Doubles earns sweep, but #24 Trinity rallies for 5-4 win over men's tennis

Dave Yovanoff '13 and Ezra Bernstein '12
Dave Yovanoff '13 and Ezra Bernstein '12

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Brandeis men's tennis team swept all three doubles matches from 24th-ranked Trinity (Conn.) College, but the Bantams rallied to take five of six in singles action and escape with a 5-4 win.

Brandeis (4-10) got offf to a hot start, as senior Ezra Bernstein (Buffalo, N.Y./City Honors School) and junior Dave Yovanoff (Eden, N.Y./Eden) picked up an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles, while juniors Josh Jordan (Northboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) and Steven Milo (Woodbury, N.Y./Syosset) won by the same score at No. 2. For Milo, it was his first match since March 10th. The Judges completed the doubles sweep at No. 3 when rookies Michael Secular (Bronx, N.Y./Plant, Fla.) and Alec Siegel (Deerfield, Ill/Deerfield North) won a tiebreaker, 7-2, for a 9-8 win.

Unfortunately, the Judges could not sustain their momentum into singles action, where Trinity (8-5) won all five of their points in straight sets. Bernstein earned the Judges' only singles win after the match had been decided, 7-5, 4-6, 10-5, in a third-set super tiebreaker at No. 4.  Secular and Siegal had the next-closest sets. Siegel fell, 7-5, in the first at No. 3 before dropping a 6-1 decision to Jugal Marfata of the Bantams in the second, while at No. 5, Secular took Ned Mandel to a tiebreaker in the second before bowing, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

The Judges return to action Sunday at 11 a.m. in their home finale against Division I Bryant University.

Brandeis University Men's Tennis
Trinity (Conn.) College vs Brandeis (Apr 17, 2012)

#24 Trinity (Conn.) College 5, Brandeis 4
Apr 17, 2012 at Waltham, Mass. (Rieger Tennis Courts) 


Singles competition
1. Anson McCook (TRIN) def. Josh Jordan (BRMTEN) 6-2, 6-0
2. Kayong Lee (TRIN) def. David Yovanoff (BRMTEN) 6-2, 6-4
3. Jugal Marfatia (TRIN) def. Alec Siegel (BRMTEN) 7-5, 6-1
4. Ezra Bernstein (BRMTEN) def. Charles McConnell (TRIN) 7-5, 4-6, 10-5
5. Ned Mandel (TRIN) def. Michael Secular (BRMTEN) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Daniel Carpenter (TRIN) def. Adam Brown (BRMTEN) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Ezra Bernstein/David Yovanoff (BRMTEN) def. Ned Mandel/Anson McCook (TRIN) 8-5
2. Josh Jordan/Steven Milo (BRMTEN) def. Kayong Lee/Charles McConnell (TRIN) 8-5
3. Michael Secular/Alec Siegel (BRMTEN) def. Dill Ayres/Ilya Levin (TRIN) 9-8 (7-2)

Match Notes
Trinity (Conn.) College 8-5; National ranking #24; Regional ranking #7
Brandeis 4-10; Regional ranking #10