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Huang, Blumenkranz, Samaha Compete In ITA All-American Championships

Erik Blumenkranz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Erik Blumenkranz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

New Haven, Conn. – Three Bulldogs will spend the next week facing off against the top collegiate tennis players in the nation at the ITA All-American Championships at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla. 

In singles, sophomore John Huang will participate in the qualifying tournament, beginning Oct. 4.  If he wins three qualifying matches, Huang will advance to the main draw of the singles tournament.  Fellow sophomore Marc Powers was also slated to participate in qualifying, but was forced to withdraw from play due to a case of pneumonia. 

In doubles play, juniors Erik Blumenkranz and Joel Samaha will participate in the main draw beginning Oct. 7. 

Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis Alex Dorato is excited about his player's prospects in the tournament. 

"Although the competition is the best in the country, I am hoping to come away from the tournament with at least a win or two.  Certainly, all of our entrants have a reasonable shot."

Coach Dorato sees the competition as an opportunity for player growth beyond the tournament itself. 

"The tournament will also provide our players with great experience playing against the highest level.  This will help us to pinpoint what we'll need to work on to reach our potential."

Yale will also play on Oct. 9 and 10 at the Army Invitational in West Point, N.Y.

report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity