Men¡¯s Tennis Team Downs Yale in ECAC Quarterfinals
State College, Pa. ¨C October 1, 2005 ¨C The Penn State Nittany Lion men¡¯s tennis team posted an impressive 6-1 win over Yale today in the quarterfinals of the 2005 ECAC Championships, played at the USTA¡¯s National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Penn State was paced by senior Malcolm Scatliffe (San Bernardino, Calif.), who got a win at No. 2 singles and helped Penn State clinch the doubles point with a win at No. 3 doubles.
Scatliffe downed Yale¡¯s Milosz Gudzowski 6-3, 4-6, 10-8, to grab a win at No. 2, but it was his 8-3 win at No. 3 singles, along with Michael James (Clifton, Va.) that secured the match¡¯s first point and get Penn State off to a good start.
¡°Getting off to a good start with the point in doubles play was crucial for us,¡± said head coach Jan Bortner. ¡°That point, combined with impressive early singles wins at No. 5 and 6 really got us rolling and allowed us to get a win over a very good Yale team.¡±
Penn State¡¯s only loss was suffered by No. 1 singles player Mark Barry (St. Charles, Ill.), who was dealt a 6-4, 6-4 defeat by Yale¡¯s Brandon Wai. Penn State is now 2-0 on the year and will face No. 4 seed Penn in the ECAC semifinals tomorrow at 9 a.m. Penn downed No. 5 Columbia 4-3 today. Should Penn State win tomorrow, it would make its third straight appearance in the ECAC Championships on Monday.
Final Score: Penn State 6, Yale 1