def. William Glaser, B (11-5, 11-4, 11-5)
No. 9 Seed: Jonathan Kovac, Y def. Palak Goel, B (13-11, 11-9, 11-6)
No. 10 Seed: Jacob Jae-Jin Rhee, Y def. Jacob Good, B (11-3, 11-2, 11-8) The No. 10 seed match is not counted in the final score
Report by Johnny Gross '21, Yale Sports Publicity