NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Dartmouth men’s tennis improved to 11-0 with its 4-1 victory over Princeton in the semifinal of the ECAC Championship on Saturday, rebounding from a dropped doubles point to take the match.
“It’s definitely a confidence boost for the entire team to see proof that we can win matches when we drop the doubles point,” head coach Chris Drake said. “You can’t have a much closer doubles point than three simultaneous tiebreakers, so to recover from that and win the first four completed singles matches says a lot about our resolve and resilience. Every guy gave us a great chance in singles today. We are proud to represent Dartmouth in the finals tomorrow.”
Dartmouth shut the match down in lineup order, starting at No. 1 and going down to the No. 4 position. Broom evened the score with his 6-4, 6-1 victory over Ryan Seggerman at the top spot, while freshman Dan Martin gave the Green the lead with his 7-5, 6-4 win over Kial Kaiser. Horneffer dropped his first set, 7-5, to Damian Rodriguez, but came back to win the remaining two, 6-4, 6-0 to make it a 3-1 match. Senior Max Fliegner did the same, recovering from a 7-5 loss in the first to take the final two, 6-2, 6-2, to clinch the win.
The Big Green will play the winner of Harvard/Cornell in the final at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
1) No. 19 Broom/Horneffer (Dartmouth) def. Gamble/Rodriguez (Princeton), 7-6(3)
2) Seggerman/Holden (Princeton) def. Glasnovic/Ross (Dartmouth), 7-6(5)
3) Kaiser/Vives (Princeton) def. Conklin/Fliegner (Dartmouth), 7-6(6)
Order of finish: 1,2,3
1) Broom (Dartmouth) def. Seggerman (Princeton), 6-4, 6-1
2) Martin (Dartmouth) def. Kaiser (Princeton), 7-5, 6-4
3) Horneffer (Dartmouth) def. Rodriguez (Princeton), 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
4) Fliegner (Dartmouth) def. Gamble (Princeton), 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
5) Riccardi (Dartmouth) vs. Vives (Princeton), 3-6, 6-3, 4-4, DNF
6) Ross (Dartmouth) vs. Roberts (Princeton), 6-3, 2-6, 2-3, DNF
Order of finish: 1,2,3,4