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Rao captures Cornell Invitational

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Sophomore tennis player Akshay Rao (New Delhi, India) captured the "A" singles flight at the Cornell Invitational on Sunday, completing a tournament in which he won all four of his matches. Rao defeated an opponent from Yale 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals before advancing to the championship. Rao also defeated an opponent from Army who is regionally ranked. The Cornell Invitational included squads from Yale, Army, Maryland-Baltimore Country, and the University of Connecticut. Freshman Jordan Steinberg (Suffern, N.Y.) won his first match in the "C" singles flight, 6-3, 6-1 over an opponent from Stony Brook, before falling 6-2, 2-6, 2-6 to an opponent from Connecticut.

Complete Team Results

"A" Singles

Akshay Rao defeated third-seeded Arnie Albornoz (Army) 6-4, 6-3
Akshay Rao defeated Scott Spencer (Cornell) 6-1, 6-2
Akshay Rao defeated Johnny Lu (Yale) 6-1, 6-4
Akshay Rao defeated John Sabia (Army) withdrew due to injury

Milosz Gudzowski (Yale) defeated Brad Davidoff 6-3, 6-3

"B" Singles

Alexander Lowe (Colgate) defeated Steve Spencer 6-1, 7-6 (1)
Third-seeded Michael Schlappig (Cornell) defeated Brian O'Connor 6-1, 6-0

"C" Singles

Fourth-seeded Max Zubatsky (Connecticut) defeated Ryan Rosenthal 6-2, 6-4
Jordan Steinberg defeated James Carpenter (Stony Brook) 6-3, 6-1

"D" Singles

First-seeded Neil Tolaney (Yale) defeated Rodrigo Valle 6-3, 6-4
Noah Himberger (UMBC) defeated Krishna Vallabhaneni 6-4, 6-2
Mike Louis (Connecticut) defeated Joe Caiello 6-1, 6-2

"A" Doubles

Mike Furman/Joe Lang (Connecticut) defeated Brad Davidoff/Rodrigo Valle 8-2
Second-seeded Reed Hagmann/Eric Saccullo (Colgate) defeated Brad Sherwood/Akshay Rao 8-6

"B" Doubles

Wesley Graham/Gregory Fisher (Army) defeated Steve Spencer/Krishna Vallabhaneni 8-6
Scott Paltrowitz/Ray Wu (Cornell) defeated Jordan Steinberg/Brian O'Connor 8-4
Evan Ambrose/Carpenter (Colgate) defeated Joe Caiello/Carpenter 9-8 (3)


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