NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman Kyle Mautner and sophomore Josh Pompan each notched a pair of victories on Saturday to move into the Round of 16 of the USTA/ITA Regional at Yale University.
Although the Quakers were unable to register a doubles win on Saturday, Mautner and Pompan led the way for a solid singles’ showing. After receiving byes due to their seeding, both players recorded two triumphs on Saturday to move into the Fourth Round. Pompan defeated Binghamton’s Eliott Hureau, 6-3, 6-4 -- before needing three sets to dispose of Cornell’s Chris Vrabel, who was also seeded. After dropping the first set (6-3), Pompan rallied to take the final two, 7-6, 6-4.
With the victories, Pompan set himself up for a matchup against the top overall seed, Dovydas Sakinis of Dartmouth, on Sunday.
Mautner, on the other hand, didn’t drop a set en route to the Round of 16. First, he defeated Yale’s Tyler Svenning, 6-2, 7-5 and then tallied a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Vaidik Munshaw of St. John’s.
In other singles action, Zach Lessen built off his Friday victory with another three-set win over Harvard Andy’s Zhou on Saturday. Lessen dropped the first set 6-4, but rallied to win the final two, 7-6, 7-5. Lessen’s run would end with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat to Columbia’s Daniel Grunberger. Senior captain Vim De Alwis also notched a victory on Saturday, dropping Daniil Ivanov of St. Peter’s, 6-4, 6-2.
Mautner and Pompan will look to advance to the quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon, following two rounds of doubles play at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.